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Mama mia, pasta brava?

Time was, Italian cuisine was so rare in Singapore, we had only one such restaurant of note and that was La Taverna, first sited on Tanglin Road, then later on Emerald Hill Road. Those were the days when I thought it so cool and chic to be taken for a meal there…

Then somehow La Taverna disappeared only to reappear in Sanur in Bali but I am not sure if a) it’s the same LT from my youth and b) if it’s still there, as it’s been a few years since I’ve gone to Bali.

This is a preamble to extol Pasta Brava on Craig Road which I visited last week, guest of JC who works for the man having a 20% interest in the restaurant and also owns the building in which it is located.

For a more complete history of Pasta Brava go here but where I’m concerned it’s of the same lineage as La Taverna, not Pasta Fresca or Da Paolo which in different ways have lost their original shine that had attracted me initially: the served Italian food that’s different from La Taverna!

Perhaps Pasta Brava’s longevity lay in the fact that unlike the other two, it never tried to expand; rather it tried to close but somehow managed to keep going and is well on the way ot its big Two O.

As for JC’s treat, this is the 2nd time in December that I’m being taken there. Perhaps JC is trying to start a tradition of buying me a pre-X’mas meal at Pasta Brava? 😀 Just bring ’em on every year, u hear!

Without more ado, here is what we had: solid good food with no pretensions and in such generous portions that we ended the meal not with tiramisu but a lime sorbet each to help with the digestion!

It could have been a home-cooked meal in a good friend’s home, except for the fact that we were surrounded by strangers in a packed restaurant — despite the fact that it was a week day and we weren’t exactly next to Tanjong Pagar MRT station!

we started with bruschetta

parma on melon to share

JC's substantial beans n sausages

my generous salmon panfried


Unabashed self promotion

If I don’t promote my own blog, I don’t know who would! So, about a month or so ago, I’ve been emailing hapless friends and acquaintances individually and in groups to let them know of the blog’s existence.

I billed it as “the one and only foodblog (at least in Singapore) which uses food to discuss social issues”

Then, to sustain interest, I began sending weekly themed alerts, starting with a topic close to my heart: food prices and the poor and nowhere do they come together so poignantly than when it is food sold at government-funded hospitals such as Tan Tock Seng Hospital, to which the less-wealthy sick would invariably head.

For contrast, I wrote about the food prices at Singapore Management University, which were a fair bit lower, at least from my experience.

Since both TTSH and SMU receive Govt funding, the question is why better control isn’t exerted by the state on prices of food sold at a public hospital? After all, “no patient would last three or four years in a hospital, unlike students who at minimum remain for three years at university”.

For more, go to https://singaporegirl.wordpress.com/2008/08/23/two-pictures-say-so-much/

On reflection that I might unintentionally be creating the impression that Singapore is all about unleavened poverty, I was quick to follow up with a platter of links to my posts showing what the better crust in S’pore feeds on…




The food binge posts led to pleas from non-meat eaters to provide something less heavy on the stomach. Also, B, an old school mate and cause celebre champion in Singapore and some say also in Australia, keeps reminding me about karma and eating vegetarian.

So I succumbed and made a “blast” of links to the following posts that would gladden many a non-meat eater’s heart:






Strangely, my most popular post, measured by the number of visitors happens to be a post about eating avant garde vegetarian food in a sanctuary in the heart of Bishan park which reminds me very much of the tranquil food hot spots in Bali.

This pretend-Bali is of course just a poor cousin to the real McCoy, just like oyster mushroom is to the real fin de claire.

For the real thing, go to https://singaporegirl.wordpress.com/2008/08/28/bali-good/ and https://singaporegirl.wordpress.com/2008/08/31/bali-better/

These posts detail the good, no geat, times my travelling companions had whenever we made our pilgrimages to the isle of gods.

With the Ubud festival just around the corner, Bali will no doubt be once again higher up on the world’s radar. And once again, people will talk about Kuta, Sanur, Legian and Ubud as if these are all the places there is in Bali.

My favourite remains East Bali (Candidasa — about 90 minutes drive on a traffic free road from Denpasar) and North Bali (far further away) where far from the madding crowds, there is so much to do just contemplating the beauty whether natural or man-made.