The linguine with crabmeat tomato chili and pinenuts (S$19) was, in short, good and satisfying. I expected no less for that amount of money. I also commend the waiter who automatically brought along a black pepper grinder and I requested for a generous sprinkling. I could detect a really robust sauce which whetted my appetite for sure and I could not wait to dig in as I hurriedly gave the noodles a final toss to mix in the small sprinkling of shredded cheese and pepper (this was definitely not a wet sort of pasta dish).
I found the linguine noodles perfectly al dente, chewy with bite just the way I liked. To be picky, there were mostly shreds of crabmeat with an occasional chunk but I felt overall, the amount of crustacean was slanting towards stingyness and the sweetness of the crab was lost amongst the tomato and chili. But overall, the dish did the trick of filling my stomach and still fulfilled the criteria (whatever that is!) of being a repeat order.
I know you are wondering what the girlfriend got. Her ultimate burger (S$19) was done according to request and accompanied with a huge serving of french fries. The lousy girl tackled only half her burger, vis-a-vis a cleaned out pasta plate, I win hands down!
We arrived too late to order dessert and linger, since we wanted to catch some last minute shopping and the restaurant closes at 9:30pm. So yes, we traded dessert over shopping and I think that is a good enough reason to render a return visit soon.
*Side line - I was attracted to this cute ball of flower at our table.
Moving on, after a spot of shoe-shopping, it was time to rest the feet and catch up proper. Besides, the sweet tooth was beckoning the friend. Being the Starbucks Oreo cheesecake fan that she is, we found ourselves there where I got the mango cheesecake since it looked pretty in its yellowish hue. Well, it was not too sweet but was not cheesy enough. I found it leaning towards a mousse structure, with only a hint of cream cheese as an aftertaste. Although I cleaned up the plate good, I still felt something amiss; definitely not a repeat for sure.