We are always on the hunt for a plate of good carbonara. For those unaware, it is an Italian pasta dish based on eggs, cheese, bacon, and black pepper. Spaghetti, fettuccine, rigatoni, linguine or bucatini are usually used as the pasta. Many restaurants would offer the popular Spaghetti bolognese but exclude carbonara from the menu. Could it be too challenging for the culinary skills that most chefs rather not risk their reputation?
What makes a great carbonara? The black pepper has to be obviously sprinkled but not overpowering. The creamy sauce has to be thick and covering all string of the pasta. Watch out that it should be moist, not soupy. There must be sufficient bacons filling every mouthful and the taste has to be cheese rich!
We are talking about the carbonara served at Fika Swedish Café & Bistro in Millenia Walk. Calling it the Creamy Pasta, besides the usual ingredients of a carbonara, they have added the healthy mushrooms, which has done much to enhance the cuisine! The serving was generous but it was so good that we couldn’t get enough.
Just when we thought that nothing could surpass their creamy pasta, we were again surprised by our second order, Steak with warm potato salad. We had requested the main Black Angus sirloin to be “medium well” and they had done it tenderly juicy without dripping blood. There was a visually pleasing piece of garlic-butter placed on the steak and it was marvellous to go with the meat. The potatoes were really warm (many restaurant tends to carelessly serve it cold) and together with the sides onions, tomatoes mixed with the garden greens, and a whole grain mustard sauce makes this another perfect dish!
We were actually very full after finishing the dishes but we can’t bear to leave without checking out the cakes and coffee. For the desserts, we have 4 slices of cakes and a cup of Gevalia coffee.
The cakes may not look spectacular but were equally as great! We have ordered the Salted Caramel Cheesecake, Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch Mousse Cake, Lingonberry Cheesecake, and Red Velvet Cake. They stands out with very distinctive rich flavour, especially the Red Velvet Cake, which could be the best we have ever tasted! The friendly service staffs were sharing with us that the more popular cakes were the Salted Caramel Cheesecake, and Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch.
Having the delightful cakes with the aroma coffee was an enjoyable retreat at Fika. It was the first time we have a coffee from the fame roastery based in Sacandinavia hence we have no other comparison to make. However, it was those thick bitter brew coffee that we love.
The outing at Fika was probably the best we have this year so far. The service staffs were helpful and well verse in their menu. The restaurant is spaciously lay out with nice cosy corners to make you feel at home. Now some of you may be put off by the price tags of its menu – the total bill for our orders was about S$80 before taxes – you could install the Eatigo apps to enjoy up to 50% off! We are sure you will agree that it is a huge bargain to have such high quality food at half price.
Address: Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-20/22, Singapore 039596
Tel: +65 6336 7234
Note: The restaurant serve complimentary iced water.
1) Steak with Warm Potato salad – S$27.90++
2) Creamy Pasta – S$21.90++
3) Salted Caramel Cheesecake – S$5.90++ per slice
4) Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch Mousse Cake – S$5.90++ per slice
5) Lingonberry Cheesecake – S$5.90++ per slice
6) Red Velvet Cake – S$5.90++ per slice
7) Gevalia Coffee – Flat white – S$6.50++