Pasta de Waraku is a Japanese Casual Pasta and Pizza Café e that delivers pasta dishes, meticulous service and relaxing ambience; all at a reasonable price.
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Pasta De Waraku is one of the few stores that serve Japanese pasta in Singapore. It tastes almost exactly the same as the orthodox Italian pasta except that its noodles taste slightly harder and crunchier while their sauces are creamier.
I really like the tomato based pastas served here as the tomato sauce tastes really fresh. (probably used japanese tomatoes?) The extra cream also gives the sauce a smoother texture that is nice to slurp with the noodles! On the other hand, the cream pasta is slightly too creamy for my liking - it leaves a heavy aftertaste for the next hour or so.
The food here aren’t cheap but neither is it expensive. I would recommend students to visit the restaurant during lunch on a weekday as I enjoyed a student set lunch while I was dining there.
Extensive range of pastas
To be honest, my first reaction upon seeing their large display of pastas was.. to drop my jaw. Yes really. I got so excited just looking at the variety! Everyone loves to have choices, right?
With that many pastas, there's sure to be something for everyone; even vegetarian selects which I'm exceptionally thankful for. I'm not able to eat meat for a period now due to health issues and I crave for so many different kinds of food yet aren't able to eat them because they might be too "indigestible" for me.
Therefore when I came across Waraku, I was just keeling over in excitement! Finally, pastas without meat and the best part is that they taste just as good! I love their Avocado cream pasta, one of my favorites right now.
Their drinks are also much loved- the Matcha Vanilla (Matcha with Vanilla ice cream). That has got to be the best combination.
The wait for your dishes to be served could get a little lengthy though, probably because they have to source for the ingredients. Too many fridges to contain everything? Hahaha!
Yummy Jap Pasta
When Pasta de Waraku first opened in Singapore, I got to know about it from the flyers being distributed by the staff with discount coupons attached. At 50% off most dishes, I couldn't help but walk past to take a look. I was instantly attracted by the window display of their dishes, especially by the ice-creams and desserts which look so deliciously yummy!
My first order of their carbonara pasta did not disappoint me, and soon I found myself using up nearly all the 50% coupons on the flyer and trying out each of the pastas and pizzas.
I continue visiting their outlets for the half sets which consist of 2 half-sized mains, soup or salad and drink. Their set lunches are value for money too. Thinking about it now, I'm getting hungry!
Before I even patronised Pasta De Waraku I already had an impression formed in my head: The diverse range of delicious pasta display on brighlt lighted glass walls. As a kid I used to scrutinize the displays, wondering if they were fake or real, and until today, I still can't tell.Very effective visual merchandising i must say!
I have tried the two signature dishes, Carbonara and Squid Ink pasta. I loved the Carbonara. It was creamy yet light, and the bacon was in generous portions! At the age of 12, it was the first time i ate runny eggs besides those that came with Kaya toasts! Right now, even as i feel guilty about gulping high cholesterol yolk, it's always an exception for Pasta De Waraku's Carbonara.
The Squid Ink pasta looked horrendously disturbing. "What on earth is that black gooey mash doing on plate?!?" That was my first impression. The taste was surprisingly (and luckily) not as bad as it looks, and had a unique seafood-like flavour. However, the fact remains that I am extremely judgemental about the appearance of food, and hence I am never gonna order that again. (you should try it if you haven't though!)
Comfort food for me
The staples when I visit Pasta De Waraku are: the Corn soup and the Pasta Carbonara.
The Corn soup is served in an interesting tall bowl with a really wide mouth and small base. They provide you with a small metal soup ladle to eat it better with. I like the part where they stir in the milk halfway for you and you can still see circles of it from the surface of the soup. They are very generous with the corn kernels too. The Carbonara is fabulous. Pasta perfectly done al dente, creamy carbonara sauce with strips of smoked bacon and a half cooked egg on top of it. When you mix it all up, every strand of pasta is too precious to waste. I normally use a fork and the soup ladle to eat my pasta because every mouthful is just so good. Wash it all down with a cup of hot green tea and I'll be well satisfied for the day.
With their affordable price range, I would say that there is definitely something for everyone's tastebuds!
Food standards have dropped
It used to be our favourite hangout place but not anymore.
The service has gone crappy and so has the food. The last time we were there (the outlet at Central), our food took forever to come and it was so hard to get the attention of the waiting staff that we nearly wanted to walk out. We ordered some unagi pasta, and some pizza with salmon toppings. When our food finally came, we were disappointed that the pasta was not as flavourful as we recalled it to be. What we loved about their pasta way back then was the satisfying portion, and the combination of garlicky flavour and (what we believed was) fish sauce. But this time round, not only did the flavour not match up to expectation, but portions have shrunk as well.
The pizza we had was served cold so that every mouthful I had gave me the feeling that I was chewing on someone's belt. And yet all their pizzas are of the thin-crust variety, so they were supposed to be crisp. That was what we used to love about their pizzas.
We haven't visited Waraku for quite some time now, and we go to Yomenya Goemon to satisfy our cravings for Japanese-themed pastas.
Pasta de Waraku is one of my favourite pasta restaurants, and I absolutely love the Carbonara pasta. Its sauce was thick and creamy, and blended very well with the cheese I added to it. Its flavour is also not too overwhelming and overpowering, so you can keep eating it without getting sick of it, especially if you love cream and cheese.
I also tried some of their side dishes, including their takoyaki which were quite impressive, although not as great as the takoyaki from Tako Pachi, my favourite takoyaki brand.
Pasta de Waraku's prices are also pretty decent, nothing too expensive so you won't have to break the bank to eat there.
Waraku should just stick to Japanese food...
After trying once at Pasta de Waraku, I'm not in a hurry to return any time soon (in fact, I have not stepped into Pasta de Waraku for more than a year). They should just stick to Japanese food and not try to venture into the fusion food.
The pasta wasn't outstanding and comparable to the ones I've had at Pasta Mania, if not worse but the prices are double the amount. I failed to feel al dente in their pastas, the creamy sauce too bland for my liking and the accompanying meat/seafood were mediocre.
Good thing about the restaurant during my visit was the quiet ambiance we're in, with really little people around at that time.
It may not be fair to take my comments based on a single visit so do take them with a pinch of salt. I might return to give them another chance but honestly, I'm not in a hurry to do so.
Italian food is really a huge influence in my food addiction list and I must say I have a love for Carbonara Pasta. As such, it is no surprise that I would order Carbonara Waraku Pasta when I patronised Waraku.
I have visited different branches of Pasta de Waraku and the one that puts me off was Pasta de Waraku at The Central. The carbonara pasta was disappointing. The cream was not thick and the pasta was hard. The taste of the sauce was not rich enough for me.
Unlike the one at The Central, Pasta de Waraku at the Heeren was much better. The pasta was just at the right softness and the thick, rich and creamy sauce was thoroughly mixed in the meat. The ambience added merit to their pasta as well. Hence, it differs.
Loving the soup spaghetti!
At times when I feel like spending a little more than I usually do on a meal, Pasta de Waraku would be one of the first few places to pop up in my mind. I've been of a fan of this restaurant since 2008 when I first visited the outlet at Changi Airport.
Although I really like their classic flavours like Bolognaise or Carbonara, my most favourite choice would be their chicken and egg soup spaghetti! I originally tried this dish out of curiousity to know how it tastes like. There is a very Japanese-feel to the dish based on the flavour of the soup, and it kind of feels like I am eating ramen, except that I find that this tastes BETTER. I only wish this dish could be part of a lunch or dinner promotion menu, because when I last visited this place with my family, we ended up ordering from the set lunch menu (because it's cheaper of course), and I will eventually have to eat from the set lunch menu because the portion is quite heavy (sharing is caring, haha).
For the set lunch, they have a few choices of combinations, such as spaghetti bolognaise and fish and chips, or carbonara and ribeye steak. In my opinion, their non-spaghetti dishes taste pretty mediocre, so I would prefer to just order the spaghetti from the a-la carte menu in future, and some of my family members even agreed with me on this!