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The Platypus restaurants pride themselves on fresh pasta that are hand-kneaded and free of preservatives. Other than catering to the physical health, they ensure customers have a comfortable visit with their cozy ambience and attentive staffs.
If you're big on pasta, Platypus Kitchen isn't a place to miss because of their extensive menu which promises to have something for everyone. They have 64 different pasta dishes to choose from, as well as a side dish selection.
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Value for money CBD gem
This gem of a restaurant is hidden in a relatively obscure corner of Clifford Centre, next to Raffles Place MRT. I was pleasantly surprised to discover this modern and simply furnished eatery tucked away in a dusty corner of an old building.
Platypus test kitchen serves up wholesome gourmet pastas at wallet-friendly prices. My only gripe is with the extensive menu - I took a little less than 15 minutes just deciding what to order. A happy problem perhaps? The staggering number of 60 pastas to choose from left us spoilt for choice. I settled for the Pomodoro Riesling Risotto, a generous plateful of gleaming saffron risotto in tasty tomato sauce, mixed in with chorizo and succulent prawns. The Riesling leaves a distinct aftertaste that I found refreshing - but it may be a turn off to those who don't fancy a little alcohol in their food. At $18.90, I got my money's worth of expertly executed risotto.
The Spicy "Diablo" Crab and Prawn was our favourite of the lot - juicy crab claw and prawn meat was tossed in a tasty egg sauce, enveloping the al dente pasta in a luscious savoury sauce. We upsized our pastas into a meal at an additional $4.50, which completed our main with a soup/salad and a cold beverage.
The pumpkin soup was rich, flavourful and impeccably smooth, without the powdery aftertaste that sometimes accompanies pumpkin purees. My mushroom soup was chunky and rich, with the heady aroma that makes a winning bowl of fresh mushroom broth.
With it's great prices and quality food, I'm surprised that Platypus Kitchen isn't more popular than it should be with the working crowd.
Nothing too memorable
I was at Bukit Timah Plaza one afternoon and decided to try having my lunch at Platypus Kitchen. It was relatively quiet on a weekday afternoon. Just my partner and I and a table of schoolgirls. The menu contains a huge range of pastas and western mains. I noticed some side dishes that were rather special - fries in brown gravy and mashed potato balls. I ordered the aglio olio and had a side of mashed potato balls. You go to the counter to order and pay for your food first, unlike the usual procedure of paying at the end of the meal. The food arrived quickly and the waiter was really polite when asking if we wanted anything else or needed any help or more drinks.
The aglio olio I had was really lacking in flavor and the pasta was so so soft... It was kind of creamy which I found a little weird. The portion was huge and the seafood tasted fresh and they were generous with the amount. I wouldn't order this again though...
The potato balls, on the other hand, was great! Crispy on the outside, fluffy and soft on the insid. REALLY GOOD. Price was affordable although I can't remember how much exactly I spent there. All in all, only the mashed potato balls are worth going back for but for the pastas.. no. It is unlikely that I will visit this place again but if you ever go there, just stay away from their pastas unless you are a fan of mildly flavored and soft pastas.
Up to standard!
The first thoughts that came to my mind when I heard of "Platypus Kitchen" was nothing akin and justifying to their philosophy of serving only the best. It definitely did not ring any image of pasta, yet it is a restaurant that prides itself solely on pasta, and the freshest ones only. Claiming the title of having the most extensive menu of pasta in Asia, Platypus Kitchen definitely has a heavy reputation to uphold. I applaud their boldness for specializing in an area so niche, and I'm without doubt impressed with their delivery of quality food.
With over 60 pastas to choose from, I was utterly spoilt for choices. Indubitably, the menu catered for almost any pasta you have in mind. From the different bases to pasta cut, you will not find yourself lacking in options. I was in fact in so much dilemma that I resolved to second and subsequently third opinions before settling with the Truffle Carbonara with Bacon ($16.90). The linguine was cooked to my standard of perfection with its chewiness, unfortunately just lacking in the right thickness. The cream base tasted different, because I knew from experience that only fresh ingredients used could produce such a fine texture. The amount of truffle given was generous for the price paid, and trust me, it tasted heavenlike for a truffle lover.
The highlight of the meal was however, the truffle fries ($8). You can refer to the picture to see how appetizing it looked, and you can only understand and taste its goodness on your visit there. It is one side dish that will leave you wanting for more, despite knowing it is carbs you're feeding yourself.
They offered a set meal which consisted of Soup of the day and a drink of your choice to accompany your main dish of pasta. All for under $20! Definitely a good deal in my opinion. It can however, be very filling if you're having a set meal along with a side dish (especially when ordering carbonara) so be sure to think wise and share the meal if necessary to avoid wastage!
I personally think that pasta is a dish that is subjective to taste and preferences, so be sure to order something that you personally prefer if you do not want to be disappointed on your first visit. Their cream bases are very thick in consistency, so keep that in mind if you're leaning towards cream based pasta!