Nestled in the heart of Robertson Quay you will find a little corner of Italy, in the shape of charming restaurant Mondo Mio. For lovers of Italian cuisine, and that represents the majority of the planet, you will love the authentic menu, warm welcome and vibrant atmosphere of this great find. Robertson Quay is the more family friendly of the three Quay’s and boasts a wide variety of culinary options, In Mondo Mio, we may have found our new favourite Italian dining destination in Singapore.
The eatery offers a large and busy terrace, a popular choice for locals and ex-pats that have become accustomed to the hot sticky Singapore evening and the perfect place to people watch. Inside, however, is also a great option, with a chilled temperature, some classic Italian music and, when it’s busy, which is most nights, a lively atmosphere. We dropped in early evening and found a mixture of office workers enjoying ach others company and a hearty feed after a long day, couples out for a romantic evening and groups of friends, shooting the breeze over some delicious pasta.
We opted for indoors, which was still filling up, where we could still enjoy the lively terrace vibe but at a much cooler temperature. Massimo was looking after us for the evening and suggested starting with the Melanzane alla Parmigiana or layered eggplant baked in the oven with a rich tomato sauce, mozzarella and parmesan. A vegetarian friendly dish that packs a punch, from the strong flavour of the eggplant, the full body of the tomato sauce and the texture of the melted parmesan, all complementing one another perfectly. We also had to sample the Burrata, a tradition whenever we find it on a menu in Ibiza and we were glad we did. With thinly sliced parma ham and salami on a bed of salad it offered a fantastically creamy consistency and melted in the mouth.
For main courses, there is a bounty of options to choose from; the pizza’s looked great, as they swept past our table and out to the terrace, the tagliolini al Nero di seppia (homemade black ink pasta with bottarga and scallops) is also a popular dish, as is the gnochetti in salsa Zafferano e gamberoni, or dumplings with prawn and saffron for those that don’t speak Italian. There’s really nothing on the menu that won’t exceed expectations! We opted for the signature pasta dish, pasta Mondo Mio, which consisted of garganelli pasta with porcini, minced beef sautéed with fresh cream and finished off with shredded fresh Pecorino cheese and the Costata di Manzo alla Griglia, a 150 days grain-fed Argentinian angus rib eye, with black pepper sauce, cooked to medium. Please note, if you like your steak barbecued within an inch of its life, this is not the place for you, Mondo Mio takes its meat preparation very seriously! The pasta was worthy of the signature tag, all of the ingredients combining to offer a mouth-watering result, which, given that it disappeared in record time, proved hugely popular around the table. The steak was cooked to perfection, the knife sliced through it with ease and it melted in the mouth. Salted to perfection, it was another dish that disappeared all too quickly!
The grand finale of our Italian feast was the pistachio tiramisu and it proved a fitting climax to our gastronomic adventure. It’s strange that no matter how full you are after working your way through the first couple of courses, there’s always room for something sweet. The traditional Italian dessert offered what looked like a tough challenge when it landed, layers of sweetness, that, after our previous courses, we feared may be too much for us. Nothing could be further from the truth, after the first spoonful hit the mouth, it was demolished as if we hadn’t eaten for hours! The good news is that Mondo Mio is open for lunch, dinner or if you just want to pop in for drinks, it also has a second are where you can catch live sport and sip a classic red. The Italian eatery also delivers and is available for takeaway so you can also enjoy its amazing menu in the comfort of your own home.
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