When it comes to pasta, I’m not one to go big on fancy schmancy restaurants.
Raised on my family’s frugal philosophy, I grew up with the mentality that I shouldn’t have to pay good money for whatever I can nail in my own kitchen… which explains why I still head over to McDonald’s for my Hot Cake fix 😛 (but that’s a story for another day).
So when my friend suggested lunch at Bakerzin in VivoCity, I couldn’t help but feel a little skeptical.
Don’t get me wrong; I was a fan when they first opened their doors in Tampines 1, but since then, their menu has seen so many changes that I hardly know what to expect (pretty much like every girl who’s seen the love of her life morph into a douche over time). That, coupled with a few not-so-pleasant dining experiences, put it waaaay below on my list of to-dine places in the West.
But as they say, everyone deserves a second chance, and restaurants are no exception. So, I thought, why the hell not? 😀
Arriving early, I decided to grab a seat before the lunch crowd started piling in. Lush curtains, tables aplenty, and best of all, the afternoon sun light was peeking in at just the right angle. In other words, perfect for an Instagram-worthy lunch.
There was just one thing missing from this picturesque scene: there was no waiter or waitress in sight. Wait, what? Leaving your restaurant ‘unattended’ during the lunch hour? That’s equivalent to a shepherd bailing on his sheep at, well, whenever.
I hovered around for a good 5 minutes before a lone waitress emerged from the kitchen. Handing me a couple of menus, she swiftly led me over to my table, leaving me to pick our mains before another waiter materialized to take our orders.
Not exactly the most promising start to a meal, but hey, we’re all in it for the food, aren’t we?
Not sure what to expect, I ordered a Carbonara (S$19.20): pasta drenched in cream thickened with egg, and topped with bacon, parma ham and cheese. Not bad for my first time having Carbonara; the cheese wasn’t too overwhelming, and there was just enough bacon and ham to go around. 😀
Unfortunately, the pasta was a little dry, and tasted like it had been sitting on my plate for quite a while before being served.
Didn’t get to try my friend’s Penne Arrabiata (S$17.50), but she went straight for it without having to refer to the menu, so I guess Bakerzin must have done something right. 😛
Dessert, though, was a completely different story. I’ve heard about Bakerzin’s macarons (S$2) coming out like rejects from baking school, but these after-lunch sweets – oh my, heavenly! 😀 Two sweet, crispy shells held together by thick, creamy filling, nothing sweetened our meal better than these darlings. We had Yuzu and Sakura flavours, by the way. 😉
Would I go back to Bakerzin for lunch again? Probably not, but I wouldn’t mind having a couple of their macarons if I ever need a sugar rush at work. 😉
1 Harbourfront Walk
Contact: 6438 8700
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 8pm