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Mondo Mio

It was coincidental that I had lunch at this Italian restaurant this weekend but I needed to pass some time and the $12 nett set lunch sounded too good of a deal to pass on so I stepped in. The Italian restaurant manager seated me quickly in a cosy corner where I could pretend to look important and browse my magazine.

I found out later that Mondo Mio meant "My World" and this restaurant originated from Japan. That explains why there is some Japanese interpretations on the menu, like "mentaiko pasta". The focus was on South Italian cuisine, using only olive oil and not butter as the cooking fat of choice. That also explained why the olive oil served with the bread was pretty good and tasted fresh and rather fruity.

First course was a bowl of tomato cream soup that unfortunately tasted nothing of the fruit but a saltish and watered down cream. I had a few spoonfuls and then gave up. My main course was slightly better. I ordered the mushroom pizza over 2 other pastas. I would have thought the serving could perhaps be smaller, given it was part of a set lunch but it was as per a la carte, about 12". It was topped generously with a lot of mozzarella cheese, so much so I had the highly desirable stringy effect. But the sliced mushrooms used were oddly shiitake, and not the brown or button variety. It was not bad, but tasted strange on first taste before I just got used to it.

Dessert was a lonely scoop of gelato. I don't even know what flavour it was but it was green, and did not taste minty. If I had to venture a guess, it would be pistachio? In any case, it was decent and creamy, definitely appreciated on that sunny day. The lunch ended nicely with a strong cup of fresh brew, served alongside with a tiny pitcher of steamed milk. Oh well, it was not the best Italian meal I've had, but for that price and the really attentive service, I really cannot complain.

Mondo Mio
30 Robertson Quay #01-02A
Riverside View
Tel: (65) 6736-2503


gourmandtales said…
for the price , its not bad:)

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