“Underrated Italian Restaurant along Robertson Quay”
Mondo Mio Italian Restaurant is one of those restaurants that you would easily miss, perhaps due to the non-fanciful decoration when you strolled along Robertson Quay. Little did I know that they are celebrating their 10th anniversary, and recently revamped their menu and designed special four-course set menu ($45 per pax) from 25 September 2016 to 15 December 2016!
We started the meal with Insalata di Baccala ed Agrumi ($16) with my favourite cod fish tossed with mandarin, kiwi, grapefruit and orange olive oil. My first time having cod fish with fruits. Initially I thought that it would be weird, but the refreshing fruits with the natural sweetness of the flaky steamed cod fish was such an amazing twist!
Rosoni Di Zucchine alla Griglia Ripieni ($14) was prepared using grilled zucchini and wrapped around mozzarella and ham with mint béchamel. When I first saw zucchini, I got a bit worried because it is not my favourite food. However, the layer was so thin that it was kinda crunchy, and the cheesy interior overwhelmed everything. Their combination tends to make you think twice, but you will never regret because of the surprise element.
Pizza con Rucola Pesto ($22) is made from scratch using natural yeast, and they strongly believe that Italian pizzas must be thin crust and crispy. Topped with rocket pesto, mozzarella, salami, ricotta and cherry tomatoes, the pizza was so thin that one slice is not enough because it was so authentic and fresh! Oh, and remember to do it the most traditional way by using your hand instead of fork/knife.
As for their pasta, everything is also handmade freshly on a weekly basis and they have at least 7 types of pasta. Tagliatelle Fatte in Casa Con Crema di Melanzane e Cicale ($26) is made of tagliatelle with eggplant sauce and topped with sautéed crayfish. Yes, eggplant sauce. I only start to appreciate eggplant in recent years, because of peranakan cuisine and curry fishhead. But eggplant sauce sounds interesting. You will be mindblown because the texture of the tagliatelle was thin yet firm, silky and smooth. Eggplant sauce was so comforting and delicious, creamy and thick. My top recommendation to order this dish!
Gnocchetti in Salsa di Scampi, Zafferano e Gameroni ($28) is simply empty small potato dumpling with their homemade scampi salsa with saffron and prawns. The chef used his special seafood stock for this dish, so seafood lovers will rejoice! Texture was al-dente but could be too jelak if you finish it on your own.
They also have non-pasta/pizza dishes such as Scaloppine al Marsala ($24) with pounded veal fillets prepared with Marsala red wine sauce and roasted vegetables. The meat was tender and juicy, probably due to the pounding. But I say since you are already here at an Italian restaurant, go for their homemade pasta or pizza!
I really can’t get enough of their Pistacchio Tiramisu ($12) – mascarpone cheese infused with pistachio paste, sponge finger soaked in Bailey’s and complemented with Sicilian pistachios. The overall taste reminds me of almond flavour, though no almond was used. The pistachio sauce was irresistible with the Baileys, and the whole tiramisu was soft yet not-overly moist!
Cannoli Siciliani con Pera e Ricotta ($12 for 3 pieces) is one of the traditional Italian desserts filled with ricotta, Chantilly cream with diced pear, and garnished with caramelized walnuts. As I was too impressed with their pistachio tiramisu, this dessert is like the usual crispy fried dough (you tiao) with cream.
Thank you Mondo Mio for the invitation!
Mondo Mio Italian Restaurant
30 Robertson Quay,
#01-02A Riverside View,
Monday to Sunday – 11am to 2pm; 6pm to 10.30pm