Casual Japanese Dining at Pasta de Waraku

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Smoked Duck with Sweet Chili Sauce
Smoked Duck with Sweet Chili Sauce

I have only a few expectations when it comes to airport food.  But lately, some good restaurants have located their branches in terminals making people in transit  like us have better choices when it comes to food. When we arrived in Changi Airport in Singapore, the group ate at Pasta de Waraku, a Casual Japanese Pasta and Cafe Restaurant. Waraku in Japanese means “Peace and Harmony” and seeing the warm interiors, nicely-decorated walls filled up with patterns of their plated dishes and a welcoming staff, I was already looking forward to enjoy their meals.

The Soup of the Day and small Salad Bowl
The Soup of the Day and small Salad Bowl

I like the concept of their dinner menu. For SG$24.80 (P870) we get to choose one main course meal, one pasta dish, one drink and one dessert. It’s like a full course meal since we were also served soup and a small bowl of salad. I thought the price ain’t that bad for Singapore standards considering the size of the serving.

Iced Lemon Tea as choice of drinks
Iced Lemon Tea as choice of drinks

For the main course I chose a Smoked Duck with Sweet Chili Sauce. It came with a Potato Salad which looks more like French Fries and nice little cubes of fried tofu. I really like the Sweet Chili Sauce which highlights the flavor of the tender duck meat. The fries were okay but I liked those fried tofu a lot.

A plateful smoked Duck with Pasta
A plateful smoked Duck with Pasta

Since it’s dinner, I wanted something light so I chose the Scallop and Asparagus Pasta with Wafu Sauce which has their “Healthy” stamp approval. It came on the same plate as the main course. It has shreds of nori on top of the pasta. I thought the pasta was a bit dry with light wafu (Japanese vinaigrette) but it was still mildly-flavored with a sizable portion of scallop bits.

Black Sesame Ice Cream
Black Sesame Ice Cream

I was looking forward to dessert since it’s was my first time to try out their Black Sesame Ice Cream. I thought the flavor was really interesting. The ice cream was creamy but a bit too sweet for me. Still a good one.

The whole dinner set was quite satisfying. We made our way out of the airport and head to downtown Singapore with full tummies for the night.

Pasta de Waraku have branches in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Hong Kong
www.waraku.com.sg

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