Fnb Pasta Mania

Bryan Freeman

The first Pastamania restaurant opened in Singapore on April 1998, it has since expanded across the island and into neighbouring countries and regions.
The façade of the restaurant is wide open, lacking the barriers that direct customer traffic, unlike other restaurants in the mall. In fact, the old-time feel coupled with the warm, cosy ambience is reminiscent of Italian mob pasta eateries sans the mobsters.
Or it could just be me.
The restaurant hoists a selection of themed colours; red, orange, black and white. These carry through throughout the entire restaurant, from the diamond tiled floor, to the orange stippled wall, to the black dropdown over the counter that carries the logo and even the service counter, a nice bright, supple red. These strong earth tones push waves of comfort and ‘homeliness’ through the restaurant and even lapped upon me, as I stood at the entrance.
The entrance was blocked by the dinner crowd, queuing to place orders at the service counter. The line extended out and across the restaurant, forming a human blockade that really made for difficult navigation.
The menu offers a variety of main dishes, separated into categories of Pasta, Pizza and Panini. It also offers the other usual items like Desserts and Beverages; nothing too exciting there.
The menu itself is just a pleasant explosion of colour and tantalising pictures, the three-flap menu will confuse at first, as I was when I opened it, but after some processing, becomes easy to read and understand. Food items were described well enough to give an understanding of the dish but not enough to whet my appetite.
I order the Meatballs in Fusilli together with a Combo set of a coke, garlic bread and a bowl of soup. Payment is quick and I get my drink straightaway, together with my garlic bread; I’m told the soup was being prepared and I would get it within the next five minutes.
The garlic bread, despite noticing that they just re-toast...