Pontini was the italian restaurant where I had my first taste of squid ink pasta some years back. Imagine black gooey pasta that leaves stains all over your mouth and teeth. Disgusting, but heavenly. I couldn't find any other places that whip up a better squid ink pasta than here. Fast forward some years later and its time for a revisit.
Pontini is located within Grand Copthorne Waterfront hotel, so its decor and ambience were of a certain class. It was a weekday that night and had relatively little diners. The friendly waitresses were mostly from the Philipines and you might take some time adjusting to their accent.
Couldn't stop munching on these the moment they came. The two sauces (which I suspected to be egg york cream and grinded olive) tastes really good too. There were also another complimentry bowl of warm assorted bread.
Beef Carpaccio with Eggplant ($26.00)
Pan-seared Foie Gras on Toast with Apple Sauce ($29.50)
The beef carpaccio was a season special, slightly different from its usual topping of cheese flakes. The beef was fresh and distinct in taste , with the eggplant slightly marinated to give a bit more flavour.
I find the foie gras rather overpriced given its small small portion. Nevertheless, it was well cooked with a slight burn on its surface, going well with the toast and apple sauce.
Squid Ink Tagolini (Main Course Portion) ($34.50)
The star of tonight's dinner! I'm not sure if memory failed me, but I was rather sure that last time round the sauce was also of squid black colour. Nevertheless, the al dente tagolini were bursting with intense flavour, well complemented with fresh scallops, tomato shreds and the now lighter sauce. The squid taste lingered in your mouth even after you have swallowed it, but now with less stains on the teeth!
Tri-meat Pizza ($26.00)
Couldn't remember the exact name, but its a thin crust pizza with three types of meat and mushroom. The dough soaked up the delicious meat juices and the burnt sides hinted faintly of usage of a real wooden fire. Meat-lovers will happily devour it all!
Dessert Platter ($27.00)
Consisting of Tiramisu, Creme Brulee and a Ice-cream-like Almond dessert. Not particularly outstanding but good for trying out a variety of desserts.
Total bill for 3 was $230.30, inclusive of a bottle of red wine and a 1L Panna mineral water, and after a 15% Citibank discount. Prices are on the steep side, go easy on some of the not-so-recommended starters and desserts, but personally still feels that its the best place to go for squid ink pasta, unless you guys know of a even better one!