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Kabe no Ana

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Pumpkin croquette

Nex has always provided the dining option for me whenever I need a quick fix at somewhere convenient. Kabe no ana is a casual eatery specialising in Japanese pastas and pizzas, part of the Japanese chain of eateries at a corner of the mall – Shokutsu 10. Its a cozy space with warm lights and particularly attractive to families. There you can also find seafood by Kuriya market, soba by Shimbashi Soba and japanese pastries from a bakery all on my list to try next.

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Chicken teriyaki

I tried two pizzas – Teriyaki Chicken ($5.9) and Pumpkin Croquette ($6.9) and a pasta – Mentaiko Carbonara($13.9). Personally I find the pizzas here much better than the pastas. They were certainly good and that surprised me. I like that the crust is thin and a little crispy, just of the right consistency. The teriyaki chicken (a house favorite) was certainly flavorful; the pumpkin croquette was special with a quirky yet unforgettable taste. Another point to add is that the pizzas come in small sizes as well – no worries about  sharing.

On the other hand, I felt that the bacon bits enhanced the carbonara but the dish was a tad too dry. Still, the menu has an extensive range of japanese pastas to choose from (more than 25) and with a little bit of luck it may be possible to get a hidden gem. Not to forget, many set lunches and meals are there to satisfy your wallet.

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Service was rather shabby at times with some miscommunications between the waitresses and customers. I was rather disappointed that most of the better-looking desserts on the menu were not available, I had to make do with a strawberry ice cream ($6.9) which looked better than it tasted. Otherwise, I would be more than happy to have the lava cakes and tiramisu on the menu.

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23 Serangoon Central

#B1-80 NEX Mall

Opens 1100 – 2200 daily

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La Nonna Italian Restaurant

Before this, I already had a target on La Nonna, after finding out that it serves traditional Italian cuisine. “La Nonna” means the Grandmother, implying the cosy, heartening type of food a grandma would cook. I believe I’ve quite found the right place to satisfy my Italian craving. This is it. Furthermore, with its second outlet opened and located more conveniently at Holland Village, I’ll never have too much of transport woes!

Complementary bread well, is a complementary thing and it probably serves as a compliment to us too. It makes everyone happy. What’s even better is that the bread and crackers’ light taste, together with the neutral and healthier olive oil, gives you the appetite and momentum to continue into your appetizers and main courses.
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A what appears to be a vegetarian dish but is actually not, the Penne Delle Nonna ($18) had an authentic Italian touch to it. The penne clearly had a firm texture to it, done al dente. The sauce was cooked well with the penne and ended quite a fulfilling dish.
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What a better way to end off an Italian meal with none other than the original Tiramisu ($12)? I always make it a point to order tiramisus whenever I’m dining Italian style, that’s when you get the real deal out of a tiramisu. The tiramisu here is definitely one of the better ones around, so soft and irresistible. It has a certain kind of attraction which causes you to instantly pop every bit of it into your mouth the moment you meet it.
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Indoors dining proved to be a cosy option while the alfresco area may be rather dusty and humid. I received pretty casual yet friendly service and mannerism which I would applaud for. Also, don’t forget to try their signature pizzas.

Alternatively, their 1-for-1 main course/pasta/pizza during the weekdays lunch specials and 20% discount off all drinks is pretty value for money, not to forget their 3 course set lunch at $22++ as well.

 

26/26B Lorong Mambong

Singapore 227685

 

76 Namly Place

Singapore 267226

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