Gluten-free pasta lovers rejoice! Is the statement I wanted to start the article with. But as I have not tried Strong Flour’s range of handmade gluten-free pastas, I can’t comment on that.
I can say however, that the regular pastas at Strong Flour are well-made. No chemicals or preservatives, just strong flour, the pastas are made daily and so, expect to see ever-changing specials on the board.
Located at Katong V mall, this sister restaurant to the popular Group Therapy Café (also at the same location) exudes a lovely, casual vibe.
I have dined there twice and happy with the food on both occasions. The Smoked Tomato Soup ($8) is scrumptious. And I don’t even like soup generally – I call it “sick people” food. But this is so robust and smoky-flavoured, I love it! The garlic bread it comes with was a tad soggy, but as that is a result of the heavy-handed smearing of one of my favourite ingredients in the world, garlic, it’s forgivable.
If I see Crab Meat pasta ($19) on the menu, I am bound to order it. I am on the hunt for the best crab meat pasta in Singapore and so far, I’d say La Cantina’s cannot be topped.
La Cantina can rest easy, this version at Strong Flour doesn’t compare, but that’s not to say it wasn’t good. There were chunky pieces of sweet crab meat, with squid-ink pasta cooked in aglio olio style with chilli.
And my hubby, the Vongole ($18) lover, he is on the hunt for the best vongole. Unlike me, he cannot say with conviction where his favourite is but La Cantina’s (again) name has turned up occasionally. And again, La Cantina can take it easy, especially since the vongole at Strong Flour still had the taste of vino evident – the alcohol hadn’t been cooked off sufficiently.
If they fix that, the generous serving of plump clams and the perfectly al dente pasta will make this dish a good one to order at the restaurant.
As I cannot make ravioli at home, I like to order that if I see it on a menu as well. Spinach and Pumpkin Ravioli ($19) sounded good, so that’s what I had on my second visit. Definitely sweet and not sickeningly rich, I enjoyed this dish especially the brown butter and sage sauce – perhaps I would rave about it if the parcels had been of a bigger size and stuffed more with the spinach/pumpkin mix but don’t get me wrong – it’s a good dish.
Finally, pizza. At Strong Flour, it’s super thin base, simply made and since we had a very basic Margherita ($16), suffice to say it was decent. Won’t go running back for the pizzas, but the pastas, yes!
Tried the Lemon Tart ($8) – pretty presentation but you need to use quite a lot of force to cut through the rock-hard crust though! The lemon curd itself was tangy, and the little blobs of citrus and berry jam added to the flavour.
I would definitely return to Strong Flour for their pastas, and try their specials next time. Simple, casual fare in da hood!
Address: #01-01 to 02 Katong V, 30 East Coast Road
Contact: 6440 0457
Tue-Fri: 11am-3pm, 6-10pm
Sat, Sun, PH: 11am-10pm
Closed on Monday