The Wicked Garlic should not be an unfamiliar name to many who are working in the CBD area. Prominently located near one of the side entrance into the International Plaza and just situated right opposite the UOB bank has attracted many of the working crowds during the lunch hour. Deck in a full coat of black with nothing too fanciful decorations, just simple seating arrangements with tables and chairs to sit the lunch crowd and satisfy their hungry stomach.
The Wicked Garlic are known for their pasta and thin crust pizza. Besides an ala carte menu, they have a lunch set menu which varies daily and it consists of a pre-determined soup and main and a drink of your choice for just $12.70 nett. Their lunch menu slightly differs from the dinner menu, where they have additional dishes like risotto and one of their popular ones will be the Grilled Large Prawn in Curried Risotto.
I’ve been there twice during my lunch hour. The first time i went, i ordered the Lunch Set ($12.70) – Cream of Mushroom Soup, Linguine tossed with Beef Ragu & Bacon in Pomodoro Sauce and Iced Lemon Tea. Decent food served at reasonable price. Good consistency and flavor for their mushroom soup with bits of wild mushrooms. Linguine were cooked to al dente with hint of sweet and sour flavor to the pomodoro sauce. Nothing too spectacular but instead it resembles that of a simple bolognese pasta dish.
The second trip there, i decided to go for their Spaghetti Aglio Olio with Prawns ($11.70). Their Spaghetti Aglio Olio on its own will be $5.70, and you have the choice to add like mushrooms(+$1), bacon(+$2), squids(+$4) or prawns(+$6) at their respective prices. Spaghetti tossed in garlic, chilli, parsley, anchovies and extra virgin oil turns out to be extra flavorful and aromatic. I like their use of garlic which enhances the overall taste of the dish. Though i felt that the prawns fell a little short in the quality between crunchy succulent and a tad of softness but nevertheless, it is still rather fresh i would say. I much prefer this Spaghetti Aglio Oli with Prawns to the Linguine tossed with Beef Ragu & Bacon in Pomodoro Sauce in terms of flavor and taste wise.
Service was quite friendly and waiting time for the table was not too long which make it a good alternative to the hawkers food. But one bad thing about it, is the ventilation. As the area is quite cramp, so their kitchen is kind of open top concept, so after a meal there, you will never fail to walk out without smelling like a dish of pasta.
Address: International Plaza
10 Anson Road #01-37
Value for Money: 3.5/5