Umami Pasta

$21.00 · 9 Reviews

Had amazing Truffle portobello mushroom pizza and Xo sambal prawn pasta here at The Coffee Academics! Very original pasta flavours with just the right amount of spice and intensity. This is a place which I'll definitely return!


Lunch date at Coffee Academics today! Soft Shell Crab Salted Egg Wafu Pasta ($23) was creamy without being too heavy on the palate. The Umami Pasta ($21) was topped by generous amounts of bonito flakes but was a tad too spicy for our liking. Overall a great meal in a convenient central location, especially with Beyond’s 1-for-1 deal 👌🏼

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Al dente pasta cooked with shrimp, and topped with shio konbu and an onsen egg. It’s quite cute to watch the konbu flakes crinkling and moving about as the bowl sat on the table.

After giving it a good toss, the resultant bowl of pasta was seriously umami as it’s name suggests. If you don’t know what umami means, just take a bite of this pasta. I’d suggest sharing this dish with someone else, because it did start to get a bit salty after a few bites although it was delicious.

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Modern, cosy cafe located at Scotts Square.

Went on a Monday afternoon and the cafe was fairly full. Recommend making a reservation so you can sit inside the cafe and not the tables outside.

Ordered Eggs Ben with guac ($22), Umami Pasta ($21) and Iced Jawa ($7). Eggs Ben with guac was badly done - the English muffin and eggs tasted stale. Th Umami Pasta on the other hand, was delicious. Highly recommend it if you like a little spice in your Pasta.

Iced Jawa was a nice cuppa coffee but lacked the taste of pandan and coconut. Total damage was ~$35. Relatively worth the money if you order the right stuff - would probably replace the Eggs Ben with pizza the next visit (it looked so good on the other table!)

Le Smoked Salmon ($23)
Umami Pasta ($21)
Crispy Fish Fillet Tacos ($23)
Pork Belly Salad ($15)

Came during one of the weekdays so the place is not too crowded. Nice ambience to chill and to catch up with friends. Food wise, fish fillet tacos and umami pasta r very good. Burpple 1for1 deal is available at this cafe too so it’s really worth it🙌🏼

Food: 8/10
Ambience: 7/10
Total Damage: $30/pax

Items ordered: Umami pasta ($21) & truffle portobello mushroom pizza ($24) - got these 2 mains at 1 for 1 price as I used beyondburpple!

Food: 5/5 - both the pasta & pizza were REALLY GOOD
Ambiance: 5/5 - comfortable & cozy
Service: 4/5 - long wait (40mins) during peak hours on a weekday afternoon but nonetheless worth it because food was good
Overall experience: 4.5/5

Iced Jawa $7++
Crispy Fish Fillet Tacos $23++
Umami Pasta $21++

SERVICE: Decent but a little hard to get the servers' attention. Iced water was served without any prompting.

WAITING TIME: No queue to enter. About 10 minutes for food to arrive.

- Fish fillet tacos wasn't quite a filling meal. The amount of fish and the excessive curly fries in this $23++ dish just doesn't justify the price tag.
- The umami pasta is my kind of pasta, cos of the spicy kick. Loads of tiny little shrimps. Maybe a whole prawn or two would have been better.
- Iced Jawa was gooooood. The pandan taste is there.

WILL WE RETURN? Yes, because of the 1-for-1

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The Soft Shell Crab Salted Egg Wafu Pasta ($23++) & Umami Pasta ($21++) were both from the main menu, so I was able to use my Burpple Beyond here to get the lower priced dish free.

Both were tasty in their own ways (creamy vs spicy), & the pasta was pleasantly al dente. I wish the latter had more substantial ingredients or bigger shrimp (i.e. prawns) though, but that's probably just wishful thinking on my part.

💳 Accepts credit cards
🌬 Air-conditioned seats only
🍽 Burpple Beyond partner
🖥 Accepts reservations on Chope (weekdays only)
📶 Free WiFi available
💦 Water is not chargeable
🔌 Power sockets not for public use on weekends

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Perhaps this dish should be renamed to ‘Spicy pasta’ instead, given that the spicy shrimp XO sauce stole the limelight away from the umami bonito flakes with its tinge of spice and vibrant reddish hues. Topped with a generous heap of bonito flakes, the pasta also came with an onsen egg and ebiko. Spaghetti noodles are used for this pasta dish, which is done to a slight al dente texture. As a huge fan of spicy food, I truly enjoyed this dish with its relentless spice that was also fragrant, aromatic! The tiny shrimps and bonito flakes supposedly contributed to the umami flavour (as the name suggests) but unfortunately was overshadowed by the intense and lingering spice! .

Though food here was enjoyable, I am sad to admit that I can’t say so for the service. It was indeed a challenge grabbing the staffs’ attention (also partly due to the weekend crowd) and furthermore, the cutleries provided weren’t clean. Despite requesting twice from the staff, it still wasn’t given to us even after our food arrived and hence I had to search on my own for a new set( being clueless since it was my first visit here too🌚). Thanks to @burpple beyond, I managed to clinch a 1-for-1 deal for the mains which more or less, did some compensation for the disappointing service .
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