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Featuring The Coffee Academics (Scotts Square), Fuel Plus+, The Marmalade Pantry (Novena), Ice Edge Cafe, Rookery (Capital Tower), Morettino, Long Black Cafe, Cali (Rochester)
R Goh
R Goh

The spicy crab meat pasta ($24++) is exactly what it claims to be - chunks of sautéed crab meat are tossed in a sweet & spicy sauce and topped with pine nuts. It came with gluten-free casarecce, a twisted pasta that added dimension with its quirky shape and texture! The sauce leans towards the sweet side but the chopped chilli padi sure kicks the heat up a notch. Weekends tend to be rather busy, but the food (and coffee!) is definitely worth a visit.

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This is my third time back to Fuel Plus and they never fail to deliver. Tried the Chick a Pasta ($15) this time! The fettuccine was al dente with a nice bite, while the tomato sauce was a tangy burst of flavour and with an acidity that cut through the otherwise heavy dish. And wow, the fried chicken cutlet was divine!! The meat was cut thick and succulent, with a crisp and light breaded exterior that gives a satisfying crunch. The cafe does get rather packed at meal times, so best to reserve a table in advance! The Scandinavian interior and aromatic coffee may draw a crowd, but the food’s a clear winner.

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The crab meat pasta ($24++) is a close contender for being my favourite at rookery! The tomato cream base holds the components well without being too overwhelming, and has just a hint of spiciness that adds to the dish. Really love the generous use of garlic too! The blue swimmer crab meat is soft and retains its flavour perfectly. Found the tagliatelle a little soft, but the herbed breadcrumbs added a crunch that made up for it. Definitely one of the best crab meat pastas out there!

The pork cheek pasta ($23++) is hands down my favourite dish at Rookery - the pappardelle gives a good bite with its thickness, and the use of red wine in the tomato sauce gives it a delicious acidity that cuts through the starchy pasta. The pork is also incredibly well done! The bite sized pieces are tender and fall apart easily. The herbed breadcrumbs, parmesan and parsley sprinkled on top add a little dimension to the texture. A definite must-try!! 👍🏼🌟

Tried the crab meat pasta ($26+) under burpple beyond’s 1 for 1! The linguine was also served with asparagus, cherry tomatoes, shallots and garlic. Since most crab meat pastas have tomato- based sauces, the use of chardonnay was interesting! A very generous portion of crab, albeit a bit flaky.

Pasta seafood ($19+) is a chef-recommended item! Served in a rich tomato sauce with a hint of spiciness, the spaghetti was al dente. Seafood was not the freshest but the portion was generous with a mix of prawns, mussels and clams. Definite value for money with the burpple beyond 1 for 1, and it was a good pick me up on a dreary work day!

Served with a variety of mushrooms, bacon and onions, the truffle mushroom farfalle ($16) hit all the right notes. Creamy with a decent truffle aroma, the sauce was light and not overwhelming. Portion was also very generous!

Scored this dish using the burpple beyond 1-for-1 which is unfortunately limited to mains and pastas, with exclusions. Would have loved to try some of the egg dishes! Also requested for the mains to be served after the wings, but they were served together and got cold whilst finishing the sides. Seating at fuel plus is quite limited too, so best to head down early!

A pity that the burpple beyond deals are quite limited at TMP! This was redeemed with entertainer. Linguine in prawn bisque sauce was topped with seared Japanese scallops and tiger prawns ($28++). The base was rich and briny, the pasta al dente, and the seafood fresh.

Under the burpple beyond deal, I tried the chilli seafood delight ($13.90) and long black ($3). I expected the prawn bisque to be richer (it almost felt like an aglio oglio, save for the faint briny flavour) but they were very generous with the ingredients. The coffee was a tad acidic, but I quite enjoyed it. Overall a very satisfying meal and very affordable with beyond/ their lunch set. The weekday lunch crowd is pretty substantial with limited indoor seating, so I’d recommend heading down early!

Made the trip here when I was in the vicinity - didn’t have high hopes for the place, but it proved me wrong! The restaurant was surprisingly crowded on a weekday night, with many families. I had the aglio oglio ($16.80+), which was very flavourful. They were also very generous with the ingredients! My friend had the squid ink pasta ($17.80+) which had similar seafood ingredients, but she found it a bit dry. We also shared a double scoop of pistachio & dark chocolate gelato!

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