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R Goh
R Goh

The waitress recommended the meatball tagliatelle ($26++) over the ravioli, so we went with her suggestion! I must confess that I had my reservations when the dish arrived - it looked terribly plain, like something I could whip up from cans at home. But this is, hands down, my favourite pasta at Lino thus far! The homemade tomato sauce is tangy and savoury; the pasta had a firm bite. What won me over were the meatballs - a medley of beef and lamb, they had a great depth of flavour that pulled the whole dish together without being too heavy. This paired perfectly with the burrata pizza!

The beef short rib fettuccine ($29++) is highly recommended but average at best - the sauce is one dimensional and a tad too salty, whilst the beef came across more like bolognese. I’d stick to their pizzas!

A pity that the burpple beyond deals no longer include the oriole classics, which I really enjoyed previously! Settled for the spicy crabmeat capellini ($28++) - despite the copious amounts of chilli enfolded within, it lacked the distinctive heat and instead tasted strongly of cardamom. I found the pasta a tad dry! The portion of crabmeat was fresh and generous.

We only ordered the braised lamb shank ($28++) because our first pick had gone out of stock, but this was a surprisingly wonderful find! The meat is tender and falls off the bone easily; seasoned well and not at all gamey. It is accompanied by mash and roasted vegetables, ladled over with a tangy tomato sauce. The crispy broccoli and cauliflower florets were exceedingly good!

Given their identical price points, I’d recommend the braised beef cheeks over the short rib pasta ($25++). I found the sauce too one dimensional and gelatinous. The pieces of meat were either fatty or a tad tough to chew. The beef cheeks features more textures and flavours!

Their capellini was cooked al dente, which I found a little hard for me! Will request for a softer bite next time. Loved the savoury tomato pesto in Gamberi ($28++), balanced by the arugula. I’m not convinced that they used fresh tiger prawns though - rather lacklustre for a place that claims to use premium imported ingredients!

The truffle cream linguine ($13.90+ a la carte, 20+ burpple beyond’s set) was rich and decadent - the truffle aroma came through nicely! Might get a little overwhelming towards the end when it gets cold, but this was substantial. Also ordered the chilli seafood pasta - enjoyed it previously, but it was awfully alkaline-tasting this time round. Otherwise, the seafood was generous and fresh. Particularly liked the addition of mushrooms and garlic!

A really unassuming dish! The prawn & crab aglio ($18) is tossed in a simple medley of olive oil and chilli flakes. Wasn’t a fan of the dry pieces of crab that flakes apart, but it was otherwise enjoyable.

The linguine with prawns ($24++), on the other hand, is extremely unassuming but won me over. Tossed in a lemon chilli butter sauce and topped with shavings of parmesan, each strand is slick and flavourful. The dish was a lovely balance of tart spiciness with fresh succulent prawns to boot!

Tried the famous good ol’ fashioned mac & cheese ($14++) but opted to add truffle and wild mushrooms ($4++). The truffle was subtle but I imagine the cream sauce would be quite jelat in its absence! The crumbs added texture to an otherwise one-dimensional dish. Portion is large enough to be a main!

Enjoyed the thicker, chewy pasta in the carbonara chitarra ($24++)! The sous vide egg was a nice touch but I found the truffle cream sauce rather one dimensional and cloying.

Wholly concur with the chef’s recommendation! The tiger prawn capellini ($28++) features angel hair pasta tossed in lobster oil with fresh chilli. The charred spring onions really elevated its aroma! Would have liked the prawns to have a stronger grilled smokiness, but they were sweet and succulent. Dining at Dusk was certainly an experience, especially with the great views and excellent service!

R Goh

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