M5…Madonna, Mama mia..Mondo mio!

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The indomitable and irrepressible Travelling Gourmet TM goes to a…

MONDO of good wholesome Italian cooking with comfort food and classic Italian spezialitati. This was what I tasted and savoured in Mondo Mio, which means in English “My world”. Unlike some Italian ristoranti  in Asia which tailors their food to suit Asian tastes and likes…I do not blame them because only few, that have not travelled and tasted REAL Italian food in sunny Italy truly understand & appreciate what authentic Italian cuisine is all about.

Mondo Mio’s mission statement pulls no punches:

WE ARE NOT an Italian restaurant serving Italian dishes just by their names heard on the market!
WE ARE NOT a restaurant where you can eat dishes from fusion worldwide cuisines!
WE ARE NOT a restaurant where your bill is not worth the quality of food and cooking!

I like people who call a spade a spade!

Helmed by mio buon amico Massimo Aquaro who is an experienced Restauranteur, I was jolly pleased to see him and even happier with is warm Italian welcome! The ambience here is very relaxed and is good for families as well as romantic couples on a hot date! Enscounced in a nice table by the window where I could see all the goings-on outside the lively Roberston Quay area which is what they call a very “happening place” (I know it is grammatically incorrect but what the hell that is what they say nonetheless). A nice basket of pane casareccio which is an assortment of warm freshly baked bread like Foccacia…

As an outstanding and very traditional antipasto, The Travelling Gourmet TM or Il Turista Buongustaio recommend the Burratina! This classic comprises falvoursome
Burrata cheese made form buffalo milk with Proscuitto di Parma (thin sliced Parma ham), salame and pomodorini or cherry tomatoes. This is the appetiser of Champions! Simply drizzled with Extra Virgin Olive oil which is super HEALTHY unlike CANCER causing horrible palm oil, plus Balsamico from Modena, and sprinkled with some freshly grated black pepper, this dish is simply YUMMIE! For BIG appetites do try Antipasto Mondo Mio which has Burrata with mixed cold cuts od of Salame and Proscuitto as well as artichokes, tangy-sweet rock melon, selection of Italian formaggi (cheese)like Strong Gorgonzola and tasty, snappy Parmigiano and Arugula (rocket leaves).

Do you like Octopus? Well, go for Polpo all’insalata! Another classique! Octopus steamed just right so it does not become leathery like shoe leather, but rather lovely to bite into…with the unmistakable appetising flavours of the ocean…accompanied by tempting tender boiled potatoes, which are also very tasty with some Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I exaggerate BUT a really skilful Italian Chef can create beautiful dishes with just Balsamico, black pepper, First Press Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Rosemarino and a little salt!

T3 – Terrific and Tempting TRIO!

Osso buco alla Milanese

Ravioli all’aragosta
Lobster and crab meat ravioli with light tomato sauce and prawn
bisque sprinkled with crushed pistachio nuts

Capesante con vino bianco, aglio e prezzemolo
White wine pan-seared scallop with garlic and parsley


Mondo Mio

Italian Ristorante

30, Robertson Quay
Riverside View #01-02A
Singapore 238251

Tel : ( 65) 6736 2503


To be continued…work in progress…



About thetravellinggourmet

As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cuisines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." Have pen, will travel. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes. Interests: Travel, Food, Wines, Cooking, Wine Appreciation, Parachuting, Languages, Music, Reading, Swimming, Hunting, Ballet, Fencing, Archery, Anthropology and more... The Travelling Gourmet is a copyrighted trademark. All rights and photos reserved. No part may be reproduced without permission.
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