I was brought to Mad for Garlic on the NDP promotion, a buy 1 get 1 free offer for pasta or pizza. You can have a mixture of both, but naturally, the cheaper one will be the one free.
This is my first visit to this Korean-inspired Italian restaurant, and although I have no love or hate relationship with garlic, I must put it straight that contrary to my perception, not all dishes in Mad for Garlic are heavily garlic infused, some actually came without garlic.
I have to begin with their Lobster Cream Pasta, for reason I shall elaborate shortly afterward. This pasta came with garlic cream sauce along with lobster meat and fish roe. I’m giving it a thumbs up for its creamy texture and rich milky taste I personally favour. And I told my dining buddy, this is probably the second best pasta I ever tasted, and I still miss the pasta we enjoyed together in Cebu’s Eden Resort.
However, my impression was promptly overrun by their Ham & Sausage Pizza. Don’t get me wrong, nothing’s wrong with the pasta, it’s just that this pizza is simply overwhelming!
To be honest, I didn’t carry any expectation over their pizza, and it certainly didn’t look outstanding at all. But it has the right level of crisp, the thickness (or rather, the thin-ness), along with sausage, ham, bacon, onion, mushroom, spicy black pepper, as well as sweet white sauce, which truly made this pizza heavenly! They genuinely understand what makes a pizza great, and by using common ingredients, turned this pizza exceptional. It was so awesome it absolutely overpowered my impression over their otherwise excellent lobster pasta!
Our 2nd visit comes over a year later, another 1-for-1 NDP promotion in 2016. This time round, I was determined to try something different, and ordered a BBQ Chicken Ranch Pizza, which came with spicy grilled chicken, cheese, vegetables, and most significantly, hot BBQ sauce. I have to say the grilled chicken was rather tender, it really brings out the flavour of the pizza along with the BBQ sauce, still, one of the better one I have ever tried, but slightly inferior to their Ham & Sausage pizza in my opinion (because I am such a cheese lover!).
Our next order was Seafood Herb Oil Pasta, which included mussels with three herbs, zucchini, spinach, anchovies, and spaghetti in mussel stock and white wine sauce. The taste is rather unique, with a strong flavour of herb, and maybe not for those who can’t take that aroma.
Mad for Garlic
3 Temasek Blvd, #02-300/301
Suntec City Mall
Tel: 6238 1930
Sun – Thur: 11:30am – 10:00pm
Fri – Sat: 11.30am – 11:00pm