You will be surprised to learn that Bel Mondo, an Italian restaurant in Millenia Walk, originated from Osaka, Japan instead of Italy.
“Bel Mondo” means “beautiful world” in Italian and this Italian restaurant wants to share with you the wonderful world of Mediterranean cuisines.
Bel Mondo has both indoor and outdoor alfresco seating with a seating capacity of 60 people, making Bel Mondo a great venue to host birthday parties, group dinners and corporate events.
Start off your meal with an appetizer (which is known as “antipasti” in Italian) such as Bruschetta (4 pieces) [$9]. It is a classic Italian appetizer where toasted bread is topped with freshly-cut Roma tomatoes and light balsamic dressing. Enjoy the freshness and simplicity and prepare yourself for the main course.
I wanted to order the Cod Fish [$45] but they ran out of codfish so I got sea bass for the same price. The sea bass is very fresh, the baking in the oven gives it a nice charred skin and the lemon butter sauce that accompanies it gives it a nice touch of flavours.
For those who like tomato-based pasta, there are many options to choose from. Siciliana [$18] is one such pasta where tomato sauce is paired with eggplant, black olives and ricotta cheese. I personally find the tomato-sauce a little too sour for my liking. Other tomato-based pasta includes Puttanesca, Amatriciana, Bolognese, Spaghetti al Frutti di Mare, Tagliatelle Gamberi e Capsante con Pomodoro Secchi, and Penne con Pollo e’s Salsa Picante.
If you are more of a cream pasta person, there are the classic pasta such as Carbonara and pasta dishes with difficult to pronounce Italian names such as Penne ai Quattro Formaggi, Tagliatelle ai Porcini and Penne al Salmone [$23].
Bel Mondo offers 17 types of pizza from the classics such as Margherita and Funghi to ones with long Italian names such as Pollo e Pomodoro Secchi and Prosciutto e Rucola con Parmigiano. The one I have here is called Truffle [$28], the second most expensive pizza of the lot but understandably so when there is buffalo mozzarella, mixed mushrooms, garlic extra virgin oil, parmesan cheese and white truffle oil.
Deserts are known as “dolce” in Italian and there is a small selection at Mel Mondo. I am pretty disappointed with the Homemade Tiramisu [$12]. The coffee taste is overpowering and the base is all soggy.
This Homemade Pannacotta [$10] is a little plain-looking, but there is no denying that the dense and silky-smooth pudding is every bit as creamy and rich as this iconic Italian dessert is meant to be. Bel Mondo could consider adding some homemade raspberry sauce to garnish.
Bel Mondo offers set lunch at $14.45 ++ which includes a starter, a choice of pasta or pizza, dolce (dessert) and choice of a beverage. The lunch menu is written in plain simple English to cater to the non-Italian-speaking Singaporeans.
Address: 9 Raffles Boulevard, Millenia Walk #01-09, Singapore 039596
Opening Hours: Daily 11.30am – 2.30pm; 6pm – 10.30pm