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4/5

Pastamania

502 R A De Mal Mawatha, Colombo 3


A Singapore based Italian franchise opens its first outlet in Sri Lanka.



Bringing a piece of Italy to Sri Lanka, Pastamania is a popular restaurant chain that comes all the way from Singapore.
 
It's a bit quirky sentence, but in this case, it's true. 
 
As the name implies, Pastamania specialises in crafting up Italian delicacies - pasta to be exact. It was quite the hype back then. Don't get us wrong, it's still packed with customers, not in an annoying way - where you'd have to wait for half an hour for a table as we did during our First Look.
 
So, here goes our long overdue, exclusive review of Pastamania. 

Food

Pastamania has a giant menu. Pages and pages filled with starters, different kinds of pasta (spaghetti, fusilli, linguine and whole-grain spaghetti) cooked in many ways (classic, tomato based, Mediterranean, and Asian inspired, etc.), and also pizza - both savoury and sweet. 

We started off with the Sharing Platter (Rs. 1200). A helping of sweet chilli sauce, surrounded with four staters - Garlic Bread, Potato Wedges, Calamari and Chicken Wings arrived in this one. 

We were happy with the elements on this board. The calamari was chewy and had the perfect crisp, drawn from the well-seasoned, light batter, the potato wedges were chunky with a tinge of saltiness, while the garlic bread was garlicky as promised. However, we'd have liked it better if the chicken wings had a bit more seasoning. 
Hearty, oniony and with lots and lots of sliced shiitake mushrooms soaked in a smooth cream sauce, our Al Funghi (Rs. 950) was delightful. You can choose the pasta type you want, and we went with the penne. Cooked al dente, this one's flavours work even better with some garlic bread on the side. 
Unlike last time, our Beef Bolognese (Rs. 1300) didn't fail to impress us. The sauce had a good depth of flavour, thanks to all the enrichening ingredients - tomato sauce, oregano, olive oil, garlic, and minced beef etc.

We were a bit confused about having to pay Rs. 1500 for a medium sized pizza, but one glance at this Beef Pepperoni Pizza made us realise why. I mean, just look at the pile of pepperoni they've placed on top! 

What's underneath that was a nicely designed pie that they had cut into 8 slices. Giving off a satisfying crunch, it was thin crust, and had a nice slathering of mildly spicy pizza sauce, followed by a generous layer of mozzarella. It's a good purchase, and a filling one too. 
Pastamania does a range of gelato - of which we opted for the Caffe Shake. This is coffee lovers heaven. With ripples and ripples of bitter coffee evenly dispersed through, its texture was so smooth, lush and rich. Also, you might enjoy the  popcorn as you dive into it. 

Drinks

*Pictured above - Falooda (left) and Passion Berry Tea (right)

The Falooda (Rs. 500) you see on the left side is the newest addition to Pastamania's Sonó Moto Dolce drinks range. Topped off with a blob of vanilla ice cream, and sprinkled with kasa kasa (poppy seeds) and bits of fruit, it was milky and sweet, but in a very balanced way. 

The Passion Berry Tea (Rs. 500) was a bit of a letdown. On the good side, it was hella refreshing, but it was too syrupy for our liking. Plus, we couldn't quite get the passion fruit or tea notes either. 

Ambience & Service

This picture was taken during our First Look last year, and the ambience hasn't  changed a lot. Now they've arranged the tables and chairs in a manner which it doesn't seem to be jam-packed. You'll be able to see how they do, what they do from the open counters of their kitchen. 

The staff was friendly and helpful. It was an almost full house on the day we visited, and it's quite impressive how they managed to bring our food and drinks within around 15 minutes.

Conclusion

Our experience at Pastamania was a good one. They've been known to have a few ups and downs in terms of service and quality of food during the past year, but seems like they've gotten the grip of that over the time. Colombo needs more pasta dedicated spots, and Pastamania delivers it. 


TIP

Their gelato is surprisingly good!

Address

502 R A De Mal Mawatha, Colombo 3

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Cuisine

Italian

Price Range

More than Rs.1500

Dish Types

Pasta Gelato Pizza

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
4
Quality Rating
4
Service Rating
4
Ambience Rating
4
User Reviews
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2/5

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Sandro Milan

La pasta è un'altra cosa!!

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2/5

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Skywalker2015

Poor quality food. Italian? what a joke. pasta without bacon? what a disgrace. Mediocre franchise with mediocre food.

M
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1/5

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maniknvrthn

Carbonara without bacon? No thanks…

S
1

2/5

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Sandro Milan

La pasta è un'altra cosa!!

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2/5

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Skywalker2015

Poor quality food. Italian? what a joke. pasta without bacon? what a disgrace. Mediocre franchise with mediocre food.

M
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1/5

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maniknvrthn

Carbonara without bacon? No thanks…

T
1

2/5

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Thil Sam

The staff is not courteous at all. It took more than one hour from the placing of the order to bring the food to the table, eventhough it was understandable as the place seemed to be crowded at the time, non of the waiters had the courtesy to come to the table and excuse for the delay… I ordered two dishes of Pasta and a strawberry quencher and the beverage was served within 10 to 15 mins. Comparatively the beverage was large in quantity but I wasn't satisfied as to the taste for the price paid.
It's a pity that a restaurant specialized in Italian cuisine had to serve such averagely tasting pasta dishes. It was way below the expectation.
When speaking of the ambiance, tables were arranged with very little space in between in order to accommodate more customers and as a result has disturbed the privacy of the customers sitting at different tables. The atmosphere was stuffy and fussy… In addition to the stuffiness the loud music played in high volume was not pleasing to the ear at all…
I would describe this as the most unpleasant experience in a restaurant in my life. I was not satisfied in any of the aspects of the services of this place and would not recommend this place to anyone I know.

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1/5

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sabreta

calling it italian is an insult to italian cuisine

B
1

3/5

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Bimal

Went for dinner. They offered a good variety. Waiters have a bit of an attitude but ignoring that, the food got served fast. I ordered an up-size for some as we were quite hungry… but the quantity was quite disappointing and had to order a couple of sides after the food came in. Biggest disappointment is they didn't have real bacon… pasta without bacon… can you believe it?

R
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3/5

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risidag

visited yesterday. 31 July 18
yummy food, however quantities are small. waiters wren't very much attentive. had to wait more than 10 minutes till a waiter eyes on us!

N
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4/5

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Nithsridh

I got a chance to dine at Pastamania in the mid of June and I liked it. My husband and I had seen the reviews on Facebook and Yamu, but we still wanted to go there and maybe we went with an open mind. I think any restaurant would initially take a little time to settle in and bring out their best, like in anybody's life, anywhere! The portions were good and the taste was nice! I would definitely go back! I wish they start to deliver as well.

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1/5

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Bianca

Over priced for average pasta, just like all the places in Singapore.

D
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1/5

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Duminda

Fuck this place and other mediocre franchises.

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