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“very bad experience”
Review of Sole Pomodoro

Sole Pomodoro
Ranked #4,021 of 11,762 Restaurants in Singapore
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed July 20, 2013

Extremely pricey restaurant, that offers at best average food. Also, portions are far from generous. You eat just next to a busy road. Therefore, there is absolutely nothing (Food, Location, Service, etc) which would justify these prices. Hence, pls avoid this place.

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2  Thank Voyageur2084
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

I read a blog extolling the deliciousness and authenticity of Sole Pomodoro's pizzas, so was very keen to try it out.

We went to visit the Sole Pomodoro on Mackenzie Road (opposite Rex Cinemas). My family are very keen to check out new Italian places, so we were quite excited. What a disappointment!
The restaurant is located in an old 'shophouse' on Mackenzie Road. There were already complaints that it is too hot in Singapore to sit in this stuffy restaurant (windows, doors, all open but you're indoors so it gets very stuffy. They have air-con that barely works and of course, all the cool air goes straight out due to everything being open).

The pizzas were unpalatable, lacking in texture, flavour and visually, was a mess. So much for the so-called wood fire oven! The caesar salad was drenched in caesar dressing, and the seafood pasta sauce tasted like it came straight from a store-bought bottle (perhaps even worse). The pasta was overcooked - way beyond al dente. We had plenty of leftovers and had a disagreement as to whether we should take it home because it was that terrible (I hate wasting food, even bad food).

The next shock was the bill - it was hugely overpriced - for 3 people, it was over SGD$120. We decided if we're going to spend that money, we're better off going back to the family favourite Italian restaurant (Lafiandra) in Bras Basah, and vowed never to return to Sole Pomodoro.

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3  Thank BakedTamago
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

Location is great, decor is ok. But the food is tasteless despite a wood-fired oven for pizzas. Service is mega-slow and inefficient. Food and drinks are way overpriced. And the bill was wrong (prices on the bill were very different from prices on the menu - higher of course).
In short: avoid.

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3  Thank Thierry M
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

A pretty setting such as Quayside Isle, one would think the landlord would be more selective with its tenants. The service was mediocre, but the food was just horrid. We ordered from the kid's menu, the meatballs ($9.90 I believe) and a pasta with tomato sauce ($13.90?), and for us adults we had a seafood pasta and a capricciosa pizza. The meatballs arrived and we wondered how the serving of three miserable meatballs was considered a main course for any kid. The pasta was only enough to fill 1/4 of my son's 8-year-old tummy. So we weren't surprised when the seafood pasta arrived - the plating was terrible, and we could easily make out two miniature mussels, one small prawn, two morsels of fish and a handful of anorexic clams. The pizza was nothing to shout about. The fried calamari was ok too. The four "mains", starter and a beer came out to about $130. The food cost was probably $1.

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3  Thank TravellingDay
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

Living on Sentosa we have been very happy to learn that along with a couple of good restaurants a sibling of one of our favorites club street restaurants "the Cugini" also opened in our new preferred dining strip on the Quay side.
However, we unfortunately had to endure the worst dining experience here ever, which ended with a 100 SGD bill for nearly nothing (because of the serving) and also nearly untouched (because of the taste) food and another dinner in one of the other restaurants.
To start, please note that already a few weeks ago, we went with another coupler to this place for some pizza, which compared to the competitor on the quay side was quite tasteless, if it was not for the burned crust. The cheese seemed to be from a cheap supermarket and the salami was hard to find. Loving the Cugini, we thought that maybe the pasta is worth another try. Unfortunately it just got worse. We started with a burrata salad (33 SGD ++) which should have been enough for two to share. However, with pure shock, we have been receiving and OK portion of burrata cheese, loveless placed in the middle of a nearly empty plate, decorated by not more than 3 half tomato slices and maybe also 5 leaves of rocket salad. No Bread! We have seen this already so much better and would have not expected that you can get it that bad anywhere. Ok, if you ask for bread you’ll get it and with some of the good olive oil and the Aceto Balsamico they have on their tables, it finally was Ok but remained overprized. Our pasta arrived while we were still enjoying some bread and olive oil, which was no reason for the service not to take away our plates away !While eating! Now coming to the saddest moment of the evening, the pasta. We had “Raviolo Ricotta e spinaci” and some penne with ragout sauce. The penne have been OK, if you would be eating in a canteen, taste and presentation was similar to the presentation in our office canteen (and I prefer the hawker). However, it is still an unsolved mystery where the very strong fish taste on the 5 ravioli we got for 25.50 SGD was coming from. The waitress meant that there might be some fish sauce in the “freshly chopped tomato sauce”. Why? Outcome was that for the first time in our life, we didn’t finish our food although we have been very hungry. I hope this review is helping rather the Management to improve the standard very quickly or you folks to just enjoy one of the better restaurants around the Quay side. So far all others are worth a vsit depending on the occasion and the budget you want to spend.

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2  Thank LisaAtSingapore
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