During our regular walking sessions in Jewel, Mamma Mia Trattoria E Caffe (‘MM’) catch our attention. It is a nicely designed restaurant, blending the open concept seating with an eye-catching green colour background. Live plants are incorporated around the seating area, making it feel like you are dining in a garden. So, one evening, we decided to give it a try.
MM is focused on pasta and risotto, complemented with antipasti, sides and desserts filled with Italian flair, yet still offers something for everyone.
We started the dinner with Burrata with Olive Oil ($13 Whole). The presentation is very simple, allowing the natural flavour of the ingredients to shine. The burrata is smooth, creamy and a touch of cracked pepper balanced the richness of the cheese. This dish comes with toasted bread on the side and provides a crispy texture to the overall dishes. For $13, this dish is just a steal.
Mamma Mia Caesar Salad ($9.50). A homage to the classic. The salad is served in a crispy parmesan bowl. The vegetables are crunchy, while the dressing is just bold tasty. We have fun breaking the parmesan bowl and scooping our salad with it. Unfortunately, the turkey bacon is overcooked, leaving a bitter taste in your mouth. Other than that, it is a nice dish.
Tortiglioni Rustic Beef Oxtail Bolognaise ($18.50). A perfectly executed dish. The oxtail is fork-tender, nicely cooked with tomato sauce and cheese. The tortiglioni is al-dente and absorbs the beef oxtail bolognaise nicely. Yumz!
Sea Bass Fillet Lemon Risotto ($16.50). The sea bass is flaky, but the fish is quite dry as it was overcooked. Since the sea bass is the centrepiece of this dish, I expect the skin should at least be crispy. The risotto is creamy, though it is a little past the al-dente point. Although the dish is supposed to be savoury, the lemon flavour in the risotto together with the crushed almonds, made me feel like eating a rice pudding dessert instead. I find the flavour is confusing, however, if MM can perfectly execute this dish, it will be a unique dish.
The service is friendly and pleasant. There is not much interaction as the order placing is done through QR code.
CBK Verdict: a good place for pasta and risotto. The menu caters to everyone and the price is pocket friendly. We’ll return to try more of their dishes. Ciao!! Cheers!!
Food & Drink: 7.25/10
Budget per Person: $11 - $25; $26 - $50
Mamma Mia Trattoria E Caffe
78 Airport Road
#04-200 Jewel Changi Airport
T: +65 6214 9485
OH: Daily 11.30 – 22.00