If anyone had read my post about Chef Hats at Buangkok Green, you would have known that I love to visit small cafes located in the heartlands. Having visited Ang Mo Kio on many instances for my food cravings, I had always passed by The Castel Cafe as its on the way to Ang Mo Kio Central from one of my favourite places to dine (that had unfortunately closed down) and had always wanted to visit it
The Castel Cafe specialises in pasta and pizza, but does sell western food too. They have been featured on Channel U before on Makan King 2 when they were operating as Sfigato Pizza at Beauty World Centre and Blk 127 Bukit Merah Lane 1.
The Castel Cafe shifted to Ang Mo Kio as it is a more neighbourhood area as compared to its previous premises. Nonetheless, the small cafe is bustling. I visited the cafe slightly after the lunch hour. While the cafe wasn’t full, it was moderately packed with people from the neighbourhood of all ages, most of whom are enjoying their plate of pasta.
I was promptly seated and given the menu as soon as I entered. Their pastas are extremely affordable and the set meals were quite worth it too. Orders are to be made at the counter along with payment and the food would be served afterwards.
My Carbonara was ready after nearly 5 minutes of sitting, and I could smell the cream sauce as it arrived piping hot. The cream sauce though light, carried just the right amount of flavour without making it sickening to eat after a few spoons. This is a common fault with most cream-based pastas in most places, where the cream sauce would be thick and sticky and becomes overwhelming after a while. The bacon was nicely cooked and was rather chewy. The only problems about it was the bacon tasted and felt more like ham and the amount of pepper used in it that made it feel a bit heaty. I was having a little of a sore throat that day and therefore wasn’t too fine with it, though I am pretty sure it would have tasted better if I was feeling ok.
The Mocha which I ordered hot was served a bit after the pasta was served. It was well blended unlike some which may have the chocolate syrup and milk in layers that could hardly dissolve with one another. It was also pretty smooth.
(Panna Cotta – Chocolate)
For dessert, I have decided to order Panna Cotta with Chocolate. It was pretty light and refreshing, however it would have been a bit better off if it was firmer. Chocolate was chocolate sauce. A shame the original was out of stock though, because the caramel served for the Panna Cotta would not be as generic as the chocolate sauce being served for sure.
Being tucked in a quiet neighbourhood in Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, The Castel Cafe is definitely a hidden gem with it’s pretty authentic food and very affordable prices. My meal there, which was all ordered ala-carte only costed $11.50. While it is not able to beat the lights of high-end Italian fine dining establishment, its appeal to the neighbourhood crowd is undeniable by bringing value to its patrons. This would be a definite visit if you are in the area and would like to have an affordable meal without having to settle for hawker fare or fast food.
The Castel Cafe
Blk 555 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10
Telephone: 6402 0898