Welcome back to the Honorable Rat Pasta Appreciation Week (I made this up 2 days ago). This week, I've reviewed Spaghetti with Meat Sauce from Center Street Coffeehouse, Spaghettini Bolognese and Spaghettini with Pancetta, Dried Tomatoes and Garlic Sauce from Eastside Cafe. All pasta dishes mentioned above contain meat. Vegetarian rats probably felt a bit left out reading those reviews, but never fear vegan Ratketeers. I've got you covered. Today, I'll be catering to your dietary needs by reviewing the Bavette with Green Beans, Potatoes and Basil Sauce served up at Eastside Cafe.
This visually appealing dish (ahem ahem) contains bavette which is a thinner and wider version of spaghetti, long beans, potatoes, basil sauce, cheese and finally, topped off with pine nuts. Visually, it looks like something that comes out of my system after a night of consuming vegetables and a lot of alcohol. Not visually stimulating, but that's okay. I'm not one to judge a book by it's cover. A lot of food from back home look terrible, but taste really good. Just Google "Char Kuey Teow" or "Hokkien Mee" and you will get a better idea of what I mean. Before taking my first bite, I prayed real hard to the geniuses who created Singaporean food. I prayed for this dish to taste better than it looked.
I really liked the texture of this dish. The nuts and the long beans added some crunch to it. The cheese and basil sauce came together well to create this salty, herby taste. That was nice. However, I got bored of the taste after two or three spoonfuls. The first bite was delightful, but after a few bites, it lost it's initial spark. There was no punch to this dish at all. In other words, it got bland really quickly. After a while, I did what any honorable parent would do. I gave the leftovers to my children. Get some veggies in their system. Add some nutrition to their diet. To all vegetarian rats out there, I'd like to apologize on behalf of Tokyo Disney Resort. I have yet to meet a dish in the parks, specifically catered to vegetarians that made me go, "Wow!" One day, I will find that dish. One day, Ratketeers.
Honorable Rating: Don't Break Your Notes (3/5)