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Clash of the Pastas and the Calamari monster

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We’d been waiting for Clash of the Titans to come out as I loved the original film and wanted to see if it passed muster and also because I was curious to see if Sam Worthington would be the same as he was in Avatar, only with legs and not blue. So when it was finally released last week, J and I booked our tickets for the late showing on Friday night in Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong.

Festival Walk is a fairly large shopping complex and holds a number of decent restaurants, one of which we’d never tried before, so we waltzed into Amaroni’s for some grub.

Little did we know that the film actually started at dinner…but it was befitting of the night of the Clash of the Titans!

Amaroni’s is an Italian restaurant and part of the Dan Ryan’s group. It serves traditional “Italian-American” food in hearty portions and specialises in “family- style” platters. Hindsight is a funny thing and had we known about their hearty portions, we wouldn’t have ordered what we did.

As we sat down at a high table and gazed at the memorabilia peppered around the large 1920s style decorated restaurant, I noticed out of the corner of my eye platters laden with food. This should have been a warning!

J and I stuffed ourselves with large chunks of olive bread dipped in olive oil and vinegar and when we came to order, I asked for spaghetti and meatballs and J ordered linguine with clams and white sauce with calamari for an appetiser. At first we were going for a pizza until the waitress told us it was “table” sized and as big as the menu folded out (pretty big).

The waitress didn’t tell us that we’d over ordered so when we got the spaghetti and meatballs we were shocked!

The bowl came with giant serving spoons (hard to tell in the photo!) and was as big as my head depth wise! (Apologies for the photos- I forgot my camera (gasp!) so had to resort to mobile! Anyway, so our immediate response was as follows:

J: “Are they mad??! Who do they think we are, this is not a normal portion!!!

Me: “Have they mistakenly given us the large serving…I’m sure I ordered the regular bowl!!”

Unfortunately it turned out that that WAS the regular serving (OMG) and when the 2nd pasta and the calamari arrived, J and I almost couldn’t eat as we were already full from the visual assault!

Thankfully the calamari, which looked ginormous on the platter, was partially mounted on a big slice of baguette for effect, but the clam linguine was the same size as my spag meatballs. The 4 meatballs were gigantic and I couldn’t finish my 2nd one! The calamari were ok but would’ve been better with tartar sauce rather than salsa.

The clam linguine when it arrived…

The clam linguine when we’d finished…. can you see a difference? Looks like we barely touched it but we had a plate each!

The spaghetti meatballs were decent, the spaghetti nicely aldente. The tomato sauce was rich but the meatballs were waaayy too large. The clam linguine sauce was slightly on the watery side and would’ve been a lot better had the portions been smaller for normal sized people!

This was our most disappointing performance to date- EPIC EATING FAILURE. The prices reflect quantity rather than quality but for large parties Amaroni’s is more than enough to satisfy even the most voracious of eaters!

Chopstick rating: 3/5

Amaroni’s Italian-American, LG132 Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong. Nearest MTR: Kowloon Tong, Exit C. Tel: 2265 8818. Opening times: 11am-11pm (Sun-Thurs), 11am-12am (Fri-Sat)

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Author: chopstixfix

Michelle Ng is a Brit born Chinese-Malaysian who has loved food since time immemorial. She is a firm believer in "Live to Eat, not Eat to Live".

One thought on “Clash of the Pastas and the Calamari monster

  1. Whoa…food for giants indeed!

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