Saturday, November 9, 2013

Anton's Pasta Bar


antons_pasta_barMy first Anton's experience! Anton's is known for having long line ups as well as decently priced large portions of pasta. On a weeknight, my friend and I met up hoping there would be no line up and fortunately, there was none. The restaurant has a casual relaxing atmosphere and a few tables of two, many for four and quite a few for six or more.

GAMBERI (PRAWNS) IN A WHITE WINE GARLIC BUTTER SAUCE, COZZE (MUSSELS) IN A TANGY TOMATO SAUCE, COMPLIMENTARY PORTUGUESE ROLLS AND SAPUTO WHIPPED BUTTER, LINGUINE FRUTTI DI MARE, MIXED SEAFOOD AND MUSHROOMS IN A CREAM SAUCE, FRUSILLI DI MARE BIANCO, MIXED SEAFOOD WITH FRESH TOMATO IN A WHITE WINE SAUCE, AND COMPLIMENTARY CANDY.



COMPLIMENTARY PORTUGUESE ROLLS AND SAPUTO WHIPPED BUTTER. 
I love whipped butter, capitalize that, LOVE. Every kind of butter is awesome but I love whipped butter the most. The table bread is what it is, a slightly hard exterior with a soft as well as pillowy crumb. Irrelevant comment, I am not a fan of the portuguese buns with butter in general (rather make a sandwich with them) but I made sure to save half the buns for dipping in some pasta sauce later!


GAMBERI (PRAWNS) IN A WHITE WINE GARLIC BUTTER SAUCE ($10.50).
The prawns taste average and do not have a nice bounce or snap, however, there is a pleasant strong wine as well as buttery garlic taste. If anything, the prawns could have been larger (I would accept a smaller portion if that was the case). Also, the presentation is somewhat interesting, a pyramid of prawns with a lemon wedge on the side. 


COZZE (MUSSELS) IN A TANGY TOMATO SAUCE ($10.50). 
The mussels are a bit small as well as slightly overcooked and does not taste juicy. Fortunately though, the sauce does not taste too bad. The sauce has a light creamy tomato taste which pairs well with the bread and the portion is very generous. Since the mussels are the same price as the prawns, I would rather order these.


CONCHIGLIE FRUTTI DI MARE, MIXED SEAFOOD AND MUSHROOMS IN A CREAM SAUCE ($16.95). 
I substituted conchiglie (shell pasta) for linguine and the pasta is slightly thicker as well as more round than flat compared to other linguine, freshly made or not. Although the pasta tastes slightly overcooked, mushy and passed al dente, the sauce has a flavourful creamy garlic taste and a decent amount of scallop, sliced mushroom and prawns. The mushroom and prawns taste generic with no complaints, however, the scallops taste overcooked and rubbery.



LINGUINE DI MARE BIANCO, MIXED SEAFOOD WITH FRESH TOMATO IN A WHITE WINE SAUCE ($16.95).
My friend substituted linguine for fusilli (spiral pasta) and the pasta tastes perfectly cooked, al dente. The sauce has a light garlic wine taste and a good amount of mussels, prawns and scallop. Lucky for her, the mussels as well as scallops do not taste overcooked and are quite tasty. Also, her sauce tastes a lot more flavourful than the cream sauce!


COMPLIMENTARY CANDY. Meh, better than mints. I guess two per person? Not stingy at all.

POSITIVES
- An older waiter was very friendly
- Large portions of pasta
- Decently priced
- Freshly made pasta

NEGATIVES
- Not good enough for me to line up
- Appetizers are meh

LITTLE THINGS
- The restaurant has a minimum charge of $8.00/person which is understandable. If there was no minimum charge, I am pretty sure there would be groups of three who share one plate of pasta
- I recommend coming on weeknights to avoid line ups
- Different style of restaurant but I rather come here than Poor Italian Ristorante
- The hostess was not so friendly. Despite having five available tables an hour before closing, those were reserved for groups of four. After being seated, we asked our waiter for a larger table and he was more than happy to move us because the table was not suitable for the amount of food that we ordered. Throughout the dinner, we felt a bit awkward because the hostess kept looking at us like we went behind her back

Food: 2.5/5 (value 5/5)
Service: 2.5/5

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