Pasta Plus

Avalon Mall, 722-6006
Terrace on the Square, Churchill Sq, 739-5818


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23 October 2012

  1. Alyssa · October 23, 2012

    We’ve been to two of the Pasta Plus’ in the area, the mall and Churchill Square.

    Our first introduction to it was while waiting for a movie to start and not wanting to eat in the food court. The mall venue has an excellent mix of fast service with a sit down atmosphere that was very enjoyable. I had the vegetarian curry and found the banana chutney to be amazing! The food was excellent. He had their macaroni and cheese and found it way better than your every day, run-of-the-mill macaroni and cheese. A very good first impression.

    When my mother came down for a visit, we decided to take her there, but in Churchill Square instead. The venue itself seemed a little more formal than the one in the mall did but we were left very unimpressed. The waitstaff was very slow, even though we were the only group in the restaurant. Upon asking us what we would like to drink, I asked for a martini and received the following answer, “I’m sorry, but we do not have any tequila.” My mother and I looked at each other and chose to stick with the house wine.

    The food was okay, but not as flavourful as it had been in the mall. I, again, ordered the vegetarian curry and was not as satisfied with it. Don’t get me wrong, the food is okay and they have a wondeful variety.

    I can’t speak for the venue downtown, but the mall is my favourite so far.

  2. ear · October 23, 2012

    The Mall one: great.
    the Churchill Square one: not great food, slow service, awkward lineup to pay area…not a great experience.

    go to the mall for great pasta plus!

  3. LA Tucker · October 23, 2012

    Last Thursday, quite by chance, in search of some kid-friendly-pasta, my daughter & I wandered into Churchill Square Pasta Plus. I had been a huge fan in the past but had sort of trailed off in interest due to boredom with the menu and spotty service experiences.

    This day was a pleasant surprise. We were greeted by a very friendly and attentive server. The service was prompt, courteous and helpful.

    My daughter ordered the baked macaroni and cheese; she devoured it. I tried it and was pleasantly surprised. It was creamy and had a rich flavour. When I inquired, the server mentioned that it was a new recipie concocted by the chef with 3 cheeses. It has been added to our favs.

    I ordered bruscetta, which has always been a favourite of mine. It arrived in 4 huge slices of fresh light french bread, flavourful tomatoes and onion, balsamic and feta instead of the usual mozza. It was fantastic. I had a spinach salad in a tasty curry dressing with it.

    The coffee was fresh and quite good, as I’d always remembered. We were too full for dessert.

    Overall it was a lovely meal at a reasonable price. We will be back.

  4. Megan664 · October 23, 2012

    I love Pasta Plus! I agree that the Avalon Mall location is better for service though. Amazing pasta and great prices!! Also, the dessert crepes are to die for!

  5. Puta · October 23, 2012

    Go get yourself a frozen Leancuisine from Sobey’s and nuke it – It will be cheaper, faster, and more flavourful then anything they’d serve you at Pasta Plus. They specialize in pasta dishes, but they don’t have the slightest clue what quality pasta tastes like.

  6. Colette · October 23, 2012

    I should have listened to Puta: Had the Chicken Tretazzini. What a sloppy mess. Over cooked Linguini smothered in Cheddar cheese. One of the worst things I have ever eaten. My server took half off without a word. Guess he is use to do it. But even at half off, it was not worth it. Walked away hungry. My husband had the jambalya. Again smothered in cheddar cheese???? Jambalya??? My son had the kids pizza and he said it was very good. Got to bad for a 10 year old to complain about pizza. Don’t waste you time and money.

  7. Nikola · October 23, 2012

    The thing with Pasta Plus (Avalon Mall Location) is that the “head chef” does not allow any changes or the cooks to be creative at all. The front staff (for the most part) are lazy, useless, and too caught up in their own personal drama to care for the customers. The best times to go is either Friday night or Saturday’s when the “head chef” is not present in the establishment.

    There is a lot of potential for the place, but unfortunately, due to strict management issues, Pasta Plus will never be more than what it is.

    To answer Colette’s review, the menu states everything that is in and on the dish you are ordering. If you do not want marble cheese (not solely cheddar) then you can ask for no cheese or something else to replace it. The Chicken Tet’s and Jambalayas are made fresh, but frozen and reheated to order. What else do you expect from a restaurant that has 50+ items on the menu?? There is only so much the cooks can do.

    Take solace in the fact that the Spaghetti, Fettuccine and Lasagne noodles are actually made fresh almost everyday and there aren’t many places in this city that can offer this.

    My recommendation, stay away from baked pastas as they use dry pastas that are cooked and re-cooked. Go for the tossed ones, such as their signature dish New Orleans. Other than that its either standard or sub-par. READ THE MENU!!! If you do this, you shouldn’t expect any nasty surprises.

    As for wait times… generally the problem is with the front staff not being trained properly. They have no clue how to stagger orders and send all their orders in at once which puts a big strain on the kitchen staff.