Cult-favourite halal pasta bar opens Tipo Gnocchi serving creamy crab & seafood kombu gnocchi with DIY options

by Christabel Tan

Feeling saucy? Fans of Tipo Pasta Bar would be pleased to know that a brand new concept, Tipo Gnocchi, has opened at the cult favourite halal pasta joint’s former digs along North Bridge Road.

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As the latest F&B concept by The Black Hole Group (the team behind familiar favourites like Stack, Working Title, and Tipo Pizzeria e Trattoria), Tipo Gnocchi specialises in a lesser-known member of the pasta family — gnocchi.

For the uninitiated, gnocchi are dumplings with Italian origins made out of flour and potatoes. The gnocchi at Tipo Gnocchi is freshly prepared and hand-rolled daily, ensuring that guests enjoy all that is “fresh and the best”.

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The artsy orange-hued space is vibrant, with quirky pops of colour and a myriad of textures — very fun and inviting (I too want “GNOCCHI” framed up on the walls of my future home).

Appetisers

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If you’ve got room for only one appetiser, head straight for the Crispy Potato (S$8), potato skins fried in spice batter and served with zesty lemon aioli. Addictive, but a tad greasy — they’re best enjoyed piping hot.

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A lighter, less cloying option is the the Feta Toast (S$14), airy whipped feta with juicy roasted tomatoes and garlic chips served on toasted sourdough (which could’ve been a little more toasted, in my opinion).

Gnocchi House Specials

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Although gnocchi is typically served with a sauce, the Japanese-inspired Seafood Kombu (S$28) switches things up with a soupy broth base that is equal parts clean-tasting and comforting. Soft and pillowy gnocchi in a yuzu kosho clam broth is joined by the likes of kombu, wakame, clams, and a drizzle of tangy lemon oil.

It takes some getting used to, but it’s a plate that slowly grows on you, giving off major “Italian nonna in Japan” vibes.

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One of the most underrated dishes on the menu, the vegetarian-friendly Veggie Pesto (S$20), features a sauce of pesto and charred peppers, topped with sundried tomatoes and feta. The addition of feta is spot-on, imparting a tangy and salty funk that balances everything out nicely.

I recommend ordering this if you’re seeking an more unique alternative to the usual pesto pasta.

My favourite of the lot, the Creamy Crab (S$25) — crabmeat in a aglio olio sauce topped with grana padano (a cheese similar to that of parmesan) — is rich and creamy, with a palatable yet surprisingly prominent heat.

The spice isn’t overbearing or in-your-face, but it rounds off the dish with a certain finesse that’s lacking in many other cream-based pasta dishes.

Build Your Own Gnocchi

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If you want to DIY and concoct the gnocchi dish of your dreams, a “Build Your Own Gnocchi” (from S$12 for Regular, S$14 for Large) option is available.

Choose between a Basic or Exclusive sauce (think alfredo, pink sauce, and smoky chipotle tomato), followed by a selection of toppings in the following categories: Free, Basic (S$2), Classic (S$3), Premium (S$4), and Extravagant (S$5).

Be it a simple Sous Vide Egg (+S$2) or decadent Salmon Caviar (+S$5), feel free to just mix and match, or seek recommendations from the friendly staff.

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Don’t forget to save some room for dessert. The housemade Hazelnut Praline Tiramisu (S$13) is a dreamy, perfectly balanced combination of hazelnut praline mascarpone, espresso-dipped lady fingers, white chocolate feuilletine, and cocoa powder, that gets my seal of approval.

Reservations can be made on the website from 1 September 2022 — there’s no better time to start planning a gnocchi date!

Tipo Gnocchi
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đź“Ť 785 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198753
🕒 11am–10pm (Daily)

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