Superb Set Lunch @ Concetto on 23Sep2015

chilled capellini

chilled capellini

my RI friends decided to visit national museum & have lunch, so 3 of us met for lunch at concetto @ the cathay on 23.9.2015.^^

another 2 friends joined lunch afterwards, so 5pax. 🙂

concetto set lunch menu S$22.90

concetto set lunch menu S$22.90

last time i had the set lunch here was on 10.2.2015.

prices have gone up from S$20.90 to S$22.90, inflation i guess, but for me it’s still a good deal. 🙂

concetto @ the cathay

concetto @ the cathay

i missed the YMCA (that being nearest to concetto & national museum & cheaper parking rates) carpark entrance, so parked at park mall & walked over to the cathay. concetto looks out onto the road, and is bright & airy. 🙂

chilled capellini

chilled capellini

we all ordered the concetto pasta – an interesting chilled capellini dish.

it was not quite the famous chilled capellini at da luca or gordon grill or of course gunther.

still it was pretty flavourful & unique. & ala carte price is just S$4.90! 🙂

i like the previous version a lot better though – chilled capellini with crab & prawn tartare (tiny morsels) tossed in lobster oil & topped with lobster foam & ikura (salmon roe).

think they should just revert to the previous version, full-stop!

i pushed away most of the mayonnaise. this drier version was heavier, less refine but still tasty. 🙂

kurobuta pork cheeks

kurobuta pork cheeks

i had the kurobuta pork cheeks. 🙂

kurobuta pork cheeks

kurobuta pork cheeks

it had this impressive squid-ink calligraphy, haha! ^^

kurobuta pork cheeks

kurobuta pork cheeks

the kurobuta was super, melt-in-the-mouth. 🙂

& the gnocchi & sauce were very good. this for me was the best dish. ^^

salmon

salmon

we ordered different main courses to share & try.

salmon

salmon

salmon was done beautifully. 🙂

plating & presentation were top class!

salmon

salmon

with cous cous & pickled shallots, and the tasty & pretty crab bisque foam. 🙂

pollo allo

pollo allo

the chicken was good too & nice presentation too. 🙂

pollo allo

pollo allo

taste was pretty good, ok just chicken nothing special out of the ordinary though.

for me, kurobuta was no 1, salmon next & last chicken. 🙂

my good friend on the other hand liked the salmon best.

tiramisu

tiramisu

i only tried the pistachio panna cotta here before.

tiramisu

tiramisu

this time we ordered the tiramisu. again it was so pretty! 🙂

tiramisu

tiramisu

it was kind of deconstructed preparation…

as a dessert, i think it was rather good, and i would order it next time.

as a tiramisu, i think my own tiramisu is much better, both in flavours especially coffee & liquor, & also texture.

pistachio panna cotta

pistachio panna cotta

the pistachio panna cotta was as good as last time.

pistachio panna cotta

pistachio panna cotta

for a change, i will try the tiramisu next time though.

for me the only slight complaint was the poor service. the young guy was unhelpful, “tidak apa” & very poor in his service attitude. towards the end though he warmed up a little & his attitude improved from poor to ok. think he just needed some service training. the lady server was ok. 🙂

the 3-course set lunch was S$22.90, & for me that was great value-for-money! 🙂 there is a supplement of S$3 for the salmon. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Excellent Food at Saveurs @ Purvis on 1Mar2015

capellini, minced prok sauce, sakura ebi

capellini, minced pork sauce, sakura ebi

wife was away skiing in hokkaido. SKI=Spending Kid’s Inheritance.^^

eldest daughter organised a 3pax family dinner at saver @ purvis on 1.3.2015. 🙂

we had very good family dinner recently at concetto (another saver restaurant) on 18.1.2015.

& this place was just as fun.

the next day i came with my godsis & a good friend’s daughter for the set lunch at S$22.90, & it was just as good. the set lunch menu here is more attractive than that at concetto, which really had very limited choice (they really should review that!).

saveur @ purvis

saveur @ purvis

saveur @ purvis2

saveur @ purvis

the restuarant had 2 adjacent dining area. this one was absolutely packed. we were not able to get sitting at the other side where the sitting was more spacious even though we booked beforehand. i booked the next day lunch, making sure i could get the other, but that turned out to be unnecessary as we were the only table. what a difference lunch & dinner!

 chef preparing cold capellini

chef preparing cold capellini

capellini, minced prok sauce, sakura ebi

capellini, minced prok sauce, sakura ebi

this saveur pasta was different from concetto pasta. that had crab bisque & ikura, this one minced pork sauce & sakura ebi & priced cheaper at $4.90 (vs S$6.90). i liked both (& was quite happy to take it again the next day).

capellini, minced prok sauce, sakura ebi

capellini, minced prok sauce, sakura ebi

one reviewer said it tasted like bakchormee? it didn’t to me, but it was nice, very al dente & flavourful.^^

belly pork, lentils, poached egg

belly pork, lentils, poached egg

belly pork, lentils, poached egg

belly pork, lentils, poached egg

the belly pork was excellent, very tender, moist & still having the texture, excellent low temperature cooking. the crackling skin was not crackling like the chinese roast pork, but totally edible. love the lentils.

pan-seared seabass, potato, crabmeat

pan-seared seabass, potato, crabmeat

the seabass was excellent too! this was really a very good pan seared seabass! liked the potatoes too. 🙂

duck confit, mased potato, shitake

duck confit, mashed potato, shitake

the duck confit was very good, just like that at concetto.

cookie dough ice cream, cherry kirsch, peanut butter

cookie dough ice cream, cherry kirsch, peanut butter

the cookies & milk ice cream was good, but no wow factor for me, & it was more expensive.

pistachio panna cotta

pistachio panna cotta

pistachio panna cotta

pistachio panna cottaEx

the pistachio panna cotta was lovely. my doughtier liked it very much. maybe i will try this at home.

c.h.e.f andy

Good Set Lunch @ Concetto by Saveur on 10Feb2015

concetto pasta

concetto pasta

had lunch with a friend at concetto by saveur at the cathay on 10.2.2015. 🙂

i had a nice 4pax family dinner here recently on 18.1.2015.

she ordered the concetto pasta & the kurobuta pork cheek, plus a ice lemon tea.

i ordered the S$20.90 3-course set lunch + S$1.50 for ice lemon tea. i picked the concetto pasta, beef oyster blade & as the server recommended, the pistachio panna cotta.

concetto pasta

concetto pasta

the concetto pasta was a chilled capellini with crab & prawn tartare (tiny morsels) tossed in lobster oil & topped with lobster foam & ikura (salmon roe). it’s a very tasty appetiser though i was less blown away as the last time.

perhaps some truffle oil? but maybe cannot mix too many ingredients. the lobster bisque made it very flavourful already.^^

beef oyster blade

beef oyster blade

beef oyster blade

beef oyster blade

beef oyster blade

beef oyster blade

i had the 36hr sous vide beef oyster blade.

beef was tender & consistent. it was not sinewy like a braised beef dish. still i thought taste was bland & lacking, and still basically a braised item c/w very flavourful grilled steaks. i am not sure if the beef was charred first before sous vide-that should add some flavours. there was french mustard with seeds layered on top, and the coffee soil provided some taste when taken together.

overall i would think the kurobuta or the duck confit would be better.

kurobuta pork cheek

kurobuta pork cheek

kurobuta pork cheek

kurobuta pork cheek

kurobuta pork cheek

kurobuta pork cheek

my friend had the braised kurobuta pork cheek with gnocchi.

i had this the least time. the kurobuta was flavourful & tender, very good. between duck confit (which was also very good) and kurobuta i would take kurobuta.^^

pistachio panna cotta

pistachio panna cotta

pistachio panna cotta

pistachio panna cotta

pistachio panna cotta

pistachio panna cotta

the last time we had the dark chocolate tart. i asked the younger server (she just finished A levels & waiting for results). she recommended the pistachio panna cotta. good recommendations!

i thought this was a very good dessert. it was not the flavourful panna cotta we had at tremezzo lake como, but it was a very good one, & the plus over the plain one (even a very good one at tremezzo) was that this came with pistachio crumble & salted pistachio. i also tasted strong black pepper flavours which strangely made the whole combination really nice!

i would order this panna cotta again if i dine here next time!^^

c.h.e.f andy