Daily: 12:00 - 21:30
Concetto by Saveur brings new offering of Italian dishes to everyone with its well-crafted and skillfully prepared cooking techniques approach in preparing dishes that is better than high end restaurants to produce good food to all, at prices that will not break the pocket.
My friends wanted somewhere affordable and at a restaurant that’s not too shabby. As such, I thought of Concetto.
And from the menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4), we ordered:-
1) Seafood soup, $8.90 – A rich shellfish broth with a selection of luscious seafood. The presentation did not look too impressive, but this was not too bad. The groom-to-be was worried the soup would tasty fishy, but this was no where near that. Instead, it was rich and flavourful.
2) Concetto pasta, $6.90 – Chilled capellini tossed in lobster oil & seaweed; served with crab & shrimp tartare, finished with lobster foam & ikura. It did not exactly impress but this was okie for its price tag.
3) Pork ravioli, $11.90 – Sphere-shaped pasta filled with minced pork belly & smoked scarmozza cheese; served with pernod fennel cream sauce, aged parma ham & onion confit. The filling within was marinated very well. Very tasty. However, the dough was a little thick. And at the corners where the dough was pressed together, it was a little uncooked.
Due to the (silly) 3000 characters limit, continue to read my review on other dishes here: PART2
8) Tiramisu, $10.90 – A la-minute composed; homemade sponge, mascarpone cream, tanariva chocolate mousse. Looked impressive on the plate, but I did not really like Concette’s deconstructed rendition of tiramisu. That taste of coffee was missing.
Generally, Concetto makes a good place for an almost-there-fine-dining experience. The dishes offered at Concetto are what one would most likely see in fine-dining restaurants. But offered at wallet-friendly prices at Concetto. Which also explained why reservation is a must.
My friends reached at 6.15pm on a weekend evening without knowing that I had made reservation for 7pm. And he was told the next available slot for walk-in was at 9pm! So yes, thankfully I made a reservation on their website (which beeds to be done at least 3 hours in advance). And it was great that we were promptly allocated a table even though we were almost 30 minutes early.
However, it’ll be good to request for a table on the upper tier. The restaurant has two levels, and we smelled after our dinner as we say at the lower tier which wS just beside the open-concept kitchen.
But it’s a personal preference that I rather dine elsewhere as I do not mind paying slightly more for better executed food. While Concetto gives a good deal where one need not dig too deep into their wallets / purses, some of the dishes seem to be misses because Concetto is restricted by the budget in order to keep their dishes affordable.
So it’s really a personal choice. Good deal or value for money. Good deal is where one scores something at a very good price (that’s known in advance) while value for money is where one can gets more than what one expect. While, at least that’s how I define the two terms. =)
PS : I am a blogger too! Lifestyle blog, Food Blog
Full menu with prices: http://chewingyum.com/2015/12/18/concetto/
I've been here a couple of times now, and the appeal of the place definitely lies in the value it offers. Concetto offers pretty good meals that will be hard to find elsewhere at a similar price point. Overall the quality is not bad, but the quantity does leave wanting if you are hungry. But apart from that, its hard to fault the place. I'd definitely return.
Last night dinner 12 Nov was a disaster! Been here a couple of times & this time not sure if they have a new chef but the food sucks big time!
Mushroom soup way too salty!
2 of my friends ordered frutti di mare linguine supposedly a seafood pasta! Can you imagine no vongole never mind, one plate with 1 pathetic piece of mussel & 2 prawns & the other plate only 1 piece of mussel ! When we called the Waitress over to explain. Guess what she replied??!! ...'Oh the vongole (guess only 1 piece?!) has been blended in with the crab meat & you are supposed to get only 1 mussel & 1 prawn. Your friend's extra prawn has been given wrongly that's why you don't have' ... In my whole service life, this was the most stupidly outrageous reply I ever get ! I requested to speak to the Manager & guess what?!! She is the Manager!! Nevermind, my PRAWN AGLIO LINGUINE was soaked with oil & shredded chillis that tasted oily & yucky! Didn't bother to have a 2nd bite.
I requested to speak to the Chef since the Manager can't even salvage the service so we waited. 10mins later she came & say the Chef too busy (my guess he/she must be the only person cooking that's why!) and will take off the pastas off the bill. Honestly this incident don't leave us any happier as we were looking forward to have the same good experience we always had at Concetto...but my guess you guys are getting too complacent to bother if your guests return.