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Review: Concetto by Saveur @ Cathay

If you’re ever in town looking for affordable and quality food, Concetto should be at the top of your list. Who says you can’t have the best of both worlds?

To me, quality French or Italian cuisines tend to be synonymous with expensive food. Sure, there are affordable pastas and risottos around such as that in Pastamania or Sazireya, but Concetto is not your usual run-of-the-mill affordable Italian restaurant.

Today was my second visit to Concetto, and I was yet again impressed with the quality of the food and its presentation. On our first visit, we ordered their stuffed pastas, Duck Tortellini and the Pork Ravioli. The portion of the stuffed pasta was a tad bit small, but the array of flavors and texture in these stuffed goodness blew us away.

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The Duck Tortellini ($12.90) was served with a poached egg, potato, topped with parmesan emulsion. It did not look quite as appetizing to me initially because of its foamy appearance, which left me feeling really skeptical. However, when I took the first bite into the tortellini incorporated with the “foamy stuff”, the complexity of the flavors complemented each other perfectly, and the texture was one of its kind.

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The Pork Ravioli ($10.90) tasted equally awesome as well. I may be biased because I LOVE pork. The cheese and the flavors of the pork burst into your mouth as you bite into it, would leave you feeling as if you’re in heaven for a split second. Trust me. These 2 dishes definitely left us wanting for more. Not sure if it’s because it tasted too good, or it’s because the portions were too small for monsters like us!

On our second visit, we ordered the Funghi Risotto ($9.90) and the Carbonara with the choice of Fresh Fettuccine pasta ($13.90).

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The Funghi Risotto was amazing, especially for a mushroom lover like myself. It had an assortment of mushrooms, that taste of mushrooms and the creamy texture to the risotto just left me wanting for more!

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This is a close-up on the carbonara that I had. It is served with a cream base, sous vide egg, bacon bits and a slice of pork belly. I’m a huge of fan carbonara, and basically, any cream-based pastas.  This dish had definitely met my standards of a good carbonara, except for the egg, which turned out to be a little less runny than I expected it to be. Otherwise, this was a great dish, because the cream was rich, and the combination of the bacon bits with that freshly made fettuccine was a match made in heaven. & oh, I was actually feeling full after this meal, maybe it’s the cream sauce that makes all the difference.

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Overall, I’m really satisfied with my both trips to Concetto, and I’d definitely be back to try the other pastas and the mains. Besides, the queue is no longer as bad as it first replaced Billy Bombers at the Cathay, so it’s worth a try if you’re in town! We didn’t even have to queue for the both times we visited, it may be cause our meal times are weird, or the hype simply died down. Nevertheless, I would recommend this place to any one who craves for a simple and affordable Italian fare!

CONCETTO by Saveur
THE CATHAY

2 Handy Road
#01-11/12

Opening Hours
12 noon to 9.30pm Daily
Last order 9.15pm

Prices subjected to GST and service charge.

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  1. Mok Mok
    August 13, 2014    

    Where are your reviews of the many other places you visited?

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