The Connoisseur Concerto, International Building

TCC is one of few 24 hour dining spots along Orchard Road. We'd stopped by for supper after finishing up our Christmas shopping.

We sat indoors because of the muggy heat outdoors. Unfortunately, the air-conditioning that night had broken down. Instead, there were a couple of air coolants placed strategically around the cafe for ventilation. Consequently, the indoors was barely cooler than the outdoors. We saw a few people trying to covertly shift the coolants to face their tables, only to have the wait staff tell them that they had to turn it back to its original positioning so there's some kind of air flow around the stuffy cafe.

But for the ridiculous lack of air-conditioning and stifling warmth of the indoors, supper would have been really quite pleasant because the food was surprisingly good.

We shared the Oven Roasted White Fish ($24.30) with yuzu sauce, roasted potatoes, cherry tomatoes and baby French beans. This was really quite good. The fresh fish, charred with a smoky accent, was moist and flaky. A piquant citrusy yuzu cream interplayed nicely with the creamy mildness of the fish.

The Dark Devotion ($11.80), a warm chocolate fondant topped with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, drizzled with a summer berries compote, and wedged with an orange sesame tuile was a great marriage of rich sweetness and tangy lightness.

The Connoisseur Concerto
360 Orchard Road
International Building #01-01
Tel: 6732 3696
Open 24 hours
Website: www.theconnoisseurconcerto.com

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