The Concerto Connoisseur, Keppel Bay

We'd originally wanted to hit up Takumi for one of their value-for-money set lunches but they were closed for renovations, so we popped into The Concerto Connoisseur next door. The vantage view of the Sentosa waterfront and Keppel Bay afforded by its second storey locale of the Keppel marina makes for a very calming tranquil lunch. It's one of those places that I'd be perfectly content parking my butt at, nursing a drink, and pouring over a good book. And I kind of get it now why some folks prefer to live by the water, instead of in the buzz of the city center.

But, its arresting scenic view and serene ambience is where the superlatives end. The food here was pedestrian at best, and abysmal at worse. Service was sluggish too. Maybe the staff just so happened to take an early siesta.

The insipid Smoked Salmon Caesar Salad ($19), laden with a way-too-soft-for-my-liking 63" egg, bacon strip, tomato confit, wild salmon roe, several strips of uninspiringly grey-ish hued smoked salmon and baby romaine lettuce, was tossed in a rather generic caesar dressing, and topped off with parmesan shavings and a garlic toast.

The similarly vapid Wild Mushroom Risotto ($24) was garnished with a couple of king oyster mushroom chips and parmesan shavings.

The Vegetable Broth ($13) was surprisingly decent, with a mellow sweetness that belied its grungy sppearance. This was garnished with sauteed chilli mushrooms, and organic quinoa and polenta cake,

The Cafe Latte ($7) was averagely characterless as well, lacking in body and depth. Still, it was a worthwhile shot of caffeine.

The Concerto Connoisseur
2 Keppel Bay Vista
Marina at Keppel Bay #02-02A
Tel: 6276 1223
Open daily from 11am to 11pm
Website: www.theconnoisseurconcerto.com

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