TCC, The Connoisseur Concerto
Central - Orchard
Central – Near Orchard
Great World City
The Pier @ Robertson
Central – South
Marina at Keppel Bay
Bugis Junction (Atrium)
Bugis Junction (Main Boutique)
Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA)
Singapore Management University
City – Business District
Funan DigitaLife Mall
Marina Bay Sands
NTUC Building @ One Marina Boulevard
No. 4 Robinson Road
Changi Airport T3 Arrival Hall
the connoisseur concerto (tcc) is the leading purveyor of gourmet coffees in Singapore and soon, the region. They pride themselves in offering an extensive range of exclusive top-quality coffees, brewed to perfection using a variety of methods including syphon, ice coffee dripper and espresso techniques. Each of their art boutique caffè features a unique design and ambience to suit the local clientele.
They have great variety with their hot and cold drinks, leaving you spoilt for choices. If you are unsure which drinks to choose, ask for the staff’s recommendation. My favourite would be Oreo Cookie Frappe, Lychee Jazz and Berry Glitzy. Their main course consists mainly of Italian and Western cuisine. They change their menu quite often, so do look out for the new items! Some recommendations are Mentaiko Spaghetti with Salmon Tataki, Seafood Aglio Olio, Chili Beef Soup and Shrooms Bite. They have a fair portion of serving to their main dish, hence it’s not too big for an individual serving.
The menu is the practically same for lunch and dinner. No advance reservation is taken by TCC but usually you are able to find seats at any hour.
I'm quite the creature of habit so I order their Baby Crayfish pasta whenever I dine with them and I don't feel I'll ever get sick of it! It's tossed together with sauce that's of a salmon-shade, which reminds me of laksa. Haha! It doesn't taste anything like laksa though, but creamy and smooth.
It's sprinkled with wasabi fish roe so there's always a surprise in each bite!
I ventured out of my comfort zone and ordered their Seafood Aglio Olio once and it was not bad as well! A little too spicy for my liking though but extremely satisfying.
So the ambience is kinda nice but the food and drinks are just very mediocre stuff. They are also charging quite a bit for such mediocre fare. I can't really describe very easily why i dislike their food. It looks delicious, but something is just terribly wrong. It feels like the entire meal is microwaved or that i will get a headache or i will feel really sick after eating them. I am not even sure why this is so. The drinks are really mediocre and once again they are pretty but they don't taste good at all.
I wil be at O' Coffee Club, Dome, Starbucks or even Mcdonald's anytime. I avoid TCC, always. Somehow the crowd here is also more Ah lian.(Ah lian means.. it's so hard to describe ah lian nowadays, there are so many versions. Inferior girls will be best) I cannot explain why either.
Firstly, the service was nice and friendly. I was greeted with a smile, and given two menus. The ambience also had a wonderful feeling, and I just felt inspired and productive.
Secondly, the food and beverages were pretty good. My friend ordered a soup and a meat dish, we shared a salad, and I ordered a vegetarian dish. The first thing I noted, was that even though the pricing on the food was on the high side, the food was nothing like I have ever had before. Fresh salads with crisp taste, and a wonderful sauce to brighten up the dish. The mushroom soup had a stronger flavour that was better than many mushroom soups my friend or I have ever had. The dish he ordered which was white fish with yuzu sauce, it was moist and tender, and very much enjoyable. And the dish I ordered, the veggie shroom burger, was rather hearty despite it being a sandwich, as the portion was quite big. The iced coffee I had was also smooth and nice.
To conclude the experience, I would say it is a great place to enjoy some atmosphere and some really good food and drinks. While the products are certainly on the higher side, I think it is worth the price as I felt much care and thought was put into the dishes, even with the mini salads that came with the main dishes. And with such a comfortable ambience, I feel that the cost is quite justifiable. I also would add that vegetarians might love the place since a person like me, who normally eats meat dishes, could also deeply enjoy a vegetarian dish!
The drink choices at TCC tempt even the most stubborn of coffee haters (aka me), but a few sips here and there could change one’s perceptions of coffee forever. Its 24-hour outlets make it an even more appealing option when it comes to chilling out at night.
Not telling you which branch, but my friends and I were at TCC for dinner after an outing. After ordering we chatted and took an video while we wait for the food. Then a friend saw "it". Creepy Crawlie was happily crawling in the cheese shaker. Ugh!
Called the waitress and of course she changed it for us. The manager came and asked if he can offer us anything for our shock. He suggested a free meal back at the restaurant, but all of us decide to leave.
Another thing that fulfils my requirement for a good hang out spot is that they allow students to study there for long periods of time. No more embarrassing experiences of getting thrown out of eating establishments!
I suggest that you bring all your friends to TCC not only for the good food but also the wonderful ambience.
We first went there when my uncle brought us there with his TCC membership card, having 50% off everything on his birthday month. I was anticipating the dining experience from hearsay, and after that night, it proved to be not disappointing at all, and in fact, it exceeded my expectations!
Although I would not say that the food here is cheap, but it is definitely worth it. Restaurant quality food for restaurant pricing. The courses are artistically plated; not an eyesore, definitely not a tummy sore either.
I love starting with their appetizers of satisfying proportions (not too much to overload you before your main, not too little you would be upset), followed by a nice hearty main course (definitely satisfying both your palate and appetite), and ending the nice meal with a rich, decadent dessert!
Furthermore, the ambience there calls for praise (especially the one at Keppel Marina Bay), feeling high-class yet cosy!
Ordered a plate of spaghetti bolognaise for about $17, if I remember correctly. Taste wise was quite good, but the portion felt small for the amount I was paying, although it was just enough for me because I become full easily. They are rather generous with the sauce though. If I was paying for my own meal, I would feel really unsatisfied with my meal.
Did not have drinks that day, but based on past visits, the drinks are also pretty costly (roughly $9 odd?), although the glass size is bigger than Starbucks (though Starbucks is cheaper). However, some of their drinks could be pretty thick, such as their Nutella frappe, and I won't feel like finishing the drink because I'd feel full and tired of the taste. In my opinion, I would rather get a drink from Starbucks.
Would not return for meals next time. Just a drink once in a blue moon would be nice enough.
The plush bright red sofa seats caught my eye and it felt so good to sink into them. When we got the menus, I raised an eyebrow at their prices, which I found to be a little on the steep side. Nevertheless, I decided to try their Cocoa L’amore cake, which is essentially a mousse cake decked with layers of dark chocolate and white chocolate. My partner ordered a slice of Royal Cassis - a cake white chocolate mousse cake.
Our orders took about ten minutes to arrive, and at a first glance, I knew that the cakes were not fresh. they looked hard and unappealing. Our first bites affirmed that the cakes had been left on display for a few days. We only finished the cakes because of the unreasonable high price we paid for them! In the end, we paid close to $20 for the whole horrid experience.
In my opinion, TCC has better frappés than Starbucks; I guess the latter has more customers because of their marketing. But TCC's frappés are not as sweet and so easier to finish without feeling like you just downed an espresso cup of sugar syrup.
The downside of TCC is the pricing. Students like myself probably find it harder to pay $8 for a frappé, whereas I think Starbucks' start from $6.
I guess working adults who are particular about their coffee and frappés should give TCC a shot. It helps that the ambience is a bit more business-like than Starbucks - the chairs are all plush, as opposed to the wooden stools in Starbucks.