Thursday, February 26, 2015

Caffe B @ Marina Bay Sands : $25 Set Lunch Menu

Italian fine dining restaurant Caffe B has launched a 3-course set lunch menu that allows guests to choose from 2 appetizers and 4 main courses. To be honest, it may be the cheapest fine-dining set menu at Marina Bay Sands but still there is plenty of improvement for the dishes here as they have made several mistakes that should not occurred at such a dining spot. 

Let's start with the food items first. Both the appetizers were quite solid. The Potato and Prosciutto Salad consists of potato chunks wrapped in Prosciutto Ham and topped with Bonito flakes. This intensely savoury bites retained a nice texture that would otherwise be lost if the potatoes were fully mashed. The Soup of the Day was a roasted vegetable soup that reminded me of a creamy version of minestrone soup with hints of curry spices.
That's when the dishes began to lose its magic. The Tuna Sake Tataki was well-executed on the heat, yielding some tender pinkish interior. However, the fish seemed to have parted ways with the red pesto and tomatoes florentine. The Black Angus Beef was a major disappointment as this is a very high-quality cut but had somehow lost all its flavours under the sous vide method. It could be more generous with the sauce verde and edamame puree as the beef was bland. 
Chicken Lasagne Parmeggiano, a spinach pasta layered with chicken, shiitake, eggplants in bechamel sauce, pomodoro and mozzarella, sounded good but did not translate well on the palates. The Vegetarian Pasta Alla Funghi might be the dish that you want to pick as the consistency of the wild mushroom cream sauce was reached, thought I prefer if it could be less salty.

Do not expect much from the dessert, a trio of matcha, red bean and chocolate profiteroles, as the quality and portion is utterly underwhelming. Perhaps it is unfair to ask too much for a $25 but my previous experience says otherwise. Caffe B can do a lot better than this. On the very minimum, the quality should never be compromised.
Caffe B
2 Bayfront Avenue B1-15 & 01-83 
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands Singapore 018972
Lunch Menu is available from 12pm-3pm daily including weekends

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