In recent years, Singapore’s newest restaurants have been aiming high, as a number of savvy restauranteurs take advantage of the city’s spectacular marina bay views and opened rooftop dining spots. Zafferano, an Italian restaurant, bar and lounge perched on the 43rd floor of the Ocean Financial Centre is the latest restaurant to offer such sky-high dining experience.
Zafferano offers a stunning 270-degree view of the island, not to mention a bird’s eye view of the upcoming Singapore Grand Prix main circuit. With a stunning view, so how does the food at Zafferano fares?
This Italian outlet serves up contemporary Italian cuisine in unique, moderately sized portions. Helmed by head chef Roberto De Franco, the extensive menu is divided into seven featured varieties of cuisine – Cucina di Mamma (Mum’s Kitchen), Terra (Earth), Verde (Vegetarian), Mare (Ocean), Griglia (Grilled Meats), Delicate (Delicatessen favourites) and Dolci (Sweets).
We started our meal with their Degustazione di Prosciutto ($45), a vertical tasting of parma ham (aged 24 months), san daniele (aged 32 months) and pata negra bellota (aged 36 months). These thinly sliced classic Italian cured meats were sweet, lightly salty, fresh, balanced and sharp in the throat. My favourite has to be the san daniele as it has an especially creamy texture and sweet flavour. For those fond of eating prosciutto, these Italian hams paired really well with their freshly baked bread and a glass of dry but not too powerful white wine.
Another appetiser we’ve tried was the Burrata ($21). The burrata cheese was rested on a bed of baby spring vegetables and basil oil and eggplant purée. This is a refreshing dish. Like any good burrata, the fresh Italian cheese cut open to reveal a gooey rich center, rich as butter and it paired well with the purée and cherry tomato broth.
For main, the oven baked black cod in herbed breadcrumbs, caper berries and black olives ($28 – see main photo above) is a must-try. The fish was succulent and cooked to perfection, with all the flavours coming to the fore after just one bite. The caper berries and olives gave this dish a slightly larger burst of flavour. A trip to an Italian restaurant is not complete without trying their pasta dishes. The Astice ($45) which comprises of large ‘paccheri’ pasta with boston lobster and fresh tomato sauce was a let down. Although the pasta was cooked al dente, the chef could have been slightly more generous with the pasta and the sauce, especially with such a high price tag.
The Risotto Zafferano ($22) on the other hand is surprising good. The saffron flavoured risotto is perfectly cooked and well-flavoured. The quail leg confit stuffed with foie gras was juicy and tender, with the foie gras nearly melting away inside. It’s a combination of earthy, gamey and richness of the risotto that makes this dish a standout.
And if you still have space for dessert, go for the classic vanilla crème brulèe with orange sorbet ($18). The crème brulèe was light and had just the right sweetness and the sorbet very refreshing and had a nice tang to it. If you can’t decide on what to have, go for the Dolci assortiti ($24) where you get a platter of six mini-bites.
If you are working in the CBD and feel like having a good cocktail to chill out after a long work day, Zafferano is worth a visit. During the Singapore Grand Prix weekend, Zafferano also has special dining options for you to wine and dine in comfort amidst the exciting Formula 1 night race. Indulge in 4-course dinner from $125++ on 21 September, 4-course dinner with a complimentary flute of champagne from $125++ on 22 September and 6-course dinner from $198++ on 23 September. If you make a booking before 9 September, you get a 10% early bird discount.
See also, our earlier article on the opening of Zafferano.
10 Collyer Quay, Ocean Financial Centre, Singapore 049315
Tel: 6509 1488
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