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At 240 metres above ground, perched at the top floor of the Ocean Financial Centre in Collyer Quay, Zafferano joins the likes of Ku Te Da and Jaan with its gorgeous bird's eye view of our beautiful city skyline that is absolutely captivating in the night. With nature as its asset and a glowing circular bar lit by a thousand saffron tendrils which takes centre stage in the lounge, Zafferano is primed with great potential.Debuting Executive Chef Fabio Cucchelli last month, who brings with him more
Debuting Executive Chef Fabio Cucchelli last month, who brings with him more than two decades of culinary experience across Europe, along with a spanking new menu of traditional Italian signatures, contemporary Italian restaurant- Zafferano (Italian for Saffron) is set to impress with its emphasis on natural flavours as it pays tribute to the authentic origins of produce that come from both North and South Italy. The first Insalata Zafferano $18 was a colorful affair brimming with nutritional and vitamin-rich fresh produce. Tossing up romaine hearts, Roma tomatoes, brioche croutons and finished with squirts of shallot cheese dressing, this was a charming piece of artwork which whetted our appetites effortlessly. Pastas are always a highlight at any Italian establishment and Chef Fabio did not disappoint with his vegetarian option of Mezzelune con ricotta e spinaci $18 that had an elegant touch. These pasta crescents were snugly packed with a blend of ricotta cheese, spinach and sage butter and when eaten hot, it was perfecto! The highlight of my evening was this Astice alla busara $86- a stunning Boston Lobster gratinated with crème fresche that created a dimension of body and richness to the sweet meat. And even though we were all stuffed after everything we ate, the raisin pilaf rice was simply irresistible with that homemade chili tomato sauce. Fast becoming my Italian staple, this Risotto al nero di seppia $24 is no stranger with its characteristic jet-black appearance. No prizes for guessing but yes it is squid ink! Accentuated by the red wine reduction, I thoroughly enjoyed the saltiness and briny nature of the ristotto broth. Throw in a clash of red with baby calamari and chopped tomatoes, this was a clear winner. The Cremoso al formaggio fresco $10 tops the charts with its pretty presentation and great attention to detail. Surprisingly light, the cheese crème with toffee filled our tummies with contentment and satisfaction without weighing us down.
If you love Nutella, then order this Nocciole di canelli $19 which is essentially Canneli hazelnuts done four ways- crumble, ice-cream, caramel and sauce. Definitely not an overload for the fanatics. Story short, while the initial lure of Zafferano is its panoramic view of the Marina waterfront and welcoming alfresco terrace which offers wonderful respite after a long day of work alongside a cocktail or two, it is the food that ultimately charms us right till the end.