My friend chose italian food for her birthday, and most italian restaurants closes quite early but Zafferano was one of the few that opens till late on a Friday, so that was how this venue was decided.
This place sounded romantic and cosy, but actually it was pretty noisy and vibrant. All eyes were on the bar area, right in the middle of the restaurant, where the lighting centerpiece is located.
Happy hour was till 8pm, and a glass of prosecco goes for $8++.
Tap water is available and the warm loaf of bread served pre-dinner, was really nice.
Ordered squid ink risotto, braised iberico pork cheeks, beef tenderloin with foie gras and boston lobster pilaf rice.
The portion for pork cheeks and beef tenderloin was rather small. Liked the pork cheeks. Tender meat and homely taste. Baby carrots were well-cooked. The beef was done medium rare, and the pan-fried goose liver was nicely quivery.
All of us liked the Boston lobster and the gratinated creme fresche sauce. Yums. The pilaf rice with raisin and pine nuts helped to fill us up. Otherwise, we'd still be hungry.
Service was generally good, but sometimes they're just too busy attending to other diners. Short-handed?
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Dinner began with the Insalata Zafferano ($18) that came in a bowl of colourful and refreshing salad of Romaine hearts, fennel, Roma tomatoes, shallot, beetroot, capsicum, brioche croutons and shallot cheese dressing.
I simply fell in love with the Insalata Di Salmone Scozzese ($26) as it has 2 of my favourite ingredients salmon and spinach together on a plate. The salmon was herb cured and thinly sliced paired with crispy red cabbage and baby spinach tossed in a honey mustard dressing.
A vegetarian dish on the menu, the Ravioli Di Burrata ($24) has everyone at the table raving about it. The freshly made ravioli was filled with burrata and served with basil, tomato passata sauce and roasted tomato confit. An excellent dish of texture and flavour coming together with simple ingredients.
Another delish vegetarian dish on the menu is the Mezzelune Con Ricotta E Spinaci ($18). The crescent pasta is filled with delectable ricotta cheese and spinach glazed with delightful sage butter sauce. The freshly made crescent pasta was thin and came with a nice bite. Zafferano is really good at their pasta. It's definitely my to go place for the time being.
After having tried the steamed Red Snapper at Jamie Kitchen recently, I realized the Italian can do their fish quite well not. Italian cuisine is not just about pasta and risotto afterall. The Branzino Cartoccio ($68) or whole seabass was cooked in paper with olives, capers, tomatoes and spring vegetables. The huge fish is good for sharing between 3 to 5 persons.
Another dish on the menu that is good for sharing is the Fiorentina Alla Brace ($168). The 900g Black Angus T-bone steak is charcoal grilled to perfection consider its quite a big piece of meat to handle. Good for 3 to 5 persons, one side of the T-bone is tenderloin while the other side is sirloin. The beautiful steak was also served with oyster mushroom, shallots and bone marrow.
There were so many delicious food for the night but the Gnocchi Di Patate Al Gorgonzola E Noci ($19) impressed me the most. The russet potato gnocchi with gorgonola cheese topped with walnut flakes was creamy and nutty, packed with lovely flavours and textures.
I usually avoid ordering squid ink dishes cause not many places can do it well. The Risotto Al Nero Seppia ($24) surprised me how well the chef managed to balance the saltiness of the squid ink with the red wine reduction and tomatoes. The squid ink flavour was perfectly infused with the risotto served with crunchy baby calamari.
Among the 4 desserts, the Sfoglia Croccante Alla Mela ($22) was my favourite. The crispy pastry with caramalised golden apple segments was like a match in heaven served with a scoop of homemade Madagascar vanilla ice cream.
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Poor service. Food is average. I was told that no reservation by the window was allowed during one of the festive seasons. However, when I was there, some tables were reserved for 'regular customers'. The waiters and waitresses have minimal knowledge of the menu, and let's not go to the wine list. They were not even aware of the chef's special for that day. The food quality was average, and definitely below average if we are talking about fine-dining, or are we? There were also a few children running around and neither the manager nor the waiters attempted to calm them down. It is such a waste that the service standard and food quality hardly justify its ambience and nice view.
We were there during restaurant week promotion. The service was great. Everyone was Super nice and gentle. We were served with restaurant week menu, hence not much of a choice. Love the cauliflower soup. Just don't expect too much for the view. We were seated by the window, but the view was blocked by the facade and planters.
Quality Italian food, lovely view, classy, and good service. Nothing to complain about.
It is on the pricier side, but you are paying for a romantic atmosphere, roof-top views of SG's impressive skyline, professional service, and good food.
Went here for a leaving dinner. The service was nothing short of impeccable. They had messed up our order by not delivering it to us, but it was still reflected on the bill. Not only did they cancel it from the bill, they still delivered it to us FOC. Numerous "on the house" items which was a pleasant surprise. Amazing view, our waited told us that despite MBS having 57 floors (this is on the 43rd), we were still higher up from the sea level. This makes this restaurant an underrated one. Portions were a bit too small for the price in my eyes, but exploding with contemporary flavour and taste. Food was also served at a very dismal temperature. If you are expecting high temperature in your food do not come. From that aspect, their rating does fall. Service does make you want to come back again and again.