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At $38 per person, Zafferano’s semi-buffet lunch has been a popular destination for the Shenton Way lunch crowd.

The lunch kicked off with a selection of starters from the buffet table.

Antipasti

Antipasti

Cheese Board

Cheese Board

The selection of starters wasn’t as extensive as Basilico’s. But generally, the offerings  were pretty unique, of a decent standard and using fresh ingredients. We particularly enjoyed the salmon terrine and prawn salad. We were also attracted to the cheese board. There were 3 different cheeses that day – Taleggio, Gorgonzola and Parmesan. 3 different cheeses of different tastes and textures. The Gorgonzola was soft and creamy, with chunks of blue veins. The Taleggio was slightly harder than the Gorgonzola, and with a milder taste. Finally, the Parmesan was the hardest and firmest, but also the mildest in taste.

Carnaroli Risotto with Taleggio cheese & asparagus

Carnaroli Risotto with Taleggio cheese & asparagus

The cheeses from the buffet spread proved to be very important and useful in our main course – Carnaroli Risotto with Taleggio cheese & asparagus. The Risotto was very bland and under seasoned. It was lacking in cheese and the asparagus seemed to play no part at all. We had to resort to adding the cheeses from the buffet spread into our risotto, to increase the flavour as well as incorporate the cheesy and sticky texture into the risotto. A disappointing main course from Zafferano.

Roasted Iberico pork belly, balsamic vinegar sauce & mashed potatoes

Roasted Iberico pork belly, balsamic vinegar sauce & mashed potatoes

The other main course, Roasted Iberico pork belly, balsamic vinegar sauce & mashed potatoes, was much stronger in flavour compared to the risotto. However, in our standards, it still fell short as the pork belly could have been more marinated and flavourful. The texture of the pork was also on the tougher and chewier side, lacking the “melts in the mouth” texture.

Desserts

Desserts

The desserts were pretty disappointing too. General comments of the desserts – bland, forgetful, mediocre. The mango pudding looked stale and oxidized. Both the chocolate mousse and brownie were tasteless and not chocolate-rich. Not the best finish to the meal.

The view at Zafferano was great, a 270 degrees panoramic view! However, the meal was severely let down by the under seasoned main courses and unexciting desserts.

Zafferano
Level 43, Ocean Financial Centre
10 Collyer Quay

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Written by foodphd

November 13, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Posted in Buffet, Desserts, Italian

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