Thursday, November 05, 2015

Collapse in Gluttony Glee at Zafferano's Saturday Brunch

At Zafferano's new Saturday brunch, what is labelled as a 4-course brunch by Head Chef Marco Guccio turns out to be a smorgasbord of robust Italian dishes which well threaten to make any diner collapse in gluttony glee. Each course actually comprises of several individual dishes. The anti-pasti comes with fresh raw oysters, cold cuts, succulent baby lobsters flambed with brandy, fritto misto (deep fried anchovies, calamari and prawns), the moost delicious mussels and clams cooked with tomatoes, and my favourite of them all...    

The Burrata! A simple combination of the classic burrata, basil and tomatoes, this dish wowed with the uber fresh burrata which had a creamy centre and slightly chewy exterior. It was so good my table ordered another portion. Yes, all dishes on the brunch menu except for the oysters can be ordered as many portions as one likes! I even helped to finish my friends' portion at the neighbouring table. Moohehe.
 
                                    
The second course of pastas and risotto presented copper pans of Potato Gnocchi with Seafood in White Wine, Homemade Lasagna with Beef Ragout & Béchamel Sauce, and Veal Ravioli with Porcini Mushrooms & Truffle Emulsion. They were all tasty with a home-cooked appeal. The super light Gnocchi was out of this world! If spuds were clouds, this might be it. Moohehe.  
 
 
                                     
Don't miss out on the Risotto Acquerello with Iranian Saffron. Spotting a lovely natural yellow hue, it oozed creaminess and flavour without being overly cloy.  
 
                                   
The 3rd course offers up 3 mains- Oven-baked Seabass with Tomatoes, Olives, Capers & Fresh Herbs; Roasted Whole French Spring Chicken with Bell Peppers, Red Onions & Mushrooms; and Slow-cooked Pork Belly with Potatoes & Berry Sauce. While the tender pork belly was complemented nicely by the berry sauce and the seabass had a classic Italian flavour profile, unfortunately overall I felt that the mains were overshadowed by the many almost stunning anti-pasti and pasta dishes.
 
                                   
Oh well, perk up with desserts. A small buffet table offering Tiramisu, macarons and other sweet treats would please those with a sweet tooth. There are also ice creams and sorbets which can be ordered off the brunch menu. For moo, the classic Affogato with its bitter espresso poured over vanilla ice cream is enough to cap off a pretty satisfying brunch.

Brunch at Zafferano is a pretty relaxing affair with robust, hearty Italian dishes served communal style at the table. With plenty of natural light filtering into its premise and being perched 43 levels off the ground, it makes for a nice scenic experience too. And hey brunch being offered on Saturdays, there is no maddening CBD crowd to contend with.    

Brunch is available from 11.30am to 2.30pm only on the first and last Saturday of each month. $88++ per adult inclusive of free-flow soft drinks, juices, coffee and tea.

Thank you Zafferano and Gastro-Sense for the invitation. 
 

43 Floor
Ocean Financial Centre
Tel: 6509 1488
 
                                  
Make brunch a happier affair by opting for the free-flow Prosecco at $108++ per adult! Moohehe. It also includes an Italian duo of wines- a refreshing white fruit and mineral-laced white and a medium-bodied Sangiovese-based red, both IGT wines from Tuscany. 

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