For the past few years, November would mean travelling. As it is the birthday month for both myself and K, we would be wandering around the streets of Seoul, then visiting a makgeolli bar or a random local eatery my intuition leads me to, not forgetting meeting all my friends and loved ones in Korea and reminiscing the years I’ve spent there.
Speaking of which, I have decided to blog everything about South Korea at another site. I know many of you actually discover my site through my South Korea travel content, so please also visit The Calm Chronicle.
COVID-19 has made birthdays a little different. No more travel. It has also altered the way we see travel and tourism, and many other aspects of life. To spice things up a little, we decided to dine at Zafferano Italian Restaurant & Lounge on my birthday. And it was indeed a blessing as my birthday falls on the Singapore Restaurant Week, a yearly culinary event that is highly anticipated since its debut in 2002!
Perched on the top of the Ocean Financial Centre, Zafferano is a beautiful Italian restaurant in the heart of Singapore’s central business district. I love the bright & airy space filled with natural light. The restaurant never fails to impress with their food during media tastings, which is one of the obvious reasons I choose this place – I wanted K to try out the food here, especially when we do not know when is the next time we can finally fly to Italy.
Everything was perfect – the starter, stracciatella cheese, tasted just like how it was during a media tasting years back. I wiped out the entire plate. The fresh seasonal oyster with onion sorbet was a brilliant combination. Our primi – lobster pasta and ravioli, were well executed. And I really enjoyed that juicy, flavourful beef steak. The cioccolato lava cake was another highlight too. It is not too sweet, and the pairing liqueur added a nice, smokey flavour.
And just when I thought the perfect birthday celebration is almost over, the waiter surprised me with a birthday cake on the house! This came as a pleasant surprise and I really appreciate the all-round, warm Italian hospitality. Friendly and impeccable service, delicious food and great wine!
We made a reservation through the Singapore Restaurant Week website. Apparently, due to the site settings, we booked in a slot that isn’t available at the restaurant. However, the restaurant was quick to rectify the issue and sort everything out within a call. Kudos to the Zafferano team!
Singapore Restaurant Week offers a great opportunity for diners to sample some of Singapore’s culinary powerhouses dishes at a slightly more pocket-friendly price. So don’t miss out on the chance! Please note that you’ll need to pay a deposit for bookings during Singapore Restaurant Week at Zafferano. The deposit will be forfeited in case of a no-show.
Zafferano Italian Restaurant & Lounge
10 Collyer Quay, Level 43 Ocean Financial Centre, Singapore 049315
Tel. 6509 1488
Mon-Sun, 12pm-3pm; 6pm-11pm.