SBA2012: Buffet Lunch at Zaffron in Oasia Hotel Singapore
Before heading to the Singapore Flyer to witness the highly-anticipated Singapore Blog Awards 2012, the international bloggers along with their Singaporean blogger hosts were brought to Oasia Hotel to feast on the buffet lunch spread at hotel’s premier restaurant – Zaffron.
Zaffron is inspired from saffron, an expensive and high quality spice that is known for its exquisite fragrance and flavor. Zaffron has a well-lit dining area that can accommodate up to 120 guests. The restaurant serves international dishes of epicurean proportions. It was good day to have a taste of some of Singapore’s finest cuisines.
Warning: There is so much Singaporean foodporn here that if you’re hungry right now, you might want to eat first. Otherwise, scroll down at your own risk.
The moment I entered Zaffron, the Char Siew Pork and Roast Chicken with Grilled Bell Peppers caught my attention. Not only because I am a big fan of chicken dishes but because of the colorful melody brought by the peppers. This side of the restaurant is pleasing to the eyes and to the palate as well.
Then, I went around to take a peak of what other dishes were there. A popular Singaporean dish was present – the Fish Head Curry. It was good fish head curry, not to spicy and I think most of the bones of the fish were already removed so it will be easier to eat.
It was Singapore so it is but right to dedicate one corner for a Laksa station. Laksa is a spicy noodle dish that is very popular in Singapore and Malaysia. Laksa to Singaporeans is like ramen to the Japanese. Laksa has a lot of spicy attitude especially with its curry-based soup. At Zaffron, you can ask for a bowl of laksa to be served directly at your table.
Another of my favorites is the Oyster Omelet, which is also quite popular in Singapore. You can find it almost anywhere, even in various hawker stations. What I like about Zaffron’s oyster omelet is that it is simply a combination of oyster and scrambled eggs unlike in other restaurants that use a lot of flour as extender. Beside it is a serving of Chili Crabs. In my honest opinion, if you really like super spicy chili crabs, try the ones from the hawker stations in Chinatown or from Jumbo at Clark Quay.
I came across a dish that was quite new to me. Zaffron had this Stuffed Tofu and I bet they use high quality tofu for this. It was soft and savory, and the stuffing made the dish very appetizing. Beside the stuffed tofu is Beef (sauteed) in Oyster Sauce.
For veggies, I had this Spinach (sauteed) on Garlic dish. It was quite a familiar flavor since I also have it in the Philippines. Beside it s Spicy Pork Stew topped with thin slices of chili pepper.
For dessert, I had a Blackberry-Topped Mango Yogurt Pudding. Blackberry is not a phone, c’mon… I liked the consistency of the pudding and it was also relatively light that you get to experience the fruity flavors with every spoonful.
And of course, I wouldn’t miss the unlimited Cold Stone ice cream even though my pant’s top button was already popping from fullness. Man, it’s Cold Stone. No one simply says no to that!
Foodporn photos courtesy of my handy-dandy Samsung Galaxy S3. I think the shots came out pretty okay. What do you guys think?
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Disclaimer: Spread Some Awesome is not directly related to Zaffron, Oasia Hotel Singapore, Far East Hospitality Group, and any PR Team promoting the hotel. Spread Some Awesome got the privilege to stay at one of Far East Hospitality hotels (Changi Village Hotel) for free as part of being one of the international bloggers invited to cover the Singapore Blog Awards 2012. This blog post is a requirement in exchange for the accommodation but it is an honest to goodness review of all personal accounts. Spread Some Awesome is not promoting it but simply telling experiences hoping it helps future travelers in Singapore.
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