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Zafferano Restaurant [Restaurant Week Oct 2014]

It’s Restaurant Week again this week, have you made your bookings yet? After skipping the last round, I came back with a vengeance and I’ll be going for a total of 3 Restaurant Week meals this round! Restaurant Week is a really good opportunity to savour set lunches or set dinners in many illustrious restaurants around Singapore, at a relatively affordable price! Thanks to the American Express Platinum Credit Card, I managed to snag all my reservations during the priority booking round.

Today, the BFF and I visited Zafferano at the top of Ocean Financial Centre. I’ve been to Zafferano only once, roughly about 1 year ago for dinner, so it was great to have the opportunity to revisit during the day time to see the restaurant in its full glory.

Zafferano - Complementary Bread

Even though Zafferano is at the top of the Ocean Financial Centre on the 43rd floor, as you can see from the picture above, there is lush greenery all around the restaurant, which kinda makes you feel as if you dining in a garden in the sky.

Zafferano - Carpaccio of wagyu beef, portobello mushroom salad, parmesan cheese and mustard dressing (1)

Carpaccio of wagyu beef, portobello mushroom salad, parmesan cheese and mustard dressing

Chose this for my appetiser. Raw meat is such a turn on for me, if you have never tried steak tartare or carpaccio, I highly recommend that you do. There’s nothing bloody about it and it doesn’t have a raw and uncooked taste. Instead, you will delight in the delicate texture and richness of flavour. Absolutely enjoyed this dish and the interplay of salty and savoury flavours from the other ingredients.

Zafferano - Leek and Potato veloute, rosemary bread croutons (1)

 Leek and Potato veloute, rosemary bread croutons

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Burlamacco Ristorante

2 year old Burlamacco is one of those restaurants where I would genuinely love to return again to sample more of what the restaurant has to offer. I was glad to have the opportunity to dine there on a Sunday afternoon. Not many people think of going to the CBD area on a weekend, let alone a Sunday. Those who work in the CBD would probably abhor the thought, but you will be rewarded for coming to this part of town as you will be able to enjoy a laid-back, slow-paced and more personal atmosphere which you simply wouldn’t get on a bustling weekday. Oh and did I mention that there are no ERP charges on Sunday and parking is a breeze?

Burlamacco Ristorante

The Partner and I were the 1st to arrive for lunch at the restaurant, so we had the luxury of picking the best seats in the house. I like the cheery decor of Burlamacco, as well as the pictures of clowns decorating the restaurant. This restaurant in a conservation shop house row boasts a skylight, which allows natural light to permeate the restaurant. Just in case you were wondering, Burlamacco refers to the clown-like figure which presides over the carnival in the Tuscan town of Viareggio, and is the town’s mascot.

Burlamacco - Crostata - Chocoalte Tart Eruption with Vanilla Ice Cream $16 (1)

As always, before I delve right into the what we sampled at Burlamacco, let me first tempt you with a picture of the decadent molten chocolate tart we tried. Yes, you heard me right, MOLTEN chocolate tart, a first for me and for many people I’m sure. Click Read More to find out more!

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JAAN Restaurant at 50% discount!

It’s no secret that I love dining at fine-dining restaurants, I love the effort the chef displays in every dish that is presented, I love the attentive service and ambience, I love how the 3 hour meal feels like a long luxurious session perfect for catching up with the Partner. I what I do hate though, is the bill after the meal! Sometimes it’s expensive enough to shock you into indigestion straight away!

But now, with the Amex Platinum Card, you can enjoy up to 50% discount when you dine at many of Singapore’s illustrious restaurants. Take for example our visit to JAAN at Swissotel, the bill was a whopping $400+, but with the Amex Platinum Card, we only paid half the price. Smile

Jaan - 55' Rosemary smoked organic egg with ratte potato, chorizo iberico, buckwheat (2)



Here’s what the American Express Platinum Card offers you
  • A complimentary Palate membership* worth S$457.96 (incl. GST)
    • Get up to 50% savings on food orders* at some of the best restaurants in Singapore
    • Enjoy 15% savings on drinks* at some of the island’s trendiest bars.
  • A complimentary The Far Card Classic Membership worth S$425 (incl. GST)
    • Enjoy year-round savings of up to 50% on dining for unlimited visits at your choice of 11 restaurants at Fairmont Singapore, Swissôtel the Stamford Singapore, Equinox Complex and Swissôtel Merchant Court.
    • Revel in the accommodation benefits by free room upgrades and special room rates
    • Enjoy 15% off a la carte bookings of spa treatments from Mondays to Fridays at Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Singapore and Spa & Sport at Swissôtel Merchant Court
  • American Express Selects® – Enjoy up to 50% savings* with American Express Selects at a wide selection of restaurants in Singapore and around the world.

And that’s just the dining privileges! There are also movie discounts, spa discounts, golfing and shopping privileges!

Lucky Draw Promotion (exclusively for Platinum Card Members): From now till 9 Nov 2014, you can also be one of the 5 lucky winners every day to win S$100 worth of dining vouchers (TungLok dining vouchers for Monday to Saturday draws and Fairmont dining vouchers for Sunday draws). Every receipt above S$50 earns you one chance to win.  Enjoy double the chances when you spend S$50 or more in a single receipt at any The Far Card or Palate establishment.


Anyway, the proof is in the eating so let’s get down to the experience we had at JAAN. JAAN is a lovely restaurant helmed by Chef Julien Royer. Being on the top floor of the Swissotel, it’s a really nice place to have a romantic dinner or an important birthday celebration. Derived from the ancient Sanskrit word for ‘bowl’, JAAN is an intimate, 40-seat restaurant dedicated to showcasing the finest in Artisanal French cuisine in Singapore.

Jaan - Cantal and Walnut Cracker, Black sesame sponge with Smoked Eel, Beetroot macaron

Cantal and Walnut Cracker, Black sesame sponge with Smoked Eel, Beetroot macaron

The Amuse bouche, or several of them to be exact, to kick start the meal. Absolutely loved those cheese crackers and mini macarons.

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Corner House at the Singapore Botanic Gardens

Corner House, the restaurant that has taken over the previous Au Jardin’s location, is finally open! As much as I was sad to see Les Amis’ Au Jardin go, I am happy to report that the colonial building that sites Corner House will once again be bustling with diners.

I was fortunate to be able to partake in Corner House’s grand opening due to a last minute turn of events. Hadn’t even brought my bag along with me actually! Nor my usual trusty DSLR. These pictures are all taken with my iPhone 4!!

Corner House at Singapore Botanic Gardens

This conservation building, the residence of the former assistant director E.J.H. Corner of the Singapore Botanic Gardens now houses the Corner House restaurant. While we won’t have the luxury of living in this building like E.J.H Corner, wouldn’t you agree that dining in this history steeped building amidst lush greenery might be the next best thing? You will be able to see some black and white photos of this former residence hung around the restaurant.

Corner House serves fine-dining French cuisine with strong elements of gastro-botanica. You will see that the the herbs and vegetables that make up your meal are given equal emphasis as with the meats and seafood.

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Lewin Terrace

Lewin Terrace, located on Fort Canning Hill, is one of those fine-dining restaurants that boasts a very historic location but yet is a mere stone’s throw away from the city centre. Surprise surprise, it is but a 10 minute walk from City Hall MRT station!

Admittedly, finding it may be a bit of a problem, but if you know to stop your taxi just before the Philatelic museum, the stairs leading to the black and white conservation building which houses Lewin Terrace is just behind the museum and the fire station! Thankfully, I am familiar with this area, having worked in the vicinity for several years. I’ve never found it a problem to get here, even on my 1st day of work, because I know my museums well! Smile

Lewin Terrace

This is the beautiful Lewin Terrace bungalow that greets you after you have ascended the stairs. This was the former residence of the Chief who headed the Central Fire Station on Hill Street. You might vaguely recall that the restaurant Flutes used to occupy this building previously. Here’s a good spot to take all those selfies, if you manage to arrive before nightfall. But be careful because you might find a friendly face popping out of the veranda to welcome you warmly with a “HELLO!” just as you are admiring yourself in your iPhone, as was what happened to me.

Daisuke Kawai

The friendly face and voice belongs to none other than Mr Daisuke Kawai himself, the general manager and chief sommelier of Lewin Terrace. You can tell he’s a friendly person right? Smile The Japanese are ever so polite and eager to ensure you have a good time, you know you are in good hands when it comes to service standards. Beneath his unassuming exterior, Daisuke boasts an arsenal of sommelier awards, including Top Wines Best Sommelier of the Year in the Singapore World Gourmet Series Awards of Excellence 2013.

Lewin Terrace - (2)

We had a sampling of the tasting menu available at Lewin Terrace, prepared by Chef de Cuisine Ryoichi Kano and team. Chef Ryoichi loves experimenting with different foods, spices and tastes, which is evident in the French Japanese inspired cuisine that you will find at Lewin Terrace.

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