Spoiler Alert! Mama Has Smashing Time, Spills Beans
So have you heard: the 21st century is about sharing? We share couches, we share rides, we share music, work desks, meals, photos of meals – few things in our lives can stay unshared or unknown for long. In this age of social media, crowdsourcing, and big data, all can be known. Information can be perfect.
Except – who has been keeping Zafferano to their miserly selves? Why has no one grabbed me and hissed, “Come! You’re going to love this place I found”? But I refuse to let those-who-wish-to-keep-a-good-thing-to-themselves keep it, in fact, to themselves. Therefore, I say now to you, “Come! You’re going to love this place I found!”
“This place” is the land of saffron and olive oil, a delicious slice of Italy perched at the top of Ocean Financial Building. Zafferano’s restaurant and terrace bar may be on the rooftop, but they have, very considerately, built a bar on the ground floor as well. Z Bar is part marker and part way station, for the fortification of those who have had it and must absolutely have a drink Right Now for mercy’s sake. You know who you are.
Once fortified, please proceed to the 43rd floor, where your view awaits you. On the terrace, watch the sun set on the glittering ship of the Sands while you set to work on the drinks menu. Signature cocktails include the Prima Signora (vodka, lemon juice, passion fruit, peach puree) and the 1st Class Pimp (Pimm’s, ginger liquer, club soda, berries and cucumber).
As a bonus, from Monday to Saturday, some drinks (Peroni, selected martinis, 1-for-1 prosecco and housewine) are available at $8 nett from 5.30pm onwards. And, as if THAT is not enough, every Thursday is Ladies Night, when Prosecco flows freely (5.30 to 8.30pm, $20 nett) for all mamas who work hard and play hard.
For mamas who have had enough of IKEA plastic ware, alphabet pasta and PBJ sandwiches, here is an oasis yet – of silverware, seared scallops and adult conversation. Head Chef Marco Guccio is young, but he has already been sous chef at Il Lido and Otto Ristorante, as well as head chef at Garibaldi and Alkaff Mansion. Chef Marco is deeply influenced by the cooking of his grandmother who, apparently even now, grinds her own flour (take note, sassy nanas!) to make pasta.
Away from the bacchanalian deck, in the convivial restaurant, it was time to give our waiting plates the full attention they deserved. Starters were Pan-seared Hokkaido scallops with limpid translucent hearts, wreathed in the fragrant earthiness of sautéed mushrooms. The Agnolotti with oxtail, celeriac puree and toasted pistachio was a justifiably popular dish – bite into one and the delicate flavour and yielding texture of oxtail well up in your mouth.
Spectacular were the char-grilled beef short ribs. These short ribs could stand up to nothing, crumbling into delicious slivers at the most innocuous touch from the fork. The taste was superb – crisp smoky char on the outside, melting and velvety on the inside. The pairing of the 2012 Nittardi, A.D. Astra for this dish was just as inspired.
Zafferano is a great place for a night out with the girls, a nice dinner with the pardner — also a good place to dine a client, friends from out of town or the in-laws (the view!). What’s that? Ah, no need to thank me, a Prima Signora would square our accounts when next you see me on the 43rd.
Take note, mamas! Zafferano will be putting on an Easter Brunch on Saturday 4 April (11.30am – 2.30pm, $78/$98/$118. For menu details please visit their website). Quote “SassyMama Zafferano” when you book to enjoy 10% off.
Opening hours: Lunch Mon-Fri 11.30am-3pm; Dinner Mon-Wed 5.30-11.45pm, Thu-Sat 5.30pm-1am. Closed on Sundays.