With more and more people hitting the snooze button—or simply making away with the alarm—on the weekends, it’s no surprise an increasing number of restaurants have/has turned to offering weekend brunch. One of the most recent to hop on the bandwagon is Azur, with a new weekend brunch menu offering a selection of local favourites, as well as international fare with an Asian touch.
Walking through the uniquely designed link bridge from Changi Terminal 3 to the Crowne Plaza hotel lobby, it almost seemed like I’d left Singapore and was checking into an overseas hotel. The air was completely different; there weren’t any crazy kids running amok, or families simply whiling away their weekend. It was a secret sanctuary I’d wished someone had spilled the beans about earlier.
The buffet spread stretches more than half of the restaurant, with international and fusion dishes—like Roasted Leg of Lamb and Peking Duck Crepes—along with meticulously arranged, fresh seafood on one side, and a whole array of local delights—like Laksa, Hainanese Chicken Rice and Rojak—on the other, punctuated with a hodgepodge of desserts.
I thought the buffet layout was done very smartly. It clearly differentiated to people visiting Singapore the type of cuisine and dishes one can expect here, and had cleverly distanced the strong local smells and spices from the international area.
With Popiah being dime a dozen in Singapore, it’s not easy to cook up an interesting variation. Azur’s take on the Chinese spring roll included savoury dried pork floss, which never fails to send my taste buds right back to the festive CNY season, and tiny fried batter bits that reminded me of Rice Krispies. I personally felt the addition of the crisp ‘cereal’ was genius in combating the ‘wet’ taste popiahs sometimes possess, because of the steamed turnip.
If there’s one thing that Head Chef Alvin Leong is doing right, it is chicken. I have no idea what sort of mad exercise routines these poultry have been put through, or how many masseurs have been hired to knead their muscles, but the chicken dishes were just amazingly tender and moist!
The Roasted Chicken with Pan Jus was nicely seasoned and came with a thick, delicious gravy; the Chicken Malai Kebab was so well marinated and executed, I would even describe the meat as ‘creamy’. For someone who usually prefers red meat, I was impressed indeed.
One of my favourite choices for breakfast is toast with Kaya and butter. Having been to many buffets, some of which boast their selection of Singaporean delights, it is actually not common to have Kaya available as one of their condiments for bread. It may be a small detail, but it does point out which restaurants go the extra mile.
As with most buffets, the dessert section stretches to offer something for everyone, though I felt it was close to being stretched too thin on this occasion; hits and misses for the petite desserts; of the cakes, I enjoyed the Lychee Mirror, which was rich and moist; the Lemon Grass Dessert was refreshing and light, but nothing spectacular; but the free-flow Häagen–Dazs ice cream makes up for everything.
Six&Seven has a treat for all loyal readers! Simply quote “SIX&SEVEN – BRUNCH OFF” when making a reservation, or at the counter upon walk-in, at Azur to enjoy 15% off the total bill* and one free round of soft drinks for their new Changi Brunch. Promotion is valid from 3 March – 25 March 2012.
*The promotion is not valid with other discounts or promotions. Credit card discounts are not applicable with this promotion.
Weekend Changi Brunch
Available every Saturday and Sunday, 12.30pm – 3.30pm
Adult: S$45++, Child: $22.50++
Crowne Plaza Hotel
(Next to Changi Airport Terminal 3)
75 Airport Boulevard
Tel: +65 6823 5354 | Website