If you are having trouble finding an appropriate place to treat your loved ones during the upcoming festive season, you should take a look at PAZZION Café located at Jewel Changi Airport (#B1-243).
When I was there at the grand opening of the contemporary lifestyle café earlier this year, I took the chance to sample a number of the signature dishes. I was reasonably impressed and was really glad when I was invited to a proper tasting session for the launch of their new dishes that coincide with the upcoming festive season.
The new menu items served during the tasting session didn’t disappoint. First up was the Super Quinoa Bowl ($18). Diners who are health conscious and eating clean, will love this. The quinoa, smoked salmon, roasted pumpkin, avocado with Sumac (a special middle eastern spice), sautéed kale and sliced cucumber all went really well with the sweet savoury roasted sesame sauce.
We were told that the unassuming Asian Spice Chicken ($20) was inspired by the Hainanese Chicken Rice. But I think the condiment – a chicken rice style chilli, was the only resemblance to the national dish. It was really tasty nonetheless and was my favourite dish of the day. I felt that the chicken had an interesting smokey flavour, which was further enhanced by the accompanying citrusy chilli sauce and quinoa.
The Grilled Harissa Chicken ($22) was a crowd favourite at the table during the tasting. The chicken was well-marinated in spices. The hummus, Ottoman Empire dip Tzatziki and pita bread all came together with the chicken to make this a well-executed dish.
Beef lovers would definitely appreciate the Braised Beef Cheek ($24). The texture of the meat while tender, still had a nice bounce to it. The flavour of the beef was intense without being gamey. The mashed potatoes flavoured with truffle was a nice touch for a truffle lover like me.
I hate overcooked fish and the kitchen definitely got it right with this dish, Barramundi with Assam Curry ($24). The tangy curry went well with the multi-grain rice that was served on the side but I do wish the curry could have been spicier and the flavour a little more intense.
The first Christmas drink PAZZION Café came up with was the White Peach Sparkle ($6.50 with any mains or $8.50 Ala Carte) served with Rosemary and a candy cane, to give it a festive touch.
French Earl Grey was infused with milk for 16 hours and then mixed with soda water and peach syrup to make an ultra-refreshing drink. Strangely, despite being infused for so many hours, the French Earl Grey note was rather faint, possibly overwhelmed by the peach syrup. Having said that, the drink paired really well with all the grilled and spicy dishes served on that day.
The others at my table dunked the candy cane into the drink towards the end and the translucent white drink became a pretty pastel pink and had a minty aftertaste to it, which we all liked.
We rounded off the session with the PAZZION Cheese Platter ($26). I was told that the cheeses featured in the platter would be changed frequently, so the cheeses served on one day may not be the same on another.
PAZZION Café will be opened throughout the festive season – including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year Day – from 9am to 10pm daily making it the perfect place to dine and also shop the PAZZION Christmas 2019 Collection: Holiday Sparkle (prices range from between $73 to $89).
The Holiday Sparkle is the grand finale to the brand’s Autumn/Winter 2019 Collection. As the name suggests, there would be shades of gold, silver, deep wine reds, midnight blues and of course glitter!