Azur at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport
I did a feature of the Crowne Plaza's Afternoon Tea two weeks ago. This round, I had the opportunity to visit Azur @ Crowne Plaza Changi Airport for a taste of their dinner buffet. With many dining options in Changi Airport, it is not a surprise that many hotel guests opt to head out for their dinner.
Azur features an International Buffet selection during dinner hours with an extensive range of both Asian and Western cuisine such as seafood on ice with crayfish, flower crabs, mussels, shellfish, prawns and sea snails.
There is even a sashimi counter with a range of sushi selection with Unagi Nigiri, Tamago Nigiri, and my favorite California makimono.
The buffet selection is neatly presented with two separate rows of freshly cooked food, the row on the left features the western cuisines whereas the row on the right features a selection of Asian delights.
There is a live noodle station with fresh garden greens and with a choice of local noodles. During this period, there is a special feature of mala (literally translated as Numb and Spicy) dishes such as fish slices, peel prawns and lotus roots with fresh frogs.
There are also other local features such as fried Hokkien noodles and sesame oil braised chicken.
The western spread was comparable with the Asian cuisine, such as beef carving station, ala minute made to order tacos, roasted chicken with gravy, butterfish with lemon butter sauce, braised beef with carrots and tomato pasta.
On top of the above features, there is also a cheese platter, garden salad bar, cold cuts of select ham and salami.
Now down to the taste test, I found the spread to be average, it could have been better but it would have been all worth it provided that the quality is up there. The seafood on ice had hit and misses, the prawns and clams were great, sweet and juicy, cant say the same for the crayfish which was stale and dry.
The sashimi and sushi were average.
I was so looking forward to the mala dishes, they were aromatic. The fish, frogs, and prawns were succulent and delicious however I felt that there was a slight lack of spicy and savory punch.
The highlight of the day had to be the roast beef and the butterfish, they were tender, succulent and just very well executed. I even had to return for 2 servings!
The desserts had a nice range of local items such as steamed glutinous rice with gula melaka and grated coconut, milk chocolate fondue with fresh tropical fruits, doughnuts, waffles, pandan tart, an assortment of cakes and my personal favorite, the white chocolate mousse with wild berries coulis which was also featured during afternoon tea.
It was an enjoyable dinner buffet, definitely not the best but it was something which I would give thoughts to try when I am in the area. I love the thoughts taken into ensuring that the spread is well balanced however I felt that more could be done to improve the ambiance of the dining area. I felt that the lighting is too dark and cool to my liking but I do appreciate the spacious seating arrangements.
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