Have a Full-Filling Oktoberfest @ Azur, Crowne Plaza Hotel

Tucked away in the romantically-lit alleyway on the second level of the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hotel is an amazing, award-winning dining experience.

Azur has an extensive range of Asian and Western cuisines to cater to almost all of your taste buds. Whether you're looking for a relaxing ala carte meal or a sumptuous all-you-can-eat buffet, Azur will definitely be a good bet.

Stepping into this open concept restaurant, the first thing you will notice is the seemlessly endless variety of buffet foods stretching all the way back to the end of the restaurant. But we'll come back another time for the buffet, because today we are saving our stomachs for something even more special.

Since Oktoberfest is just around the corner, The master chefs from Azur have prepared a special Oktoberfest menu for everyone. What is Oktoberfest you say?

Well, Oktoberfest is an annual funfair that is held in Munich, Germany. In fact, it's the largest around. The main attraction of Oktoberfest is always lots and lots of awesome German food, such as Pork Knuckles, specialty hams and specialty breads. And of course, no Oktoberfest would be complete without beer! [Did you know that in the actual Oktoberfest in Germany, only beers with a minimum alcohol content of about 6% are allowed to be served? Them Germans really know how to have a good time!]

This festival has gotten so popular that other countries all around the world has adopted their own form of Oktoberfest as an excuse to eat lots of food and drink lots of beer!

Here in Singapore too, there will definitely be lots of Oktoberfest events jam-packed with food stalls and party-goers. However, if you're like me, and prefer a quiet, relaxing meal with the important ones over squeezing with half of the island's population in a small, confined space, head on down to Azur for a hearty, comfortable lunch or dinner!

For the 3 weekends from 19 Sept to 5 October 2014, Azur will be offering a special Oktoberfest themed weekend buffet from $58++ per pax for brunch and dinner.

Some of the dishes included in the Oktoberfest menu include:

This basket of Pretzel Rolls and Swiss Bread. Don't forget to spread some love and butter on those breads before munching down! The amazing thing about these breads is that they are so soft and easy to chew, not like some other breads that make you feel like you're biting into a biscuit instead. This was served along with...

This plate of Smoked Black Forest Ham. This was an interesting one. There were mixed reviews about this ham all around the table. This one may be an acquired taste, as the texture is quite chewy, or as someone else on the table termed it, "Plastic-iy". But personally I kinda liked it, because it was chewing on a very thin slice of chewy, fatty pork. [Almost the same feeling as chewing on the spicy cuttlefish roll]

Moving on was this plate of German Potato Salad. In my opinion, one of the best dishes that night! A perfect mix of greens, potato, mayo, bacon bits Gherkins and Chopped eggs! Yummy yummy in my tummy!

And what's Oktoberfest without lots of meat? Here we have the Oven Baked Classic Meatloaf, another one of my favourites for the night. Done just right, and together with the sauce tastes like heaven. Oh, and if you noticed, many Olafs were harmed in the making of this dish, as they all lost their noses. [A.k.a. The tiny carrots are really very cute!]

Bring us more meat! And more meat was served, with the Chouroute en Garnie with Mustard and Gravy. A fascinating mix of Pork Knuckle, Sausages and Bacon Slabs! This one is for the mean lovers!

Already getting full, but there was still more to come! Get the Bavarian Kaese Spaetzle with Emmental Cheese if you are afraid that you won't be full by the end of the day. Kaese Spaetzle is the German version of Mac & Cheese. Top it off with a generous serving of additional Emmental Cheesee, and you have a dish that can fill the deepest of stomachs. Even though there were 8 of us at the table, we couldn't even finish this innocently looking pot!

And to end the night off sweetly, we were treated to the Linzer Torte [the pie shaped tart] and Black Forest Trufle [sweetness in a cup] for desserts.

I'm pretty sure you can imagine how full everyone was at the end of the session. In fact, this was the only "food-tasting" session [more like sumptuous dinner session] where there were lots of food remaining on the table at the end of the night. We just couldn't finish all of it!

Of course, that is just a peek of what the actual buffet spread has to offer. Don't forget you still get to choose from lots of Western and Asian dishes, some made with a surprising twist from the norm, dreamt up by the creative chefs at Azur.

So head on down to Azur @ Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hotel Level 2 for a feast of German, Asian and Western cuisines. Just make sure to go down on a really empty stomach! Oh, and if you're not into German food, just head on down on a weekday for their Standard Buffet!

Azur Operating Hours:
Ala Carte

Ala Carte: 6.00am – 11.00pm (Daily)
All Day Menu: 6.00am – 10.30pm (Daily)


Buffet Breakfast: 6.00am – 10.30am (Mon - Fri), 6.00am - 11.00am (Sat and Sun)
Buffet Lunch: 12.00pm – 2.30pm (Fri)
Buffet Brunch: 12.30pm -3.30pm (Sat and Sun)
Buffet Dinner: 6.30pm – 10.30pm (Daily)

Azur is closed between 3.00pm – 6.00pm on weekdays.

Buffet Lunch is unavailable at Azur on Mondays. Ala carte set lunches are available.

And of course, Oktoberfest wouldn't be complete without some German beer! Cheers!