Summer Staycation at Raffles Hotel Singapore - Part 2 of 2 - Alvinology

Summer Staycation at Raffles Hotel Singapore – Part 2 of 2

This blog post will be about the food in Raffles Hotel Singapore. A word of advice – do not read this blog post with an empty stomach!

In just 3D2N, we tried out the following dining options within Raffles Hotel:

Dinner at Raffles Courtyard – alfresco restaurant serving fresh Italian salads, pizzas, pasta and gelato:

Raffles Courtyard
Raffles Courtyard
Mozilla cheese with tomato
Mozilla cheese with tomato
Salad
Salad
Carpaccio (raw beef)
Carpaccio (raw beef)
Pasta
Pasta
Pizza one
Pizza one
Pizza two
Pizza two
Lasagna
Lasagna

Night drink at Long Bar – serves the legendary Singapore Sling and other creative concoctions:

Long Bar
Long Bar
Love the rattan fans on the ceiling
Love the rattan fans on the ceiling
Bottles of liquor and juices for the bartender to mix drinks for us
Bottles of liquor and juices for the bartender to mix drinks for us
Peanuts at every table
Peanuts at every table
Guests are suppose to throw the peanut shells on the floor, following tradition in the bar
Guests are suppose to throw the peanut shells on the floor, following tradition in the bar
The different coloured drinks are named after different countries in Asia from Cambodia to the Philippines
The different coloured drinks are named after different countries in Asia from Cambodia to the Philippines
Series of five drinks
Series of five drinks
Long Bar bartender doing a demo
Long Bar bartender doing a demo
Mixing
Mixing
Six different cocktails
Six different cocktails
The kids get to mix juices
The kids get to mix juices
Rachel and I enjoying a Singapore Sling each
Rachel and I enjoying a Singapore Sling each

Breakfast at Tiffin Room:

Tiffin room
Tiffin room
Dim sum
Dim sum
A la carte menu
A la carte menu
My order
My order
Bread and pastry selection
Bread and pastry selection
Belgian waffle served with honey and berries
Belgian waffle served with honey and berries
Sautéed mushrooms
Sautéed mushrooms
Egg benedict with Hollandaise sauce
Egg benedict with Hollandaise sauce
It was very pleasant to have breakfast in a set-up like this
It was very pleasant to have breakfast in a set-up like this

Lunch at Tiffin Room – North Indian curry buffets:

Indian buffet selection
Indian buffet selection
Indian desserts
Indian desserts
Large variety of curry dishes
Large variety of curry dishes
Papadum with a variety of sauces - I love this
Papadum with a variety of sauces – I love this

Dinner at Empire Café – serves Singapore hawker fares:

The restaurant is joined with a bakery
The restaurant is joined with a bakery
Coffeeshop setting
Coffeeshop setting
A walk into the past?
A walk into the past?
Pastry and brea section in the adjoining bakery
Pastry and brea section in the adjoining bakery
Asher enjoying his soy bean milk
Asher enjoying his soy bean milk
Green dumpling
Green dumpling
Siew mai
Siew mai
Fried spring rolls
Fried spring rolls
Laksa
Laksa
Crab fried rice
Crab fried rice
Gula Melaka
Gula Melaka

Brunch at Bar & Billiard Room – buffet featuring an international spread and seafood:

Sunday brunch at the Billard & Bar Room
Sunday brunch at the Bar & Billard Room
Asher is ready for brunch
Asher is ready for brunch
Free flow of oysters
Free flow of oysters
Many different varieties to choose from
Many different varieties to choose from
Freshly baked breads
Freshly baked breads
Ribs and meat section
Ribs and meat section
Fancy a slice?
Fancy a slice?
Beef tenderloin
Beef tenderloin
Fruits and desserts
Fruits and desserts
Asher made a new friend
Asher made a new friend
Seafood goodness
Seafood goodness
Roast platter
Roast platter

Overall verdict: Excellent! You cannot get enough of good food. The buffet brunch with it’s wide spread of international cuisine and seafood is definitely a hit with Singaporean foodies, used to variety.

The Empire Café will not be too relevant for Singapore diners. It serves a good selection of local hawker fare in the comfort of an air-con environment with attentive waitstaff and decor maintained to look like a coffeeshop from olden Singapore. Foreigners will find it interesting, but Singaporeans will probably find the prices too steep compared to what they can get from regular hawker centres.

Rachel and I enjoyed ourselves at Long Bar the most. We indulged ourselves in the guilty pleasure of tossing peanut shells casually on the floor and leaving a whole lot of mess in following with the tradition at the bar. It feels great to be sipping Singapore Slings at the very place where it was first concocted – fyi, the cocktail was developed sometime before 1915 by Ngiam Tong Boon, a Hainanese bartender working at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel Singapore.

Back then, it was not “lady-like” for females to be seen drinking hard liquor in public. The fruit punch appearance of the Singapore Sling makes it an ideal disguise for ladies to consume alcohol in public without appearing too vulgar.

I am not much of a drinker, but I would highly recommend guests at Raffles Hotel to visit the Long Bar, order a Singapore Sling, sit back, relax, crack some peanuts and enjoy the live band performances there, letting yourself teleport back into colonial Singapore. 🙂

To see more photos taken during my Raffles Hotel Summer Staycation, visit my public facebook album here. 

To read all my blog posts on Raffles Hotel, click here. 

About Raffles Hotel Singapore

There are a few hotels in the world whose names have become virtually synonymous with the cities in which they are located – and none more so than Raffles in Singapore.

Named after Sir Stamford Raffles, founder of Singapore, Raffles Hotel opened in 1887 and soon became the haunt of intrepid travellers from around the world. Regular guests included Noel Coward, Joseph Conrad and Somerset Maugham, who describe the hotel as embodying “all the fables of the exotic East.” Through their stories, The Long Bar, the Palm Court and the Bar & Billiard Room with its tiger, became familiar to people who had never even been to Singapore.

While preserving its atmospheric teak verandahs, gleaming white colonial facade and magnificent Gieves & Hawkes-clad doormen, Raffles is very much part of the modern, vibrant city of Singapore. It is now the proud flagship of the nine strong Raffles Hotel & Resorts.

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