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Summer Staycation at Raffles Hotel Singapore – Part 2 of 2

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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alvinology

Alvin is a marketer by day and blogger by night. He is a 100% geek who spends too much time surfing the web.

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