After having been to premium hotel buffets in many very nice restaurants around different parts of the world, I can say that the Saturday morning brunch at Raffles Hotel Bar & Billiard Room is one of the best around the world. I was especially impressed with the cheese station which included many very "fatty" cheeses that dripped all over my plate after they had soaked into the wonderful crusty breads that were provided at the next station. It was an incredibly difficult decision to pair a bread with a specific cheese and I, ultimately, made the decision to pile up the cheese and eat some breads separately.
The Welsh lamb was particularly good and the US Prime Rib was perfectly cooked. My friends were impressed with they Newfoundland oysters and the Maine lobster. I liked the cured meats as much as the fresh, but the Jamon Serrano seemed particularly distinct and flavorful on Saturday.
Desserts were accompanied by an explanation by the soux chef who had prepared them, who had fortunately been passing by. This added particularly to the brunch itself by getting some local Raffles knowledge about what was chosen, why it was chosen and how it was prepared. The chef was certainly well prepared for questions but seemed genuinely interested in sharing with the customers about her craft. She was particularly proud of the Earl Grey Tea infused cream and citrus tart served in an eggshell. After eating it, I can see why it was something she was proud of. It was excellent and if I had nothing else, that would have been a suitable finish to a wonderfully done premium buffet. We did, however, have coffee to finish off the brunch and I was served a very well drawn double espresso. I heard that the lattes and cappucinos were also very well prepared.
The location feels like a step back to a colonial period with the ambiance and the many rotating ceiling fans. The decor includes dark wood and adequate air conditioning but it certainly felt airy enough that it still felt open and as if all of the windows could have been ajar. The service was very profesional and quick to supply anything that was asked for. We found everyone to be pleasant and go out of their way to help serve the customers who were attending each station.
We will certainly be back for another brunch at the Bar & Billiard Room!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Raffles Singapore will be closed for renovation on 13 December 2017 with a planned reopening in the second half of 2018. Raffles Hotel is one of Singapore's most graceful landmarks. More legend than hotel, this luxury Singapore hotel celebrates a tradition of unwavering service excellence spanning more than 125 years.Immortalized in the novels of Somerset Maugham and Rudyard Kipling, Raffles Hotel, Singapore’s colonial-styled architecture and lush tropical gardens exude an atmosphere of timeless elegance. 5 restaurants and bars beckon, including the Bar & Billiard Room - new temporary home to the world renowned Singapore Sling; Tiffin Room, which continues the tradition of Afternoon Tea at Raffles and Raffles Grill, serving up the best Sunday Brunch in town. This luxurious Singapore hotel lies in the heart of the city, in close proximity to the banking and financial districts, Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre (SICEC), as well as leisure attractions including the casino at Marina Bay; the cultural sights of Arab Street and Chinatown and shopping at Raffles City shopping mall and Orchard Road shopping belt. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Singapore Raffles Hotel
- Raffles Singapore
- Raffles Hotel Singapore