Firstly let me start by saying this is not a review of Raffles Hotel in general, We didn't stay there but visited on a number of occasions and although we found it pricey it ranks as one of the "things to do in Singpapore" and so was well worth the cost. However, as a last night treat. - and as we couldn't get in to any of the better rated restaurants - we booked a table for two at the hotel's Royal China Restaurant. It was probably a bad sign that on our arrival this admittedly beautiful restaurant was almost empty on a very busy Friday night in Singapore.We ordered a selection from the menu including sesame prawn toast, rack of lamb, bbq selection, tempura king prawns, - we ordered noodles as well but were told we couldn't have them...not sure why???? The prawn toast arrived well ahead of everything else...tiny, tiny little pieces of toast, barely enough for a small bird. This was followed in no particular order by the prawns (ok) and bbq selection.. Not sure this had seen a bbq, but it was tasty enough, The rack of lamb was a massive let down..for $50 you got one...yes...one rib. Not exactly a rack eh? The rice didn;t turn up (despite frequent requests) for a further 15 minutes by which time everything else was cold!!!
We have never complained or refused to pay for food in a restaurant before but this was an absolute disgrace. The mangeress didn't dispute any of our complaints with us and we only paid for the little we had eaten...still $100 though!
We were so hungry after leaving there that we ended up in Maxwell Rd hawker centre eating satay and sticky rice for $9....fantastic!!!!
We wouldn't recommend anybody wastes their time and money in the Royal China there are far better places to eat in Singapore.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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:
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