Tiffin Room, Raffles, Singapore

Tiffin Room, Raffles, Singapore

tiffin room, curry buffet lunch
Raffles Hotel Singapore

Tiffin Room, Raffles Singapore

To encounter an elegant slice of Singapore’s colonial
heritage, Tiffin Room at Raffles should be on your “essential to-visit” list. Well
noted for its fine service, graceful ambience and generous spread of Asian and international
cuisines, it’s fashionable amongst tourists and local society alike.
A grand white room is appointed with dark wood furnishings,
neutral carpets and upholstery and, floor to ceiling French doors. Tables are
classically dressed with ivory linens, silverware and fine China. Vases of
freshly cut flowers brighten the space and antique chandeliers and fans drop down
from the high ceiling. Gracious wait staff, dressed in collarless suits,
complete the historic tenor.
raffles hotel singapore
Tiffin Room
Finding afternoon tea fully booked on the weekend of our
arrival, we choose to sample the lunch curry buffet instead. Northern India has
a clear influence on the offerings and I’m particularly happy to find abundant vegetarian
dishes in the line-up too. The spread is divided into salads, condiments, soup,
hot appetizers, main courses, vegetarian curries, rice and, hot, cold and dry
desserts.
Tiffin Room, Raffles, Singapore
Curry Buffet
From the salads sections I can’t resist the Beetroot Coconut
Ka Salad. Shredded coconut is mixed with petite chunks of beetroot and seasoned
with curry leaves. The Aloo Channa Salad with potatoes and chickpeas is a
lightly spicy mix that’s just as pleasing.
Tiffin Room, Raffles, Singapore
Salads
Tiffin Room, Raffles, Singapore
Beetroot Coconut Ka Salad
Tiffin Room, Raffles, Singapore
Sweet Potato with Chickpeas and Spices
Tiffin Room, Raffles, Singapore
Beans Aur Bhutey Ka Salad
Colourful condiments perk up the buffet like small tubs of
paint. Mango Dressing is my first pick made from mango puree, mustard, pink
peppercorns and olive oil.  The Tamarind
Sauce mixed with jaggery and spices, and the Coconut Chutney given heat with
green chilli, mustard seeds and curry leaves, are hits too.
Tiffin Room, Raffles, Singapore
Deep Fried Potato Puffs
The soup of the day is Mulligatawny featuring yellow lentils
with curry leaves. Coconut gives it a creamy finish and balances out the
spices, while the lentils thicken the broth a touch.
Tiffin Room, Raffles, Singapore
Indian Wine – Grover Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc – a pleasant surprise!
Hubby gaily grabs the Afgani Murgh Tikka from the hot
appetizer section. Tandoori chicken is coated in cumin, yoghurt and a blend of
seasonings. It’s moist within and the flavours prove a delicate balance.
Tiffin Room, Raffles, Singapore
Afgani Murgh Tikka – Tandoori cooked chicken with royal cumin, yoghurt and spices
The main courses see chicken, lamb, fish and prawns soaked
in a variety of curries. Hubby piles his plate with the Chicken Makhanwala. The
poultry is juicy and tender and the red sauce coating it a rich blend of
tomato, butter and fenugreek. I agree, it’s worthy of seconds and particularly
well-suited to lapping up with the hot naan bread that arrives to our table
direct from the tandoor oven.
Tiffin Room, Raffles, Singapore
Vegetarian Curries
I’m making a conscious effort however to eat less meat so am
highly enthused by the six different vegetarian curries on the buffet. Palak
Paneer has been a long time favourite so a giant spoonful of spinach and
cottage cheese cooked with onion and garlic is the first to hit my plate. I’m
unfamiliar with Dal Makhani but am intrigued by the black lentils simmered with
tomato, butter and cream and so that is scooped up too. Khate Methe Baigan
sounds delightful with its eggplant base seasoned with onions and a tamarind
sauce. I’m not disappointed and too return for seconds.
Tiffin Room, Raffles, Singapore
Eggplant with Onion and Tamarind Sauce
Tiffin Room, Raffles, Singapore
Mixed Vegetable Curry
Rice or naan is available for soaking up wonderful gravies.
Steamed rice might be the healthier option but I enjoy the Saffron Pulao
featuring Indian Basmati rice with saffron, while hubby continues on his meat
spree and takes the Ghost Biryani sprinkled with lamb and mint.
Tiffin Room, Raffles, Singapore
Basmati Rice and Chicken
Tiffin Room, Raffles, Singapore
Naan – served to the table
Even though we’re pleasantly stuffed there’s always room for
a sweet ending. I predict hubby’s choices before he has even visited the
buffet. Gulab Jamun (fried milk dumpling with saffron sugar syrup), Chawal Ka
Kheer (rice pudding) and Sahi Tukra (bread pudding with reduced milk). All
three leave him smiling from ear to ear. For me it’s the Kaju Burfee (cashew
nut candy) and the Milk Peda (dense milky confectionary) that provide a sweet
finish.
Tiffin Room, Raffles, Singapore
Dessert Table
Tiffin Room, Raffles, Singapore
Karachi Halwa – Corn Flour with Almonds, Sugar and Dried Fruits
Tiffin Room, Raffles, Singapore
Kaju Burfee – Cashew Nut Candy
Service is infallible, ambience elegant and food excellent. We’d
both delight in a return visit.
The curry buffet lunch is priced at SGD60++ for adults and
SGD35++ for children.
Reasons to visit: delightfully
charming colonial setting; pleasant service; quality selection of Northern
Indian cuisine; don’t miss the Beetroot Coconut Ka Salad and, Chicken
Makhanwala.
Tiffin Room
Raffles Singapore
1 Beach Road
Singapore 189673
+65 6412 1816
Northern Indian buffet, afternoon teas and international
breakfast
Dress Code: Smart casual – gentlemen should wear collared
shirts, long trousers and covered shoes. Appropriate attire for ladies are
dresses, skirts, dress shorts or trousers with closed shoes or sandals.
Breakfast: 6:30am – 10:30am
Buffet Lunch: 12 noon – 2pm
High Tea: 3pm to 5:30pm (reservations essential)
Buffet Dinner: 7pm – 10pm
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8 Comments

  1. Ooooo…Raffles! A class above the rest!

  2. that's a pretty fair price for the food and such a beautiful place!

  3. Very nice place indeed!

  4. S$60? That's actually quite reasonable.
    I love peshwari naan 🙂
    Do they have that there? :))
    Of course, what a silly question! Ha~

  5. gorgeous ambiance, and the selection is unexpectedly inventive … i like the idea of combining beetroot with coconut 🙂

  6. I heard a lot of this historical hotel and we are certainly going to visit it in November.

    Greetings,
    Filip

  7. Those salads look inspiring!

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