Buffets don’t get any more refined and distinguished than they do at the Bar & Billiard Room
For a taste of tradition and history, there is no better place to hit than the charming Bar & Billiard Room. Sharing the same roof as one of Singapore’s most illustrious establishments—the Raffles Hotel, you can expect a dining experience quite unlike any other here. In my opinion, the international buffet line (S$58++ for lunch, S$72++ for dinner) at the Bar & Billiard Room is, pardon the hyperbole, many classes above just about any other buffet in Singapore.
The first thing that struck me was the ambience; it was almost as though we had stepped back in time! The restaurant retains the classy, colonial essence of 1887, the year during which both the hotel and the restaurant were built. The entire restaurant, with its masculine yet subtle wood furniture and panelling, as well as gleaming brass fittings, sets the scene for a meal to remember—coupled with the presentation of the food, the whole set up is reminiscent of British bourgeois and geniality.
The quality of the food is top notch, which many other buffet lines are sorely lacking these days. The key to maintaining quality is not in having an overwhelming selection of dishes, but maintaining focus on a tightly selected menu, and this is the principle based on which Bar & Billiard Room executes its modus operandi.
The cold cuts are excellent and well chosen. Perfectly shaven, one has the option of complementing the cuts with Dijon mustard and pickles. Seafood lovers will also be satiated with the spread of fresh tiger prawns, oysters and mussels, among others.
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And let’s not forget some of the other offerings that set Bar & Billiard Room apart from most other hotel buffets. I can still remember the taste of the black cod in silky white sauce, which is done to perfection here. The roast beef is tender, well complemented with a refreshing mint jelly. The various pastas available are al dente, and what’s more, the chefs will whip up for you a dish according to your heart’s desires.
Speaking of hearts’ desires, ladies, you may just find yourself in heaven or hell, depending on how much willpower you have. I say forget willpower, and indulge in the delectable desserts available at the dessert counter. Their signature bread pudding is a must try, alongside a tempting line-up of sweet treats.
The final word? I love this place! Every buffet fan worth his expandable girth has to come and try it for himself, it is truly quality in every way. What more, you are dining with history; now that is priceless!
Bar & Billiard Room
Raffles Hotel Singapore
1 Beach Road
+65 6412 1816