A hearty grill section and indulgent sweet treats spice up Aerin’s Café & Espresso Bar menu.
Contributed By Yong Yung Shin
Bathed in cheery sunlight streaming in from the glass panels overhead, Aerin’s Café & Espresso Bar has perhaps the best lot at Raffles City’s basement level. Recently, it underwent an overhaul, playing its choice location to advantage with luxuriant green planter hedges and chic, minimalist furnishings.
The refurbishment extends to the European-themed menu itself, with a new lava rock grill section comprising hearty meat dishes such as the Surf & Turf (S$28), a two-in-one dish of fall-off-the-bones beef short ribs (some of the best we’ve tried lately) and salmon fillet, as well as the Cajun Chicken Thigh With Rosemary Sauce (S$18). The Lamb Shish Kebabs (S$20), which can tend to be dry and overcooked sometimes, was well- executed here, being moist and flavorful. Each grilled order comes with two complimentary sides such as the garlic butter pilaf and ratatouille stew.
Stand-out desserts include the new Banana & Salted Caramel (S$6), a subtly sweet mousse-like sort of cake that sits atop a thin, nutty brown crust akin to nougatine, and the Aerin’s Apple Pie (S$12)—the stuff of old-fashioned delights featuring baked granny smith apples, rhubarb and raisins served under a golden crust of puff pastry and a scoop of vanilla bean ice-cream on the side.
It goes really well with a latte or a cappuccino—Aerin’s is run by the same people from Oriole Café & Bar, so you can be sure the coffee here’s good.
Check out its one-for-one lunch pasta deals (Mon to Sun from 11:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.) and 1-for-1 set dinners (Sat to Thurs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
Aerin’s Café & Espresso Bar
252 North Bridge Road,
Raffles City Shopping Centre
+65 6337 2231