Cuisine: Indian buffet lunch and dinner.
Visit: October 2012
Price: Medium (eat as much as you can for one price S$60 -S$75 as an adult, drinks are extra).
The fresh colonial interior at Tiffin Room
Food: Authentic, mildly spicy and vegetarian-friendly. As one of the oldest dining establishments in Singapore, the Tiffin Room keeps up its standard high serving daily breakfast, North-Indian specialities including curries and light mid-day meals, afternoon tea as well as dinner. The buffet has an excellent selection of vegetarian dishes, curries and authentic Indian desserts. The only drawback is that the liquid nature of curries makes it impossible to blend more than two of them at one plate, so you must visit the buffet in a couple of rounds if you want to try all what is on offer. It is fun though – one feels almost like a racer passing his dining competitor on his/her way from the table to the bars layered with food.
Indian curry buffet
The highlights are the crisp and fresh Papadum bread, Kashmiri Style Lamb curry (Ghost Roganjosh), Black Lentil cooked with tomato butter (Dal Makhani) and tender, in tandoor cooked, Lamb kebabs with cheese and saffron (Gilafi Seekh Kebab). The curries are not too spicy so even those of you preferring mild flavours will find their favourites. From the deserts the crisp sugar and gram flour-based Soan Papdi and the lightly sweet Semolina pudding (Suzhi Halwa) are worth trying, although most of the desserts are great and not too sugary. The buffet is being changed seasonally to keep up with fresh ingredients.
Soan Papdi: sugar with gram flour
Drinks: The wines are chosen to complement the Indian cuisine. The sommelier has done a great job. Select one of the wines-by-the-glass (Pinot Gris, Rieslings from Alsace) or just have a cup of milky and spicy Indian masala tea if you want to have a healthier meal.
Atmosphere: Dress code is smart casual. The glorious times in the hotel’s history are reflected in the elegant fresh white decor with garden and fountain views. The friendly white-dressed staff is impeccable and the sommelier knows very well which wines go best with the Indian fare at the restaurant.
Fountain view: the old meets modern
Opening hours:
Breakfast (S$45++ Adult / S$28++ Child) Daily – 7.00 am to 10.30 am
Buffet Lunch (S$60++ Adult / S$35++ Child) Monday to Sunday – 12.00 noon to 2.00 pm
High Tea (S$58++ Adult / S$30.50++ Child) Daily – 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm
Buffet Dinner (S$75++ Adult / S$40++ Child) Daily – 7.00 pm to 10.00 pm
Contact: Tel: +(65) 6412 1816 ; Email:
Address: Raffles Hotel Singapore, 1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673