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Empire Cafe

Raffles Hotel Singapore | 1 Beach Road, Singapore, Singapore (Downtown Core)
+65 6412-1101
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Ranked #1,183 of 7,135 restaurants in Singapore
Price range: $10 - $20
Neighborhood: Downtown Core
Description: The Empire Café is a casual, cozy cross between a modern hotel coffee house and an old-fashioned kopitiam. The ambience of Singapore’s cafes and coffee houses popular in the 1920s provide the setting for the Hotel’s casual dining restaurant. The eclectic blend of local dishes have found a devoted following among residents and visitors alike. These dishes are prepared by a team of highly specialised chefs who pride themselves on preserving Singapore’s culinary heritage.
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Neighborhood: Downtown Core
Description: The Empire Café is a casual, cozy cross between a modern hotel coffee house and an old-fashioned kopitiam. The ambience of Singapore’s cafes and coffee houses popular in the 1920s provide the setting for the Hotel’s casual dining restaurant. The eclectic blend of local dishes have found a devoted following among residents and visitors alike. These dishes are prepared by a team of highly specialised chefs who pride themselves on preserving Singapore’s culinary heritage.
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English first
Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Empire cafe Raffles - great for coffee and cake. Reasonably priced. Empire cafe Raffles - great for coffee and cake. Reasonably priced.

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Brisbane
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Went there for breakfast and would never go there again. The menu was a series of sets ie western set which allowed 2 croissants, orange juice and coffee, oriental set etc etc. The food was poor, I had the so called egg and bacon burger which was reheated in the microwave and lukewarm at best. It took forever to prepare,... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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292 restaurant reviews
375 helpful votes 375 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

This is one of our go-to restaurants for prata and hokkien noodles, among others. The prata is always freshly made, and comes with chicken curry. It is definitely more expensive than coffeeshops, but is well worth the visit. Do also try out desserts like ice kachang etc. They also have a small bakery tucked at the side, where you can... More

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Melbourne
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45 reviews 45 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

We didn't want to stray too far from our hotel, so decided after looking at all of Raffles restaurant menus, that this one looked perfect. Not too formal, but with some local delights on the menu that I considered a 'must have' whilst in Singapore. The café was quiet and we appeared to be the only patrons whilst we were... More

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Singapore
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79 reviews 79 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

nostalgic decor - traditional marble-top 'Singapore kopi-tiam' tables - fit the overall theme of Raffles Hotel - rich history. Quiet place for conversation. Unique style tasty 'ice desserts' - ice kachang and durian chendol - large serving. Excellent service - I was using discount voucher and service staff explained how I could maximise value of voucher. S$20 plus for local... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

My wife and I had a very long lunch at this restaurant on our last day in Singapore. She wanted roti and curry chicken and I wanted Singapore Chilli Crab. We were pondering attending one of the billion food markets and stalls around Singapore but decided to go to the Empire Cafe instead. We spent a good two hours at... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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97 reviews 97 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

one of the best roti prata which is a typical food item in Singapore. It comes with a delicious chicken curry made with coconut sauce...the prata is non greasy and crispy. Worth going to this cafe in raffles. Follow it up with the Malaysian desert Gula Malaka .. a great choice

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London
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82 reviews 82 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

They do a SD20 two course meal with a choice of lime juice or soya bean milk (the price does not include tax or service charge). The cafe is lovely and cool after the outside heat and the colonisl style inside is lovely. My husband had the poppiah (really delicious) to start with and Mee Goreng for mains (same as... More

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Asia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

The indomitable Travelling Gourmet visits Empire Cafe in Singapore’s Raffles Hotel to find… MANY empty tables and a deserted cafe! I and my companions were the only guests there! One look at the downsized menu told me the reason. Not only is there hardly anything to eat, the prices have been unjustifiably jacked up to lunatic proportions! The same thing... More

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Sydney, Australia
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96 reviews 96 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

This is the place to dine if you want Hawker Style Food without being in a Hawker Centre. The colonial style furniture congers up the grandeur of a bygone era, and dining at the Empire Cafe is like stepping back in time. The Muturbak was excellent, and the Char Kway Teo was delicious, and all of the food is fresh... More

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