We had to consider the value of the whole package when we visited the Raffles Grill because the wine, and probably the food/amuse bouche are not competitively priced on the gentlemen’s menu (the ladies’ menus have no prices). We feel that the experience was an excellent one-time value because the Raffles Hotel is one-of-a-kind and somewhat immune from competition.
Venue. Superb, romantic. When diners walk through the lobby past the talented pianist who is playing Chopin and Blue Rondo a la Turk, they are accompanied to a room of less than 20 tables on a teak floor typical of the year 1900 in Britain’s Straits Settlements colony where grand spaces were cooled by fans, high ceilings, and multiple doors with small glass panes by the dark terrace. Before the era of steel construction, narrow ballrooms needed occasional pillars, and light was bundled in multi-tiered chandeliers. Raffles grill is illuminated by eight chandeliers, each holding branches of about 40 crystal clear glass chimneys containing 40 flame-shaped lights (cleaning them must be a mammoth undertaking). Weighty lighted glass-door display cases stood against the walls. By chance, we were seated at the very end of the dining room, so we had a full view of the spaces and the columns decorated with a plaster flower frieze below the cornice, echoing the friezes on the columns on the outside of the entire square-block Raffles complex .
Service. Faultless. The wait-staff were clearly well-trained, friendly and polite. When I left the napkin on my chair, it was quickly re-folded and put again on my plate. They explained the dishes and even took a bit of the sting out of a modest pour of a S$45 glass of Merlot, explaining that it came directly from the French vineyard to the Raffles Grill.
Food. Very good. We ordered a la carte because the degustation menu involved too much quantity for us. We shared a Maine lobster salad with avocado and chardonnay vinaigrette dressing which was the most impressive and tasty of all of the dishes that we had. We also shared a Welsh shoulder of lamb with gravy sauce that the menu said was cooked for 36 hours. They provided amuse bouclé and a small box of sugar-covered almonds to take home. The desserts were interesting but without a taste that will bring you back again. My wife had Le Pomme, a poached apple in olive oil and yuzu, bitter almond mousse, and Granny Smith sorbet. I had a L'Orange Sanguine, Blood orange ice cream, ginger baba, marinated orange, and blood orange sorbet. A glass of Bernardins moscatoblason on the dessert menu was very good. Most of the guests appeared to be middle-aged or older Japanese couples.
Considering total value received, we consider the dinner experience at the Raffles Grill was excellent, and we recommend that it be tried once. Although we have fond memories of the experience, we have no plans to return soon.
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