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Empire Cafe

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Raffles Hotel Singapore | 1 Beach Road, Singapore, Singapore
+65 6412-1101
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations, Seating
Description: The Empire Café is a casual, cozy cross between a modern hotel coffee house...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Delicious traditional fare and old-world charm

Drawing from the décor and style of the Nyonya-Peranakan era, Empire Café offers a menu of flavourful traditional fare, and dishes with a slightly modern twist. Though it might appear that it is quite standard fare that you’re being served (seeing that there are a number of hawker-style food... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 14, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Drawing from the décor and style of the Nyonya-Peranakan era, Empire Café offers a menu of flavourful traditional fare, and dishes with a slightly modern twist. Though it might appear that it is quite standard fare that you’re being served (seeing that there are a number of hawker-style food centres around Singapore), the nostalgic vibe you get there is worth... More 

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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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2 Thank Ashley M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 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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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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45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 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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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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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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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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Thank rini47
London
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103 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013 via mobile

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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Thank LondonIrishlass
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36 restaurant reviews
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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Raffles Hotel Singapore | 1 Beach Road, Singapore, Singapore
  • Location: Asia  >  Singapore  >  Singapore>  > Downtown Core
  • Neighborhood: Downtown Core
  • Phone Number: +65 6412-1101

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian

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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