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“Sunday Brunch”

Bar & Billiard Room
Ranked #681 of 10,933 Restaurants in Singapore
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Buffet, Reservations
Neighborhood: Marina Bay
Description: With Long Bar undergoing restoration, our iconic Singapore Sling experience will continue to be served here. A light snack menu complements our renowned cocktail as well as an extensive list of other cocktails and spirits. The Singapore Sling, widely regarded as the national drink of the country, was first created in 1915 at the Long Bar in Raffles Singapore by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon. It later went on to gain international fame and a century later, is still enjoyed around the globe.To learn more about the Singapore Sling, please click here. Regarded as the oldest existing bar in its original location in Singapore, Bar & Billiard Room is an institution within Raffles Singapore. It occupies a standalone building built in 1896, and was the first in the country to have a lady bartender stirring up a storm in the 1920s. Inside, chandeliers hang down from the high ceiling and the floor tiles are replicas of the original. One of the five original billiard tables from the turn of the century can be found there, where guests are welcomed to play a round or two. Picture windows look out to the surrounding thick foliage, interrupted by elegant cast-iron frames that compose the terrace.
Maidstone, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Sunday Brunch”
Reviewed August 9, 2014

In a nutshell, this is an expensive buffet which caters for almost every palette and includes alcohol. Service is pretty good but nothing out of the ordinary.

On to the food, the selection is vast, varied and plentiful. There really is everything from seafood (including lobster and oysters), beef, lamb and pork, to pasta and gnocchi, and pretty much every vegetable. One minor complaint is that the lobster does run out by around 1330 so get in quick.

The drink flows; staff are not shy in keeping glasses topped up.

Pasta is freshly cooked while you wait, which should keep awkward vegetablists happy. Well, it kept my mum quiet anyway!

I have a major sweet tooth and the selection at the dessert table is to die for. Chocolates, macaroons, ice cream, cakes, profiteroles, you name it and it was there.

Whether it's good value or not is very subjective. After tax, it's S$191 (advertised as S$158 but there's service tax and GST on top). If you get there early and fill your boots, then you can consume double that amount in alcohol in the first hour (drink is brutally expensive in Singapore), which can make it represent value. Even without the drink, it's not difficult to get your money's worth with the food. However, if you're only going to have a couple of glasses of wine and a nibble then save your money.

If you intend to try this experience, and I would recommend it, then book in advance as it fills up quite quickly. You might get a table at short notice but you'll end up outside on the terrace, which is not to everyone's taste because of the heat and humidity but it is undercover.

As a final point, quite why it's called 'brunch' when it runs from 1200 to 1530 is beyond me. That's lunch time.

  • Visited July 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Nostaligic dining experience at the Sunday champagne brunch”
Reviewed July 24, 2014

What a nostalgic experience dining at the Raffles Hotel Bar and Billiard room. It felt as if you were back in the historical days in Singapore! A definite must try when visiting Singapore for the Sunday brunch . A very good spread of cheese, air cured meats and also superb dessert counter. The meat selection was also good and the champagne divine, including in the drink menu is also the famous Singapore sling which was concocted to perfection , a Sunday that i wont forget !

  • Visited July 2014
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Yeppoon
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123 reviews
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“Sunday Brunch”
Reviewed June 22, 2014

This has to be a highlight in any trip to Singapore. From the moment you are welcomed to the restaurant to when you leave - you are made to feel special. The selection of foods is amazing and all presented immaculately. There is a seafood selection including 4 types of oyster and Maine lobster. A huge selection of cold entrées , a selection of cold cuts including black ham, Foie Gras and then onto the hot entrées, soups and then a selection of roasts. 48 types of desert and a selection of cheeses (blue, hard and soft choices). A selection of wines including champagne are available and, naturally a Singapore sling is available. A great place to dine. The staff are friendly, attentive and helpful.

  • Visited June 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Sunday Brunch”
Reviewed May 30, 2014

Difficult to fault the service here. Glasses were kept filled. Special requests not on the menu were met e.g. milkshake for my son. Thoughtful gesture of providing a complimentary cake when they knew we were celebrating a special occasion. All in all we felt very well taken care of here. Kudos to the team there. Food was very good. A few misses here and there (one of the beef roasts was not too good and a bit dry) but generally of good quality. The atmosphere was perfect for a lazy Sunday brunch. A dining venue that I would certainly return to.

  • Visited May 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Sunday Champagne Brunch”
Reviewed May 13, 2014 via mobile

Not withstanding the numerous good reviews I've come across about their brunch buffet, visually, the spread was more than impressive... Everything looked fantastic! Wagyu this and that, Main Lobsters, Oysters, Jamon Iberico, Black Angus and the names go on and on... Not only did things look good, they sounded good too!

But... Unfortunately... Everything went downhill from there...

Whilst every looked great and sounded fantastic, it was really unfortunate that the good flavours and tastes did not follow through...

Beef dishes were dry , tough and lacked flavour, lobsters were tasteless except for whatever sauce or lemon juice you put on it, even the jamon wasn't very good (and that's not even something that needed cooking)... I could go on, but having tried probably a third to half of the offerings (there was a huge selection - good or bad), the only two things that were very good were the oysters I had (no skill there) and the pan-fried foie gras, which was VERY good...

At something like $200 per person (with free flow champagne), I was expecting a higher level of execution of food.

Visited March 2014
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