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“Disappointing in the extreme”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of Tiffin Room

Tiffin Room
Ranked #60 of 10,518 Restaurants in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Indian, British
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Dining at Tiffin Room is an essential experience at Raffles Singapore. At lunch and dinner, the curry buffet is a hot favourite both with tourists and locals alike. Expect authentic North Indian specialities, including vegetarian curries for non-meat diners. In the afternoon, the restaurant partakes in a classic English tradition and serves High Tea. Delicate morsels are arranged on a tiered tea cosy, while what does not fit is displayed as a buffet. Breakfast too is served at Tiffin Room, featuring a delectable international spread. Tiffin translates into "a light mid-day meal". Enjoying it with curry on Sunday was an essential aspect of colonial life in the early 20th century, with Raffles Singapore serving it since 1899. To recognise this tradition, the main dining room was officially named Tiffin Room in 1976.
Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Disappointing in the extreme”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013

What a truly dreadful experience ... From the queue to enter ... By a side door ... Main entrance refused to afternoon tea guests ... To the poor response to our complaint about the service and quality of food ...
This was the worst afternoon tea experience I have ever had ... It could not have been more different to browns in London .
The staff were rude and poorly trained ... The food frankly too poor to be worthy of comment .. The management disinterested .... Afternoon tea guests are treated with contempt .
To add insult to injury one of our party tried the vegetarian dumplings that were on offer ... To they discover it was stuffed with prawns !!!
Its time for raffles to stop serving ...

  • Visited February 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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156 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Horrid High tea at raffles”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013

Booking for one person, table set for two, food plate put on table, instructed to go to buffet, 20mins before I was offered , two choices from a huge pot, 25 mins before I was offered a scone, one waiter serving 28people! Large group next to me absorbed all his time, I wanted champagne I didn't even get offered it , like a converse belt with all the people in the room, so so disappointing .

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank JazzK32
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“So So afternoon tea”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

We were really looking forward to our treat of afternoon tea.It was going to be the highlight of our trip to Singapore.
On arrival you are half greeted like second class citizens as you have to line up to go in to the Tiffin room. While waiting ouside we noticed small sparrow like birds within the dinning room even sitting on the white table linen. Once we had sat down we realised that they are residents birds and their chicks ( approx 12 in total) they sit on the light fittings and cornice areas. ( my belief is that they carry germs and diseases and they can randomly put bird poo anywhere...sorry to be so blunt... but this is plain English to me!)
The service was poor, we had to ask for the sugar 3 times. The waitress re filled by husband cup and never offered me any! Then when I eventually asked for some tea, the waitress went to 4 tables before our and eventually filled mine up, only to find she had run out! She never offered to return with a fresh pot.
The food was very nice, but possibly more variety of savoury would have been nice.
I feel I had to share my views on Tripadvisor , but I would seriously think about having a cocktail in the hotels Long Bar and forget the afternoon tea.A trip to Raffles is an experience not to be missed so just head to the bar!

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank helly1234
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Copenhagen
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Afternoon tea at the Raffles”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013

You canät go to Singapore without a visit to the Raffles. As this was our first time to Singapore, we went for afternoon tea. Do make a reservation, as it is quite often fully booked. It was a good experience and just seeing the architecture and hotel from the inside was great. The food was fine, probably not worth the price alone, but with the service, location and music - we had a good time!

  • Visited February 2013
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2 Thank EliasCopenhagen
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Curry buffet - okay but expensive”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

A vast selection of food and of good quality however the whole dining experience was a little odd. Three chefs specials in addition to the buffet were provided direct from the kitchen and these just seemed to arrive when suited the kitchen!!! If you wanted to enjoy hot you needed to stop what you were eating and this for us was appetisers!!!
A reservation enabled us to get into Raffles and it was great to see the inside of this beautiful building. There was nothing particularly wrong with the meal but it was overpriced and now having been inside Raffles I would not go again.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank cdbridge01
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