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Review of Tiffin Room

Tiffin Room
Ranked #147 of 11,380 Restaurants in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Buffet, Reservations
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.
Reviewed April 12, 2013

As fairly experienced enjoyers of afternoon tea, we were looking forward to our reservations at the Tiffin Room. It turns out, the best part of the process is making the reservation online which was quick, easy, and painless.
The tea, however, was forgettable.
Never mind the fact we were seated and then ignored for about 8 minutes (at least the harpist was enjoyable) before someone came to find out if we were interested in having tea (?!) with our tea (I won't address how long it took to actually get it . . . ); never mind the birds that flew in and alighted on the food and buffet table, taking small tastes of what looked good while I wondered when the "bomb" might drop; never mind the table was unsteady and required not one, but two sugar packets placed by my husband to prevent the capsizing of what (we hoped) would be our tea . . . the true disappointment was the utter lack of attention (and hence the reason my husband took action instead of waiting for a staff member who never appeared . . .).
The Tiffin Room itself is beautiful and it certainly delivers in terms of providing a "colonial" feel; however, the staff are woefully overworked--in large part because EVERY group wants a photo. It was nearly impossible to get service, when it came it was somewhat hurried and always half-hearted, and it appeared as though taking pictures of guests trumped all other services. The only person who stayed on task was the man who came around with the scones--but he didn't also come around with the clotted cream, so after we used ours up with the two scones initially brought to us, we couldn't even benefit from his work!
The management would be advised to hire a few "photogs" who could help take photos of tourists and free the servers to do their jobs so those of us looking for substance aren't sacrificed for style. The food was good, the tea was adequate (although there were very few choices--no lavender!), and the presentation of the buffet appealing. At almost ~$200 for the two of us, however, I expected more in terms of service, care, and overall atmosphere.
If you only have time for one tea while you're in Singapore, skip Raffles and go to the Singapore Flyer where they have service and hospitality to spare.

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Average tasting sandwiches and cakes,limited selection ,tea should be served in tea pots,slow service,constantly having to catch the eye of any waiter,Chinese buffet tastes good but it does not really go with the high tea,we were with two small children and were given a table quite far from the buffet table which meant we had to constantly take turns to help ourselves, including serving the kids. Nice looking room which reminds me of the Orangery in London.

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Reviewed April 7, 2013

We had afternoon tea at Raffles Hotel. Good choice of sandwiches and cakes, and plenty of tea and coffee. The Tiffin Room opened at 3.30pm - our tour guide advised us to start queueing at 3.10pm - and we ended up at the front of the queue. Lovely atmosphere. You can also wonder around the hotel grounds.

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Reviewed April 6, 2013

On advice we booked for this experience. A bit of a queue to get in but very pleasant hosts. Table too near the door but I could look at the rest of the diners!! Lovely food and the buffet was a delight. Ask for a table not near the door or the harpist!! She was excellent but better from a distance.
Only one niggle was, after some thought, we were not asked the variety of tea we wanted.
Would recommend the experience if you can afford it.
Tip? The gift shop is good for a look. To buy is expensive but if you have come all that way ---hey--give it a go!!!

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Reviewed April 4, 2013

Part of the package of staying at Raffles included the breakfast buffet. There was so much choice from the cold section - fruit, cereal, pastries, salads, dim sims, cheeses, cold meats. A menu was provided once you sat down to choose which hot breakfast you wanted - western, asian, waffles, pancakes, etc. The coffee could be better but just ask for a double espresso if you like it stronger like I do. If don't like English Breakfast, you need to specify the type of tea you want.
Ate dinner there one night - Indian buffet. So many choices of curries and desserts. Overate, of course, but really enjoyed it. Can buy wine by the glass rather than by the bottle.
Most of the staff at breakfast was there at night and were friendly and accommodating to your needs and requests.

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