Daily: 11:00 - 22:00
Aerin's offers modern classical European cuisine with pleasant setting at the new Raffles Marketplace in Raffles City Shopping Centre
For a more detailed review with pictures, please go to http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.com/2011/11/aerins.html
Aerin's is like a peaceful tranquil oasis in the middle of the very bustling and noisy Raffles City Shopping Centre food basement. A place for a nice quiet meal that's also reasonably priced. This is a rare find, especially since Aerins' got an open atrium concept.
1) Surf & Turf ($28) - fall-off-the-bone-tender beef short ribs that were braised to a sticky sweet and savoury goodness was paired with a salmon fillet that's fresh, seared well on the outside but still moist on the inside and well-salted. The sides of sauteed mushrooms and ratatouille were also commendable, the tomato based vegetable stew was particularly delicious.
2) Prawns Risotto ($17) is possibly one of the most value-for-money versions around. You'll think that at such a pricetag, it was gonna suck. But nooooooo, the arborio rice was creamy and full-flavoured (I think full cream and cheese was used to finish this off...bye bye diet!), with lemon zest and splashes of juice providing lifting notes
Shopping in Raffles City brought us to the basement for food and we found this comfortable place by the fountain
Ambience; Cool as we sat next to the pool, and in a crowd free dining area. 2 chairs, one table, no hassles about only ordering one apple pie
Food:; Their apple pie was the highlight of my day; huge; with a flaky crust covering the serving dish which contained chunks of granny-smith apples, cinnamon, raisins and rhubarb. One of my favourite places (now) for apple pie.
Value; Each apple pie, which should be eaten by 2 pax; as the waiter cautioned us, although I am a big person, costs $12; total $14 plus taxes; Good deal, I think.
Service: Pleasant in taking order, service and clearing up
My 2nd review on some new dishes which we tried. So we ordered Norwegian Salmon Fillet and Italian Spicy Sausage to share too.
My fave is still the Prawns Risotto although I love the onion sweet sauce which accompanied the Italian sausages and mashed potato. However, spicy sausages are just not my cup my tea. Love cheese sausages more. The Salmon is not bad. The stars of the night ought to be the desserts!! Namely, Profiteroles and Warm chocolate lava cake with ice-cream!! They really got us all whining, they were sooooo good! The Profiteroles were like cream puffs stuffed with ice-cream and I love the ice-cream which came ice-cold. Hate runny ice-creams. It's not vanilla but yet not overly sweet. Cant fathom the ice-cream flavour but supper yummy, it's really just my kinda thing! For the warm lava cake, the outside was crisp yet soft, and when we cut it open, liquid chocolate simply flowed out. Orgasmic! I love it that the chocolate was not googy and not too sweet. G joined us slightly later at 9.30pm and had a starter; Soba with seared tuna, which she said was good too!
We also ordered a bottle of Chardonnay which was priced so cheaply at $50. Though I find it to be slightly acidic but they're still pretty okie. I mean, you can seldom get wrong with white, unlike reds which can be a disaster. =PLychee martinis!! Our ladies' favorite. 2 at $20 only. I thought the alcohol was decent, considering the price. But Jy said her Watermelon martini was overly strong so she switched with Kel's Raspberry martini, which was kinda too sour to my palate. It was a wise choice to just stick to lychee. =P
Basically the place has a great ambience in my opinion. Apple green lush cushion seats and I specially reserved a table next to the fountain(ya..am so control freak! =P). The place was quite crowded on a PH eve but still not really full house and I really appreciate that the people there were not as noisy. Great place to chill, b**** or gossip, discreetly. Haha. I feel they are understaffed on that particular PH but can see they tried to serve us as fast as they can.
The only bad point was that they closed too early, around 10.30pm on a PH eve. Normal days will be 10pm.