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
Aerin's is one of the main tenants in the newly opened Raffles Marketplace. It is a smart bistro serving typical Western fare with a good range of appetizers, salads, soups, pastas and mains, and some desserts. Located right by the escalators that lead to this new section of Raffles City and with a gurgling fountain in the middle, this restaurant appears to be positioned for good feng shui.
Our zucchini soup that was part of our set lunch ($18) was excellent, as was our spaghetti with prawn and spinach ($18) that was ordered a la carte. Our other a la carte order, a crab on crostini appetizer ($13) was fine, and the pasta that came with the set, also prawn, was lovely and fresh. Portions are generous, which we like, so we split the sets yummy dessert of chocolate banana cake. Also nice are the fountain sodas which come in interesting mixtures like apple, grapefruit and mint ($6).
Fortunately there is great people-watching, with a fashionable crowd flocking to the fancy boutiques, because unless the staff up their game you might find yourself waiting. Nevertheless we will be happy to return for a quick lunch or snack, but nothing more than that.