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Tiffin Room

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Dining at Tiffin Room is an essential experience at Raffles Hotel. Tiffin Room's curry buffet is a hot favourite with tourists and Singapore residents alike. Available daily at lunch and dinner, the elaborate buffet features authentic Northern Indian specialities including vegetarian curries for the non-meat diners.

Daily: 07:00 - 10:30

Daily: 12:00 - 14:30

Daily: 15:30 - 17:30

Daily: 19:00 - 22:00

Sun: 11:30 - 14:30

+65 64121816
$68 based on 18 submissions
Dinner (9 votes), Lunch (7 votes), Quiet (7 votes)
Celine Asril

Five star Indian culinary experience

Nothing comes quite close to the exceptional hospitality and opulence that is displayed at Tiffin Room, Raffles Hotel’s answer to a five-star Indian culinary experience. The thali set A ($75 per person) has choices such as tandoori salmon and lamb Chettinad (lamb cubes with coconut curry leaf cooked in South Indian style) – an explosion of flavours on the tastebuds. Another menu you can try is Menu V ($60 lunch, $75 dinner) from which you can snack on sweets like the kaju burfee (cashew nut candy) and doda burfee (barley flour with dry nuts and sugar). For more Indian restaurant reviews, read here http://www.hungrygowhere.com/dining-guide/what-to-eat/10-indian-restaurants-to-book-*aid-be2f3101/

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01 Nov 2013 • 296 reviews • 14 followers

Five star Indian culinary experience

Nothing comes quite close to the exceptional hospitality and opulence that is displayed at Tiffin Room, Raffles Hotel’s answer to a five-star Indian culinary experience. The thali set A ($75 per person) has choices such as tandoori salmon and lamb Chettinad (lamb cubes with coconut curry leaf cooked in South Indian style) – an explosion of flavours on the tastebuds. Another menu you can try is Menu V ($60 lunch, $75 dinner) from which you can snack on sweets like the kaju burfee (cashew nut candy) and doda burfee (barley flour with dry nuts and sugar). For more Indian restaurant reviews, read here http://www.hungrygowhere.com/dining-guide/what-to-eat/10-indian-restaurants-to-book-*aid-be2f3101/
18 Oct 2013 • 225 reviews • 5 followers

Raffles Tradition

Operating since 1899, Raffles Hotel’s historic Tiffin Room continues dishing up its famous curries to celebrities and politicians. The ‘tiffin’ in colonial times referred to a light meal, but today, the buffet spread offers refined North Indian specialties including piping hot, fluffy naans (baked flat bread) delivered to your table. Why splurge? Think silver service, colonial style decor and white-gloved waiters, alongside 10 kinds of chutneys and pickles, ample curries for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians, and hot and cold desserts galore. This is for the serious curry-lover – casual diners may find the spread a bit of overkill after the first few curries. For more best buffet reviews, read here http://www.hungrygowhere.com/gallery/52-best-buffets-in-singapore-*gid-fc280400/photos/#55df0700
08 Nov 2011 • 147 reviews • 21 followers

$75++ Indian Buffet with Class

More reviews at http://DanielFoodDiary.com

The word “Tiffin” originally refers to a light meal in British India, but expect anything but light at Tiffin Room because it serves an all-curry buffet. In India while tiffin carriers are mainly lunch boxes for workers, tiffin has become a strong aesthetic feature at one of Raffles Hotel’s most iconic restaurant.

And because it is at THE historical Raffles Hotel, it is all about class and class and class. Patrons are advised that “singlets, shorts, bermudas, sandals, slippers and pool attire are not permitted in the restaurant”. (I actually wore pants, and took few photos because I felt ‘paiseh’.) The décor reflects the strong colonial culture, with white-jacketed waiters, palm bentwood choirs, large square teak tables and piano-playing at a faraway background.

Tiffin Room specialises in North Indian food, with an extensive curry menu from prawn, chicken, lamb to vegetarian. Start with the appetizer dishes of salad, vegetables and cold seafood, move to the main rice dishes, and end with very sweet desserts. The food (tasting the same after a while) was unmemorable, so much so that the best ‘dish’ of my meal was the garlic naans.

http://danielfooddiary.com/2011/10/21/tiffinroom/ 

 

21 Jul 2011 • 5 reviews • 0 follower

Discriminatory Service

I was at Tiffin room for breakfast two days ago. I called few days in advance to ask for a window seat for two. I was told these seats are for in-house guests only. I said I have called in advance and surely you can reserve a table of two for me. The person said ok.

I arrived at 7.20 am and the place was relatively empty. I was told again that I couldn't have the window seats cos in-house guests called the night before to reserve the window seats. But, I reserved few days ago! I paid $50 per person for a breakfast and walked away feeling discriminated against, and the bland food did not do enough to make me feel otherwise.

I called up the hotel duty manager the next day to clarify if such a rule exists. He took 24 hours to investigate and came back to say such a rule does not exist and he is sorry I had such an experience. That was it! Very patronising.

This landmark of my country I gathered is meant to serve tourists, not me.

 

30 Apr 2010 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

Not your typical review, let the novellette begin...

Delicate bone china and fine silver ware on crisp white dressed tables. A stalk of orchids in a vase and a matching cruet set to complete the setting. Taking centrestage, a traditional three-tier stand of select sandwiches and scones and choice finger food. At the marbled island buffet at the end of the dining room, a small assortment of local delights to further satiate the palate.

The vaunted parlour screamed decadent opulence with its high ceilings with hanging chandeliers and vintage fans. Ambient lighting from scalloped lamps bathed the room in a warm presence, accentuating the tall French windows looking out to the fountained courtyard. The icing on this cake was the non-intrusive easy-listening background music from a live harpist.

Before entry was permitted, the queue outside stretched down the hallowed corridor, the sheltered passage a world apart and respite from the oppressive heat and concrete jungle just beyond the property. Yes, high tea at The Tiffin Room of The Raffles Hotel is a sensory excursion, albeit one that misses the main point of the food, which is nothing to shout about and compromises the rest of the experience.

Just this morning, a tourist wrote in The Forum pages about how memories of the good old days were recently spoilt by a return visit to the grand dame of hotels. The Singapore Sling was diluted (a whistle-blower informed her it was mass-produced) and the service was lacking (even at the uppity Raffles Grill) where she was forcibly manhandled!

This of course another facet to the service standards contention, where you aren't guaranteed of good service even when you pay a premium. Yes, not even in a pseudo-colonialism setup reminiscent of the high noon of master and servant upstairs and downstairs.

I myself have witnessed plates being cleared without asking (not in prompt attentive way but a "I'm not done yet" way) and worse, using my unused napkin to wipe the table right before my eyes without even any sense of impropriety.

Granted that took place at the much more casual and low budget Seah Street Deli, but still?! Not something you'd expect at this establishment. If I were that lady, I'd have good reason to write in to the press, as she did.

Please do not let my memories of The Rose Verandah be sullied too.