The Sunday brunch at Bar and Billiard Room of the Raffles Hotel Singapore is the pinnacle of all brunches in Singapore. Perhaps even arguably the best Sunday Brunch in Singapore.
Well…think about it. How many restaurants in Singapore boasts of a rich history such as that of the Bar and Billiard Room? Established in 1896, the posh, colonial setting definitely sets it apart from its Sunday Brunch competitors. There’s even a story about a tiger that was shot dead below the Bar and Billiard Room. Talk about myths and legends…
We were invited for a staycation at the Raffles Hotel over the weekend and we were told that the Sunday Brunch would be the highlight of our stay. BUT, the highlight of a Sunday Brunch has got to be its food right? Soon we were pleasantly surprised by what the brunch has to offer…
What to eat at the Sunday Brunch of Bar and Billiard Room Raffles Hotel
First off, the spread was EXTENSIVE! At the entrance, there was a spread of appetizers that included peppered tenderloin carpaccio, poached egg with smoked salmon with mini ratatouille (yes ratatouille! remember the movie?) and smoked eggplant caviar. Imagine the size of a billiard table. Now imagine that table full of appetizers. Yup.
Some call the Sunday Brunch at the Bar and Billiard Room a carnivore’s experience and they’re really not far off. With choices such as US beef tenderloin, roasted Welsh lamb and the BBQ Iberico pork ribs, even herbivores get tempted. The highlight for us was the lamb and the pork ribs. The pork ribs were tender (meat falls off its ribs) and the BBQ flavour was just amazing. The lamb on the other hand had a great mix of fatty bits that made it oh so irresistible!
If you’re a fan of live shucked oysters, you’re in for a treat! The choice of oysters include the Irish, Canadian, Fine de Claire and Belon. The Belon is apparently the most expensive of the 4. But we really enjoyed the Canadian the most. It really really tasted like milk from the ocean! Huge oyster with a tinge of the freshness of the sea. The maine lobster was fresh and succulent. No wonder there’s a queue…
But what is a Sunday Brunch like with Foie Gras and Champagne?
According to our waiter Dhiraj (thanks for the excellent and personalised service Dhiraj!), Raffles Hotel is the only place in Singapore to serve the Billecart-Salmon Champagne. Steeped in tradition, the brand has been around for over 200 years (WOW!) and is chosen by the sommelier as a great compliment not only in taste but also in class to the food at the B&B Room Sunday Brunch.
Learn how to prepare the pan-seared foie gras!
As always, the lightly seared foie gras gives off the smoky taste and simply melts in your mouth. No we’re not exaggerating. It literally melts releasing the full flavoured aroma with every swirl of your palate. Ok, now we’re exaggerating.
Having reviewed the new Italian menu at the Raffles Courtyard, we knew the high standards to expect from the pastas of Chef Nicola. He’s really a genius with Italian food. This ravioli combines simple tastes such as the humble cherry tomato, giving it a quick saute and transforming it into a home-styled, home-flavoured comfort. You really cant stop at 2. Tom had 5.
Along the way, we were advised by fellow bloggers to reserve our stomach. This is because the dessert is A WHOLE BUFFET BY ITSELF!!
Tom is normally not a dessert person and he would usually skip this phase altogether. But the fact that he ate 8 different types of desserts just speaks volume of the quality of the dessert spread at the Raffles Hotel Sunday Brunch. Besides the high quality ice creams (try the vanilla, you may stop eating other vanilla ice creams thereafter), the passion fruit combinations as well as the rich chocolate mousse was simply a pleasure. The cream brulee was not too sweet. Light and inviting. Yum!
All in all, the experience, service, class and taste at the Sunday Brunch of the Bar and Billiard Room Raffles Hotel is simply unparalleled.
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To put it simply, this Sunday Brunch at Bar and Billiard Room Raffles Hotel is definitely the best Sunday Brunch in Singapore!
**Special thanks to the great people @ Raffles Hotel for making this staycation possible!