Nope, we also did not know that Tiffin Room is the oldest restaurant in Singapore.
“Tiffin” actually refers to a light mid-day meal and the restaurant was only named “Tiffin Room” since 1976. However, the restaurant has its roots traced back to 1890s when the founders of Raffles Hotel (the Sarkies Brothers) opened a restaurant at Raffles Place then known as the Raffles Tiffin Rooms.
Today, Tiffin Room is a classy, colonial-styled restaurant that serves daily breakfast as well as its famed curry buffet.
Breakfast at the Tiffin Room Raffles Hotel
As with all buffet meals at the Raffles Hotel Singapore, choices are fairly extensive. For breakfast, there’s a semi-buffet menu where you’ll get to choose from breakfast fares ranging from egg benedict to belgian waffles…
The menu offers quite a number of selection and you can actually try all the dishes in the menu as well. So we went classic and started with the Egg Benedict as well as the Raffles Omelette. The omelette was quite normal with a spicy tang from the chopped chili. However, the highlight has got to be the Egg Benedict.
We often wonder how the chefs can get this cooking temperature just perfect. Slightly firm on the outside, maintaining the shape of a poached egg. On the inside, runny yolk that flows seemingly non-stop because of the size of the egg. Speaking of the egg, it tasted au naturale, unlike the eggs we normally eat…
The Belgian Waffles was great as well. Slight crisp on the outside while still light and fluffy upon that first bite. The rest of the buffet included
One of our favourite pastries was the almond croissant. The chocolate croissant was fantastic as well. The almonds complemented the fluffy textures of the croissant while the chocolate was so rich on the inside!
The magical experience for us at the Tiffin Room was this. As we were invited by Raffles Hotel to have a 2 nights staycation, we had 2 breakfasts at the Tiffin Room. On our second morning, Sivam, our waiter came up to us and have us seated (as with all classy restaurants, he pulled our chairs and tucked us in) and guess what he said…
“Good morning Sir, 2 orange and 2 coffee for you Sir?”
WOW! HE ACTUALLY REMEMBERED WHAT WE ORDERED THE PREVIOUS MORNING!! We have experienced great service before but that was personalised service right there! During the course of the breakfast, we would be asked if we’re enjoying our breakfast and given regular top up of our orange juice (speaking of the orange juice, it was fresh!). Our plates were also cleared promptly so that we could have space for more!
Northern Indian Lunch Buffet at Tiffin Room Raffles Hotel
The other highlight of Tiffin Room is the curry lunch buffet.
As with buffets at the Raffles Hotel, the spread was again very generous…
The curries that stood out for us was the chicken and the beef. The beef was SO TENDER! Went really well with the naan that was served separately. The chicken on the other hand soaked in the curry and was bursting with flavour with each bite!
But the little known highlight about this buffet is the DESSERTS!!
There are hot desserts such as the fried milk dumpling and Indian vermicelli cooked with milk. Dry desserts such as the cashew nut and milk candies and of course the cold desserts such as the bread pudding and the famous raisin ice cream (also known as raisin kulfi). The ice cream was filled with raisins with every bite and had with a rich velvety taste that was hard to resist!
We rounded up our meal with a cup of tea and it was served in this colonial era teapot…
For its impeccable service and good quality food. We give the Tiffin Room the thumbs up and kudos to the team of chefs and waiters for delivering such good food and excellent service!
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**Special thanks to the great people @ Raffles Hotel for making this staycation possible!