The Place Located at the Swissotel The Stamford Singapore, the brand new The Stamford Brasserie is the latest to join in the multi-dining concept dining options of the property at Raffles City. The brasserie is a Grab & Go, Bistro and a Bar, all-in-one; basically you can head here for your morning coffee, midday lunch, afternoon tea, casual dinner, and even for your after-work drinks.
With the interior decor seemingly inspired by a popular local cafe, the new restaurant spots an industrial look, with classy touches of wooden bistro furniture and marbled table tops.
The Food This all-day dining concept seeks to deliver to diners a fuss-free, comforting meals, and as what Chef Tryson puts it, “meals straight out of any home kitchen”. Chef Tryson Quek also helms the kitchen of Anti:Dote at Swissotel’s adjacent sister property Fairmont Singapore, and knowing how satisfied we have been with the tapas menu at Anti:Dote, we were looking forward to the new creations at The Stamford Brasserie.
Starting with the Peruvian-Style Rice Crackers (S$6), which you should enjoy by dipping it into the Burnt Butter Corn Dip, this is a smashing starter. In fact, you can enjoy this snack simply with a coffee during your afternoon break.
For lighter and healthier mains, you can go either for the Pan-Roasted Salmon Tataki (S$18) or the Super Salad (S$17). The former has some rather fresh pan-roasted Norwegian Salmon, and complete with the Japanese Shoyu Tataki dressing, greens and radish. I will recommend you to go for this on your first visit. That said, if you are looking for something even healthier, the Super Salad gets you kale, avocado, bulgur and a mix of 3 types of quinoa – it can’t get any more wholesome than this.
If going clean ain’t for you, strongly recommend you to g for the Baked Prawn Toast (S$12) or the Pulled Kurobuta Pork (S$16). The Prawn Toast has fresh shrimp laid on a homemade toasted bread, topped melted cheese and Thai Sweet Sauce as a dip. Perfect for either a morning perk-me-up sandwich, or an afternoon quick bite. Make sure you dip the toast into the Thai sauce, it shuts the greasiness of the toast, and makes it way more appetising.
The other sandwich on the menu, the Pulled Kurobuta Pork takes the kitchen almost 2 days to get all its ingredients ready. What’s eventually a straight-up sandwich with pulled pork, cabbage slaw, mustard and bacon jam, this is a sandwich to-die-for.
Other mains on the menu includes the Spiced Chicken Kebab (S$18), and the Fresh Catch Seafood Stew (S$20). The latter will remind you of traditional Thai soup, with the coconut-infused lemongrass soup base.
If you are looking for sweets here, go for the Chocolate Sensation (S$12) which basically is a sable tart with warm chocolate inside. Another dessert here is the The Citrus Medley (S$12).
The best thing about the concept is the reasonably-priced beverages, with Cafe Latte (S$5.80) and TWG Tea Selections (S$6) priced competitively; unlike many other hotels’ concepts. Best thing, if you are having your coffee in the bistro itself, expect some good latte art from their barista.
Rants The decor at The Stamford Brasserie feels and looks too similar as the other popular cafe chain. Not that it is a bad thing though, the space at The Stamford Brasserie does look gorgeous.
Will I Return Again? Yes. The Stamford Brasserie does what most new cafes and bistros failed to do, dishing out comforting wholesome snacks and mains. Most new cafes get its kitchen to serve up the typical big breakfast, eggs benedict, and the omnipresent avo-toast, and sadly, most of them do not taste memorable anyway. I will be back at The Stamford Brasserie for a hearty lunch, and suffice to say Chef Tryson impresses again.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
The Stamford Brasserie
Level 1, Swissôtel The Stamford
2 Stamford Road
Tel: +65 6431 6156
Daily: 6.30am to 12am, till 1.30am for Friday, Saturday and Eve of Public Holidays
Ranted by The Rantee