The Place I am all ready for fresh air and it was an exciting experience to check out Raffles Courtyard located at the Raffles Arcade within Raffles Hotel Singapore. Alfresco dining setting, surrounded by lush greenery which acts as partitions as well to maintain the dining privacy. The space of Raffles Courtyard is fairly spacious, and my recommendation is to get a table under the fan if you are not that resistant to heat.
The Food I checked out the all-new weekend brunch menu, which is available every Saturday and Sunday, from 9.30am to 3.00pm at Raffles Courtyard. At other timings, the restaurant serves a selection of Southeast Asian small plates from 3.00pmto 9.00pm daily.
The new brunch menu is a mix of various cuisines – there is a selection of patisseries from their bakery, local Singaporean dishes such as Nasi Lemak or Seafood Mee Goreng and other contemporary dishes. I also couldn’t help but notice the list of healthy cold-pressed juices such as Beet-the Clock, Iron Boost or Charge Up. Otherwise, there is a selection of Raffles blend of tea and coffee, as well as local teh and kopi.
The meal started with a good selection of Home-made Breads and Viennoiserie Selection (S$18) where you can select from a mix of three from the likes of Croissant, Blueberry Muffin, Chocolate Bread and Kaya Danish. My favourite of the lot is the buttery croissant, with a nice crispy texture.
For sharing, there is the Antipasti (S$58), Amis it cold cuts, smoked salmon and marinated vegetables.
In terms of value, the Courtyard Brunch looks to be the best bet for me. At S$28++, it includes one Main Course, one Cold Beverage and one Hot Beverages. Yes, two beverages and a quick check on the menu has the juices at S$12.
For the Courtyard Brunch set, I chose the Nasi Lemak (S$13), Charge Up (S$12) and a Raffles Blend Cold Brew (S$12).
The Nasi Lemak is quite on point and authentic in flavour, as the rice is ‘lemak’ enough and the sambal chilli is delicious.
Brunch aside. Raffles Courtyard also offers a range of mocktails and cocktails – including the signature Singapore Sling. Happy Hour Specials goes at S$10++ for selected house pours, wines and more, available daily from 5.00pm to 8.00pm.
Rants The alfresco dining concept may be too hot to handle on warmer days.
Will I Return Again? If you are looking for a new brunch spot in town, Raffles Courtyard is a nice alfresco dining space though it definitely helps to check it out on cooler days.
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
Raffles Arcade, 328 North Bridge Road
(Accessible via the North Bridge Road entrance)
Tel: +65 6412 1816
Mondays to Fridays: 3:00pm to 10.00pm
Food is available from 3:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 9:30am to 10.00pm
The weekend brunch menu is served from 9:30am to 3:00pm
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