Sex and The City in Raffles City? Well, close. Just imagine 4 women hanging out Aerin’s, gossiping and enjoying the chic bistro dining next to the Raffles City fountain. They would sip their latte, gasp over the delectable European cuisines, and laugh at men in the open-setting.
Well, almost. I didn’t fall into that category. Eat yes, but talk no. But in a very rare occasion where the four ‘reality junkies’ (who my ex colleagues call ourselves) met, we did dine, talked and laugh over ridiculous contestants in American’s Next Top Model.
Aerin’s, named after the daughter of the owner (the same person behind Whitebait & Kale), is a great eatery to unwind after a day’s work or shopping for shoes. This can also be the place to people-watch and be people-watched.
The menu is quite wide-ranging, offering main courses, salads, sandwiches, pasta, gourmet tea, desserts and cakes that could get you coming back at all times of the day.
I had a set pasta ($23) which offered Pumpkin Soup, Linguine with Salmon Trout and Cherry Tomato in Capers Cream Sauce, and a Cecilia’s Creation of the Day.
The Pumpkin Soup was delightfully light and not too creamy. With freshly grated nutmeg on it, there was a slight fragrance of butternut pumpkin as well. The different main courses the four of us had ranged from ordinary to suitably delicious.
Now the highlight of the night: The desserts! The ladies went “ga-ga yummy yum yum” over the Warm Chocolate Pudding ($5.80). Before savaging the nicely textured raspberry swirl ice cream, it was appealing to see it blend with the oven baked valrjona manjari while it was still steaming hot. My friend Serene said, “Better than the one at B***’s Inn”. Heavenly!
Hold your horses for the Baked Apple and Rhubard Pie, because you must kill time for 15 minutes after ordering. It’s really worth the wait. After finishing the vanilla bean ice cream at the top and removing the crispy over-baked pug pastry, you can dig into a sweet-sour mix of granny-smith apples. The ladies’ faces really changed to a wider smile, the kind of look when they spotted a desired pair of shoes at half-price.
The Good To Know
Do not bring outside food in, and I mean DO NOT. One forum customer complained that he was charged $2.50 for a donut brought in. There’s even a sign outside which said they would charge a certain amount. I won’t reveal the amount, but I feel that’s quite uncalled for.
252 North Bridge Road #B1-11/12 Raffles City Shopping Centre S(179103) Tel:+65 63372231
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Daily