The word “Tiffin” originally refers to a light meal in British India, but expect anything but light at Tiffin Room because it serves an all-curry buffet. In India while tiffin carriers are mainly lunch boxes for workers, tiffin has become a strong aesthetic feature at one of Raffles Hotel’s most iconic restaurant.
And because it is at THE historical Raffles Hotel, it is all about class and class and class. Patrons are advised that “singlets, shorts, bermudas, sandals, slippers and pool attire are not permitted in the restaurant”. (I actually wore pants, and took few photos because I felt ‘paiseh’.) The décor reflects the strong colonial culture, with white-jacketed waiters, palm bentwood choirs, large square teak tables and piano-playing at a faraway background.
Tiffin Room specialises in North Indian food, with an extensive curry menu from prawn, chicken, lamb to vegetarian. Start with the appetizer dishes of salad, vegetables and cold seafood, move to the main rice dishes, and end with very sweet desserts. The food (tasting the same after a while) was unmemorable, so much so that the best ‘dish’ of my meal was the garlic naans.
It felt really exclusive that the waiter would attentively serve you some of their daily specials personally, with explanations and all. It made a difference to the Almond Ice Cream – a milky rich dessert which compensated for all the rest. If you do not have a Feed At Raffles card, the buffet dinner is $75++ per adult. No typo. Remember you are paying for the class, and class could be that priceless.
1 Beach Road, Raffles Hotel, Tel: +65 6412 1816
Opening Hours: 7am – 10.30am (Breakfast); 12pm – 2.30pm (Buffet Lunch); 3.30pm – 5.30pm (High Tea); 7pm – 10pm (Buffet Dinner); 11.30am – 2.30pm (Sunday Brunch)