If you have yet been to Raffles City in a while, do go to its B1 and B2 (connected via an escalator from B1) and you may be surprised to see a myriad of new shops from fashion, beauty, décor to FOOD.
Conveniently located right next to City Hall MRT station, the restaurants promise a great gathering place for family, friends and colleagues for a meal-out; and the various kiosks provide fuss-free, tasty and affordable meals for quick takeaways, desserts and drinks.
Here are 10 NEW Food Places At Raffles City You Must Check Out:
Riverside Grilled Fish 江边城外 B1-06/07
Popular Chinese restaurant Riverside Grilled Fish 江边城外 with 54 outlets in China, has set up its first overseas outpost in Singapore at B1 Raffles City. The concept involves the traditional Chongqing method of grilling fish and topping it off with Ma La (spicy) sauces.
Here’s how the ordering works: Diners can choose to pair their selected fish – Red Tilapia ($35.00), Sea Bass ($35.00), Black Pomfret ($38.00) or Garoupa ($42.00) with any of the 8 accompanying sauces of their choice.
The base includes the Signature Fragrant Spicy Sauce (spicy and sweet), Black Bean Sauce (non-spicy), Unique (sweet, sour, and mala TOGETHER), and Ma La (intense spicy).The fish was juicy and fresh, the sauce tasted authentic enough. Though I must encourage you to come with a bigger group to share-share.
WHEAT continues to be my go-to place for Japanese and Asian styled salads, which opened another branch at Raffles City B1.
Compared to other salad shops you may be familiar with, WHEAT’s unique factors include its attention on noodles such as green soba, shirataki and ramen; Japanese-inspired sauces of yuzu, sesame and teriyaki; and most noodle items are actually $10 or less (with the exception of more premium ones such as barramundi, salmon sashimi and striploin).
WHEAT’s most popular item is grilled Salmon Soba ($10.00, add on $1 for egg) with a huge slab of fresh, sweet salmon on soba tossed in a specially-made Japanese sauce.
Andong Zzimdak B1-44F
Andong Jjimdak is a famous Korean dish, known to be served in a HUGE plate with plentiful of ingredients of chicken, vegetables marinated in a ganjang Korean soy based spicy sauce. If you have been shopping and dining at Myeong-dong, it is almost impossible to miss some of their branches. They are almost EVERYWHERE.
This very first Andong Jjimdak restaurant in Singapore started at B1 of Raffles City, a franchise from the popular Andong Zzimdak (note the ‘z’) restaurant in Korea.
There are 4 varieties of Andong Jjimdak – The original ($40.90 for 2-3 pax, $50.90 for 3-4 pax), Boneless Jjimdak ($45.90, $55.90), Seafood Jjimdak ($48.90, $60.90), and Mayak Jjimdak ($42.90 and $52.90).
For a limited period, try the ‘newbie’ Byol Byol Jjimdak, Cheese Jjimdak ($52.90, one size only) where a layer of melty cheese cover the pieces of sweet and savory braised chicken, potatoes and carrots.
Teppei Daidokoro B1-56
Are you a fan of Teppei? Teppei Daidokoro is the latest offering from Chef Teppei Yamashita, inspired by traditional yakitori-yas found all over Fukuoka, Japan where Chef Teppei hails from.
This concept of Daidokoro (meaning “kitchen” in Japanese) focuses on yakitori skewers with charcoal infused yakitori sauce, with a selection of chicken meatball, chicken thigh, and chicken with Japanese leek, pork belly, pork sausages, salmon belly, and quail eggs.
A basic Yakitori Don goes for $8.80 per box.
Of course its popular Kaisen Don topped with generous portion of sashimi is still to be dished out.
Jinja? Korean Kimbap or Gimbap can be found at this modern Modern Korean rice roll kiosk at B1 of Raffles City.
‘Kim’ means fried seaweed while ‘bap’ refers to rice. Kimbap can be filled with anything from seasoned and fresh vegetables, egg, tuna, chicken, crab sticks to meat, usually taken as a light meal.
Seoulroll serves a variety, including Spicy Pork, Nuts & Anchovy, Crab Salad, Cuttlefish, Bulgogi, Crispy Shrimp and Tuna Salad, with price range from $4 to $4.50. Great for a quick fuss-free meal option.
Milk & Honey – Artisan Yogurt & Dessert Bar B1-70
Milk & Honey serves yogurt parfaits where many toppings such as macaron, marshmallows, crumbles, meringue, and chocolates are handcrafted by their dessert chef with “5 star hotel experience”.
There is an element of fun where customers can design their own parfaits which are available in regular, petite or mini sized.
Their 3 most popular flavours at Raffles City include the Royal Honey, Nuttilicious, and Chocolate Divine. I am all for the Healthy Mix, a fruity colourful treat with oranges, bananas, strawberries, orange chip topped with raspberry sauce.
Bonheur Patisserie B1-72
Totally cute! Other than the best-selling Cookie Monster macaron, Bonheur Patisserie has fine-tuned more than 25 flavours of macarons based on their ever-expanding array of innovative recipes.
Classical favourites include Dark Chocolate, Salted Caramel and Pistachio to Asian flavours like Sea Salt Gula Melaka, Thai Iced Tea and Yuzu.
Beside perfecting the assortment of flavours, they emphasize on using natural ingredients for both the Macaron shells as well as fillings. The use of natural ingredients not only contributed to the attractive outlook, it brings out an authentic taste.
Alongside French macarons, Bonheur Patisserie also specialises in other pastry items such as cakes, tarts and pound cakes.
Barcook Bakery is famed for its Raisin Cream Cheese Bun – cotton-like soft and slightly chewy, filled with light creamy cheese and raisins. Simple ingredients which work perfectly together.
Barcook has other interesting offerings such as Cheese Croissant, Salty Egg Yolk Bun, Polo Char Siew Bun, Mix Berry Cheese Bun and Liu Sha Bun.
The chain uses a ‘sponge and dough’ baking method whereby yeast, flour and water are first mixed together and left aside to rise before adding the rest of the ingredients.
While it is more time consuming, it is said that the dough remains moist, soft and better flavoured. (You can watch the baking from a side window.)
Tuk Tuk Cha B1-68
When craving for a cooling drink, go for Tuk Tuk Cha’s signature drink – the Thai Milk Tea (Cha- Yen) that comes in both hot ($1.80) and cold ($3.00).
Toppings such as pearl, coconut jelly, caramel jelly and mango pearls are also available at an additional $0.50. We tried both with and without toppings and preferred the latter for a more unadulterated taste.
One of their NEWest item is Cocoyolk ($5.80). This dessert contains coconut ice cream mixed with egg yolk drizzled with coconut milk, and topped with a generous amount of peanuts and coconut.
The 1872 Clipper Tea Co. B1-48
Homegrown brand The 1872 Clipper Tea Co recently launched a boutique outlet at Raffles City, offering fresh and high quality tea products and customized tea blends.
At its tea bar, you can sample teas from the essential Masala Chai, Assam, English Breakfast and Earl, to Tropic flavours of Lychee Fiesta, Passion Fruit and Mango Tea.
Check with the in-house tea connoisseur for best recommendations.
(One more.) Diners should be familiar with Grandma’s for its ever popular Nasi Lemak, Nasi Bukhari, Laksa in curry or Assam gravy, Char Kway Teow, and Cendol.
Check out their NEWest items – The Durian Pancake ($8.80) and Gula Melaka Pancake ($6.80), which will give the European styled pancakes a run for their money with indulgence of coconut shavings and drizzled Gula Melaka sauce.
Food Meet Fun at Raffles City This July
Indulge in delicacies at Raffles City, and stand a chance to win exciting prizes with every $50 spent. (American Express Card Members enjoy double chances.)
The Grand Prize includes a WMF Brilliant 4pc Cookware Set and NESPRESSO Inissia & Aeroccino Milk Frother Bundle from ROBINSONS worth $900.
Also, look out for special Weekday Treats from 3pm – 5pm at Barcook Bakery, Costa Coffee, HIC Juice, Marche Movenpick, Milk & Honey, ThaiExpress, The Soup Spoon, and Tuk Tuk Cha.
What’s more? Weekend Specials from 9am – 11am at Barcook Bakery, Costa Coffee, The Soup Spoon and Tuk Tuk Cha.
Raffles City Shopping Centre
252 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179103 (City Hall MRT)
*This post is brought to you partnership with Raffles City Shopping Centre.