History unfolds a new page as OSTERIA BBR by Alain Ducasse has opened, rebranded from Raffles Hotel Singapore’s iconic Bar & Billiard Room (BBR).
BBR was first established in Raffles Hotel Singapore in 1896, and the current space pay tributes to its origin by retaining the striking architecture and iconic floor tiles.
Here, you can discover the modern, energetic and vibrant OSTERIA BBR, which reflects the passion of French-born Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse.
Always innovating, he has created a produce-driven menu to address the guests’ growing appetite for fresh and authentic Italian cuisine.
Using locally and regionally sourced produce and ingredients native to Italy, the restaurant hopes to capture the quintessential Italian spirit of cooking with a contemporary flair.
Italian chef Francesco Soletti serves as Chef de Cuisine, backed with over a decade of culinary excellence.
He has worked at Michelin-starred restaurants, including his mentor’s 3 Michelin-starred Le Louis XV – Alain Ducasse à l’ Hôtel de Paris Restaurant.
In terms of food, be prepared to be delighted with modern selections of antipasti, freshly-cooked pastas, succulent seafood, grilled meats, wood-fired pizzas and more.
If you are the type of who would prefer to try a selection of the best, get the curated Menu Tentazioni ($108++ per guest, wine pairing at additional $88++ per guest), featuring a handpicked medley of 7 signature creations.
Here are 10 of the Inspired Italian Specialties you can savour at OSTERIA BBR by Alain Ducasse:
Mazara del Vallo Red Prawn Tartare ($68++)
Known as the spearhead of Sicilian delicacies, the Mazara del Vallo’s red prawn has an intense red, almost coral colour and compact, white, distinctly flavoured meat.
Whet your appetite with this tartare, served with creamy Buffalo mozzarella and presented over delicate jelly.
A dollop of Kristal caviar is placed on top as a fitting finale.
Giardino Di Verdure E Radici Salsa Di Lattuga Al Balsamico Bianco ($26++)
Add this colourful Garden Salad to your spread, featuring asparagus, beans and assorted root vegetables.
A bright green pureed lettuce sauce ties them together while a splash of white balsamic adds a touch of agradolce or sweet-tart flavour.
Carpaccio Di Manzo, Cremino Di Pistacchio, Ricotta Di Bufala, Erbe Selvatiche ($32++, also available in the Menu Tentazioni)
Indulge in an Italian antipasti Beef Carpaccio, in which the beef is dry aged for 28 days to enhance its flavour and texture.
This appetiser offers no less than a John Stone beef, full traceable and sourced from Irish farms with cattle 100% free from hormones.
The paper-thin slices of meat are topped with dollops of Italian buffalo ricotta and pistachio cream, a sprinkling of wild herbs.
For added luxury, black truffle can be added at $5++ per gram (minimum 3 grams).
Zuppa Di Pesci E Salsa Cacciucco ($68++)
Inspired by cacciucco, an Italian fish stew originally from the coastal towns of Tuscany, this Cacciucco-style Fish Soup features fresh prawn, scallop, and fish in season.
What was noteworthy was that I had three different types of pan-seared fish in the same plate, to experience the varying textures and sweetness.
The sauce is flavoured with wine and tomatoes making it rich and smooth.
Mezzi Paccheri Alla Guancia Di Manzo E Barolo ($38++)
A savoury dish made with large, short tubular paccheri pasta, combined with bite sized chunks of Barolo-braised beef cheek.
One of Italy’s greatest wines, Barolo is a firm, luscious red wine made from nebbiolo grapes produced in the Italian region of Piedmont.
Its powerful tannins and acidity infused into the tender guancia di manzo or beef cheeks. Finished with a sprinkling of micro herbs.
Looking for a set lunch or corporate lunch? You may also choose the 2-course ($36++ per guest) or 3-course ($42++ per guest) menu option, available 12pm to 2:15pm from Mondays, Thursdays to Saturdays.
Mains served can include Carbonara Rigatoni, Pizza Parma, Seabream with Potatoes and Olives, to Braised Beef Cheek (+$10) with pumpkin and green sauce.
If you are a regular here, you would find that the dishes do rotate seasonally depending on the ingredients and availability.
Baba Al Limoncello, Panna Montata ($18++, also available in the Menu Tentazioni)
Taste Osteria BBR’s signature Baba, little yeast cakes soaked in Campania region’s signature liqueurs – tart limoncello.
Cap off your Italian meal with this sweet-sour dessert served with panna montata or whipped cream.
Fragola E Pistacchio ($18++, also available in the Menu Tentazioni)
Fresh strawberry halves macerated in rich syrup are served with a scoop of homemade pistachio ice cream, finished with a sprinkling of candied pistachio nuts.
A Lively Aperitivo Experience
Osteria BBR’s lively bar scene is not one to be missed for the aperitivo experience.
Have a drink or light meal at their cosy indoor bar, and al fresco patio – both safe options for your social gatherings.
The curated selection of creative cocktails such as Tempesta Siciliana, House Aged Negroni, and Alba Rossa (a twist on the classic Aperol Spritz) – all showcases Italian ingredients.
Revel in an exhilarating line up of wine – mostly Italian vino available as wine-by-the-glass. Not only will you have access to value-priced labels but premium choices as well.
In the mood for happy hour? Come between 3pm and 8pm and get 2 special promos.
The Camparitivo ($16++ each) is a refreshing selection of classic aperitivo made with either Campari or Aperol, well-loved Italian aperitifs believed to whet your appetite. Sip on the likes of Campari Spritz, Aperol Sour, and Garibaldi.
If you prefer white and red wine, they are available at $12++ per glass.
For the 2nd promo, A pero’! (a word play on aperitivo that translates to “wow” in Italian) you can have your fresh oysters paired with your choice of bubbly or rosé.
Get half a dozen fresh oysters plus a bottle of Prosecco at $88++ (usual price of $110++).
For celebrations or special get-togethers, upgrade to Champagne. Both regular-sized bottles and magnum, and a 3-litre Jeroboam-sized rosé can also be added at special prices with this promotion.
OSTERIA BBR by Alain Ducasse
Raffles Hotel Singapore, 1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673 (Located next to the Main Building)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2:30pm, 6pm – 9:45pm (Thurs – Mon), Closed Tues – Wed, except PH
Bar: 12pm – 10pm
Happy Hour from 3pm – 8pm (Thurs – Mon)
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with Raffles Hotel Singapore.