The heritage hotel will welcome new restaurants helmed by acclaimed chefs Alain Ducasse, Anne-Sophie Pic, and Jereme Leung.
Recently thrust into the spotlight as one of the filming locations for summer blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians, the colonial-style Raffles Hotel is one of Singapore’s most well-loved heritage properties.
The circa 1887 hotel closed its doors last December for its first restoration in almost 30 years and is expected to reopen by the end of this year.
Retaining its iconic white facade, Raffles Hotel will feature new suite categories, ranging from 46-square-meter studios to five sprawling residences.
To pay homage to its refined culinary roots (it was the first hotel in Singapore to hire a French chef when its restaurant opened in 1899), the renovated hotel will be home to a new lineup of dining venues helmed by celebrity chefs.
Considering that Singapore lost its only Michelin three-star restaurant when the recently deceased chef Joel Robuchon closed his eponymous French restaurant, this is certainly good news for gourmands in the city-state.
The hotel’s 122-year-old Bar & Billiard Room will be led by acclaimed French chef Alain Ducasse, who will present his first Mediterranean sharing and grill concept in the world. Called BBR by Alain Ducasse, the restaurant offers a relaxed environment that’s perfect for social gatherings. Diners can expect cuisine from charcoal grills and wood-fired pizza ovens, as well as a lively bar and lounge that will serve a selection of spirits, cocktails, beers, wines, and wine cocktails.
Fellow French chef Anne-Sophie Pic will make her Singapore debut with La Dame de Pic, a contemporary dining establishment dressed in pastel hues and natural materials like wood and leather. Considered one of the world’s top female chefs with three Michelin stars, chef Pic will serve dishes that nod to her birthplace in the Rhône Valley.
On the Chinese culinary front, celebrity chef Jereme Leung will take charge of yì by Jereme Leung. Located on the third level of the newly restored Raffles Arcade, the modern Chinese restaurant will focus on Cantonese classics and adaptations of China’s ancient delicacies. The Chinese character yì stands for art, and the dishes will use single sourced and seasonal ingredients in imaginative ways.
The refreshed Raffles Arcade will also have a steakhouse, Butcher’s Block, which specializes in the world’s finest cuts of single0sourced meats. Keep an eye out for The Vault, a glass meat cooler situated right next to the open kitchen where the meats are prepared.
Meanwhile, the hotel’s existing restaurants and drinking venues such as Tiffin Room, Long Bar, and The Lobby, will continue to serve will continue to serve signature favorites like the Singapore Sling in an updated setting.
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