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At the Raffles Hotel Singapore: Foie Gras and Long Bar Slings

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February 2, 2012 at 8:03 PM | by | ()

Raffles Grill

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think Raffles? Besides luxury and expensive digs, we mean.

The Singapore Sling, right? More specifically, the first thing usually comes to mind at the thought of the Raffles is a fruity, red Singapore Sling from The Raffles Singapore's Long Bar. Of course a visit to the Raffles isn't quite complete without a Sling, no matter how touristy it's become, but there are plenty other dining and drinking options underneath the victorian roof of this historical hotel. Here's a few of our favorites:

· Raffles Grill
Simply put, the Raffles Grill is for those with caviar wishes and champagne dreams. Or, if you pay attention to the menu, it's more like foie gras fantasies and cabernet cravings for the Raffles Grill is a French restaurant and the fanciest of the hotel's dining options. It sits in the main building, between the grand lobby and the quiet, residents only courtyard. Bring your best dinner jacket and a thick wallet.

· Tiffin Room
At this bright, still-somewhat-dressy venue off the other side of the lobby from the Raffles Grill, the curry buffet is the name of the game. The buffet, served at both lunch and dinner, is an event. Come with your entire family for a special occasion, or—if you're like us—when the irresistible desire to overindulge in curry becomes too much.

· Bar and Billiard Room
Another of the Raffles' buffet venues, the Bar and Billiard Room has a totally different atmosphere from the Tiffin Room. It's actually a former gentleman's club and the billiard tables are still front and center, so this is where to come when you're looking for a boozy champagne brunch or you appreciate a fine Cuban cigar with a proper snifter of brandy.

· Long Bar
While this quick list isn't the sum total of all the Raffles' dining areas, we can't leave out the Long Bar. It's furthest from the historic lobby, which is probably best considering the constant in-out flow of more casually dressed tourist traffic, but sometimes you just need to take off the jacket and heels and kick back with a pineapple-topped cocktail. Heck, you can even eat peanuts and throw the shells on the floor like you're at a normal bar. 2,000 Singapore Slings are served throughout the Raffles on a good day, and there are six or seven varieties of the drink depending on the season.

A Long Bar Sling

Disclosure: We stayed for one night at the Raffles, as a guest of Singapore Airlines, while on assignment for Jaunted.com. However, all photos and opinions are completely our own.

[Photos and video: Cynthia Drescher for HotelChatter]

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