Raffles Hotel has reopened after a two years renovation work back on 01 August 2020. With the re-opening, it also welcomes Butcher's Block, one of the new restaurants in its property. The restaurant premium cuts of meats sourced and procured from dedicated farms that show utmost care and respect for their livestock cocked over wood fire.
Unlike the usual steak house or grill house, Butcher's Grill offers a Carte Blanche menu ($198 per person) which is a Chef's daily surprise menu for the whole table on top of their ala carte menu. Our dinner started with some Anchovy on toast.
Big Eye Tuna Tartare 3.8/5
Moving to our first course, we had the Big Eye Tuna Tartare. The finely chopped tuna is paired with a savoury mixture of tuna blood and soy sauce. It may sound intriguing, but it is like have a steak with beef jus. The white jelly-like stuff on top is truffle bone marrow. It doesn't have any taste but interesting gelatine-like texture.
Beef Tartare 4.2/5
If I have to choose, I would prefer the Beef Tartare. Partly it is more finely chopped and the addition of bread crumbs give it a delightful textural bite, paired with an egg dressing. It even comes with a sweet roscoff onion at the side which helps to cut the richness.
Grilled Octopus 4.5/5
One of my favourite dishes for the night is the Grilled Octopus. It has a beautiful char on the exterior but what brightens up the dish is the accompanying sauce, which is slightly tangy and spicy.
Grilled Fish 3.5/5
Next, we have the Grilled Fish in which the server will portion the fish at the tableside. Simply seasoned just with salt and grill to a beautiful moist texture. Interestingly the chef chooses to pair it with red wine sauce. Personally, I felt the sauce is a bit heavy for the lightness of the fish to appreciate its natural flavour.
Beef On the Bone 4.5/5
Baked Potato 4.5/5
Similar to the grilled fish, the Beef On The Bone is portioned out at the table side too. Cooked perfectly to medium-rare, the beautiful piece of meat is juicy and packed with flavours. What I enjoyed, even more, is the Baked Potato. This simply demonstrates that good and delicious food does not need to be sophisticated in cooking.
Roasted Pineapple 4.5/5
Last but not least, we have the Roasted Pineapple dessert to wrap up our dinner. The sweet and refreshing dessert also comes with a scoop of pineapple sorbet in a bowl of coconut cream.
If you have time to take a little tour around the restaurant, you will notice a glass cooler near the entrance whereby the restaurant dry-aged not only the meat but seafood too. The open kitchen gives the customers a front seat view of the orchestra behind the delicious and not forget the open concept wine cellar that houses more than 200 different wine labels, including a good selection of natural wines.
Noted: This is an invited tasting.
328 North Bridge Road
Tel: +65 63371886
Nearest MRT: City Hall (EW Line, NS Line)
Lunch (Sat-Sun): 12pm - 230pm
Dinner (Wed-Sun): 6pm - 10pm
(Closed on Mon and Tue)
1) Alight at City Hall MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to Junction of North Bridge Road and Bras Basah Road. Cross the road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]