Another restaurant on my list of places to visit when I was back in Singapore was Halia at the Raffles www.thehalia.com which I somehow never made it to when I was actually living there. The restaurant at Raffles is their second Singapore outpost (their first is in the truly stunning location of Singapore’s Botanic Gardens) serving food that is best described as being a blend of European and Modern Asian with an emphasis on using their signature “Halia” (The Malay word for ginger) in many of the items on the menu
In a nod to their original home in the Botanic garden, they have tried to introduce elements of nature to the restaurant with plenty of foliage, including a “green” plant wall and lots of lovely natural light. When I visited in the late afternoon/early evening there was a lovely relaxed feel to the restaurant and I happily sat enjoying a couple of glasses of wine with my meal.
I had initially planned on ordering their signature Chilli Crab Spaghettini ($26), a twist on Singapore’s national dish where the crab meat is stirred into a fiery tomato based sauce with the strands of spaghettini before the dish is topped with a handful of fresh herbs, spring onions and more chilli however I was worried that I was still a bit full from brunch to do it justice.
I was very happy to see that the chilli crab was also available as a smaller portion on their “small plates section” where the same spicy crab sauce was served with crusty baguette- perfect for dipping into the rich crab sauce. I can certainly see why this is such a popular dish for them, the chilli crab was really excellent, packed full of spice but with the sweet crab still very much detectable and a very generous serving for $14
I was very impressed with the menu overall, there are plenty of interesting dishes to try from Yellow Fin Tuna Loin with avocado puree, preserved lemon, salsa verde and quails eggs ($20) or Halibut en Papillotte ($40) with sushi rice, wakame, shiitake and mirin broth to the Javanese Spiced Lamb Rump ($40) with artichoke, wilted lettuce, preserved lemon and celeriac bread sauce and the impressive selection of steaks from Stockyard Estates and Mayura Station.
The Halia at Raffles is open for lunch and dinner Monday – Friday and serves all day on Saturday and Sunday from 11 onwards. Expect to pay around $100 a head for 3 courses + wine however small plates are also available and a glass of wine starts at less than $15.
Address: 1 Beach Road, #01-22/23, Raffles Hotel
Singapore 189673. Telephone +65 9639 1148