When BBR by Alain Ducasse first opened its doors at Raffles Hotel Singapore back in 2019, I was beyond excited. After trying the food and drinks for the very first time there, I was obsessed. I couldn't even get a reservation after the opening night. Unfortunately, shortly after their grand opening, covid hit and the spacious and beautiful restaurant had to close. It's been more than a year since and the restaurant has recently reopened as OSTERIA BBR by Alain Ducasse, focusing on ingredients sourced from the Italian Riviera.
I was like an excited little girl, full of anticipation, as I walked through those grand doors of OSTERIA BBR again. The space looks almost the same, with slight changes to the furniture. Many of us would not know this but the original BBR(Bar & Billiard Room) opened 125 years ago. The current restaurant retains some of the original structures and tiles, and is jazzed up with contemporary finishings that are more than aesthetically pleasing.
As you enter BBR via the entrance near the grand lobby of Raffles Hotel, you'll find yourself staring at a fully-stocked bar and comfy plush seats that will call out to you. You just can't not grab a drink, can you! With an unbeatable happy hour that runs from 3pm - 8pm daily(what!!), BBR is set to become the most popular bar in Singapore. There's just nowhere else in Singapore that you can enjoy a $16 cocktail in such an upscale setting, especially on the weekends. Best happy hour in Singapore? Checked. Also, my eyes went wide when I heard that they have a special promotion where guests can enjoy a platter of 6 fresh oysters and a bottle of prosecco for just $88. Alright, alright, I'm sold!
Another stunner that almost stole the entire show was the 'Crazy Water' Sea Bass with Clams in Light Tomato Broth. Just look at those plump clams! Carrying a fresh taste of the ocean with them, the unforgettably delightful clams injected a lovely burst of savouriness to the wonderfully clean tasting, remarkably smooth, and impeccably cooked sea bass. The team has done a great job shining the spotlight on the exceptional quality of the fish, and allowed us to fully relish the brilliance of the seafood selected. The tomato broth was laced with a sour tinge that was appetising and it even pushed me to try the soft vegetables(that I never eat) which had soaked up the broth! I'm not sure if you've noticed but there's something really unique resting atop the thick slab of sea bass — fish scales! Instead of discarding the scales, chef has turned it into a nice crunchy topping that was very enjoyable. I had 1.5 portions of this because my dining partner couldn't eat anymore, and I gladly polished the plate clean on his behalf!
(Located next to the Main Building)
Bar: 12:00pm to 10:00pm
(Happy Hour from 3:00pm to 8:00pm)
Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Open on Public Holidays