Botanic Restaurant Raffles City (Closed)

Botanic Restaurant Raffles City is the new restaurant that takes over the space previously occupied by Salt Tapas & Bar. It is a stand-alone restaurant at street level facing the Raffles Hotel, but connected by a covered pathway so that diners do not get their feet wet walking over from the main Raffles City mall to the Botanic Restaurant.

The Botanic Restaurant Raffles CIty
Botanic Restaurant Raffles City

The Botanic Restaurant Raffles City is nicely fitted out in a relaxed casual style. In keeping with the Botanic theme, plants are scattered throughout the space.

The Botanic Restaurant Raffles City al fresco area
The Botanic Restaurant
The Botanic Restaurant

Botanic Restaurant Raffles City Menu

According to the Botanic Restaurant website, the menu reflects both chef’s travels and learnings throughout the region, a showcase of global influences with Nyonya, Indonesian Thai, Chinese and Mediterranean flavours on a plate.  Here are pictures of the menu and a page from the drinks list. It is a convenient place to meet for a drink or two. The daily happy hours from 4 to 7pm and the “7 hours of sin” on weekends currently on will make it even more appealing.

Botanic Restaurant Raffles City Menu

What we ate at Botanic Restaurant Raffles City

We selected a total of five dishes.  We noticed the Middle Eastern nuances in the dishes. They reminded us somewhat of dining at Artichoke and Fat Prince.

The Free Range Scotch Egg ($15) was fine but we thought that layer of meat wrapping the egg was rather thin.

Free Range Scotch Egg

The Buratta ($22, picture below) and the Charred Eggplant ($18, picture above) were tasty small dishes. The Buratta contained cheese with mashed butternut pumpkin, rocket, olive oil. The Charred Eggplant featured very soft eggplant with lots of chick peas and other herbs and condiments.

We had two larger plates – Harissa spiced Spatchcock ($29) and Grilled Squid ($22).  The Spatchcock was a generous portion of grilled chicken served on a bed of various vegetables and sauces. It was the most “value for money” dish that day. The grilled squid was a less substantial dish with pieces of squid topping a shallow serving of rice with squid ink. The taste was ok but the squid was chewy. The chicken was the better dish.

 Harissa spiced Spatchcock 
Grilled Squid

Overall, the new Botanic Restaurant Raffles City is clearly not a run of the mill restaurant.  We enjoyed the surprise when each dish was served as we did not know what to expect. If only the service was friendlier, we would have enjoyed our lunch more.

The Botanic Restaurant

Food: 4
Service: 3
Value: 3
Atmosphere: 4
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs 4 tops

The Botanic Restaurant Raffles City
252 North Bridge Road
#01-22, Raffles City Shopping Centre
Singapore 179103

Tel: +65 6837 0995

Opening Hours –  Mon-Sun: 12-11pm

Nearby MRT Station: City Hall, Bras Basah

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1 thought on “Botanic Restaurant Raffles City (Closed)”

  1. Was there last evening with my wife. We liked the Guacamole. Totally agree with you regarding the service. However, we felt that the unfriendly service was mainly because of this sulky puss waitress. The other waiters were alright.

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