Firangi Superstar is an exuberant, soulful, whimsical love letter to India, written with the curiosity of a sojourner,the adulation of a rock fan, the enthusiasm of one seeing the world, not for the first time, but with new eyes. It isthe coming together of conversations, encounters, and memories tied to this vibrant, magical land...
India is warm, affectionate and sometimes outrageous, but absolutely unforgettable; and this venue lives with the same verve. At once eccentric and mischievous with a touch of flamboyance, the entire affair creates something truly special: a dining experience like no other.
Now, let us take you on a cinematic journey, at once serious and whimsical. In this venue of outrageous peculiarity, an imagined perspective of India appears with a hint of vintage quirk. Taking cues from real life,from Bombay to Rajasthan, from Chennai to Kashmir, the venue pieces together textures, materials, décor,and furnishings to create experiences with the feeling of a film set. Here, every guest is a character, free to pen their own stories, either rightly serious or with a fair share of quirky comedy.
Start in the first of four rooms: the Officer’s Club in all its proper pish and posh leads to the Old Railway Room, where countless tales are waiting to be told. The pearlescent opulence of the Elephant Palace awaitsbut oh! turn around and find wilderness, tamed and mounted, in the Jungle Lodge. This visual joie-de-vivre is matched with touches, scents, and an eclectic mix of tunes, from the psychedelic rock of The Beatles to Indian Classics in the breath-taking vocals of Nicki Wells, all of which are curated to immerse and surprise.
The food here is not Indian as you know it, but Indian through another lens. Classics take on unexpected forms in the hands of Head Chef Thiru Gunasakaran, as they are reworked with a unique eye and modern approach.
Fuelled by the memory and influences of the food that he is most familiar with — what he ate at home and growing up; and shaped by his Western culinary background, Chef Thiru’s creations are authentically inauthentic. That is, rooted in history and tradition, but executed in a refreshing and playful way. What arrives on the plate gives rise to expectations that are immediately belied by the first mouthful – things are not what they seem but still, flavours are familiar and beckoning. To accompany these moments is a selection of explorative concoctions of Indian flavours and international spirits.
The menu at Firangi Superstar takes a modern approach to classic flavours, designed to take guests on a journey through India, seen through an imagined kaleidoscopic fantasy lens. Menu sections consist of Chutneys and Raitas, Small and Large plates, Sides, Rice & Bread, and Desserts. Just over half the menu is vegetarian.
Firangi Superstar presents a cocktail selection of soul-stealing brio. The restaurant’s cocktail menu strips it down, presenting an Indian take on classic cocktails – folks will soon find a favourite (or five). Start with what one can expect with flavours common in Indian cuisine, then combine the familiar with the unexpected. Pick your poison, and let the adventure begin.
The Bar & Billiard Room at Raffles Hotel marks a new era with its return to a storied and sophisticated, yet relaxed bar and lounge specialising in whisky, original and imaginative cocktails, craft beers and high quality cigars.
Noted as the oldest existing bar in its original location in Singapore, the Bar & Billiard Room will now present up to 400 curated whiskies alongside an entirely new cocktail list and bar menu.
With a beautiful room and outdoor covered terraces, the unique and historic setting at Bar & Billiard Room naturally lends itself to the new evolution. The Bar & Billiard Room will also serve as an everyday meeting place as well as for special occasions.
Christoph B. Nyfeler shares his 16 years of whisky experience as Raffles Singapore’s Resident Whisky Expert. Of the 400 hand selected whiskies, many are limited editions and directly imported for the bar. The whisky list boasts a strong Scottish presence with a good selection of American bourbons and Japanese whiskies rounding off the collection.
To add special interest, Christoph will host whisky events such as whisky appreciation masterclasses and whisky dinners regularly. He can also create exclusive whisky pairing menus for groups and corporate events of up to 20 people. You can share your individual taste preferences with Christoph who will then customise a dinner menu where courses are paired with different types of single malt whiskies.
Equal attention has been given to the new whisky-led cocktails created by Raffles Singapore Restaurant and Bar Operations Manager Randolph Velasco and his award-winning bartenders. With special skills and knowledge of infused liqueurs and house-made bitters, the team have based the bar’s new concoctions on classic cocktails with a modern twist in Menu highlights include the BBR 1896, a nod to the year the Bar & Billiard Room was established. The complex cocktail is a delight for the senses; the bourbon is first fat-washed in butter for a creamy mouth feel and savoury flavour, mixed with Angostura bitters, smoked with chamomile tea leaves for a subtle, floral aroma and finally garnished with a slice of orange peel.
The Old Nick was a favourite tipple for navy officers who needed some liquid courage before heading out to sea. The Bar & Billiard Room’s version is a combination of Scotch whisky, thyme liqueur, Dom Benedictine, orange and lemon bitters. The comprehensive cocktail menu encompasses other base spirits such as gin, tequila and vodka as well. Look forward to the Miss “H”, Randolph’s take on the ubiquitous martini featuring kiwi, Cointreau, lime, and muddled kiwi fruit.
Bar bites include a selection of sophisticated nibbles and more substantial sharing plates. An array of cold and hot dishes can either be enjoyed as an accompaniment to drinks or as full-fledged meal. Menu highlights include Crabmeat Cigars, shredded fresh crab meat wrapped in vine leaves.
For a sweet finish in keeping with the bar's theme, Chocolate Whisky Stones are available in three different flavours – dark, milk and white chocolate. The chocolate is first melted down and infused with whisky before being placed in moulds to resemble the whisky stones commonly used to chill the spirit without diluting the drink.
The Bar & Billiard Room also houses one of the five original billiard tables from the turn of the century and you are invited to have a game over drinks. On Friday and Saturday evenings, the bar will feature live jazz.