The iconic Bar & Billiard Room (BBR) at Raffles Hotel Singapore celebrates a new chapter in its storied history, remaking itself as the vibrant OSTERIA BBR by Alain Ducasse. A modern and energetic Italian concept, it expresses the passion the highly-acclaimed Michelin-starred chef has cultivated for the Italian Riviera for over 25 years, originating from Nice all the way to the coast of Genoa where his discoveries and gourmet memories have inspired him. Reservations open from 1 July 2021 ahead of the restaurant officially opening its doors to welcome guests from 23 July 2021.
To perpetuate his gastronomic vision here, Chef Alain Ducasse has appointed Francesco Soletti as Chef de Cuisine of OSTERIA BBR by Alain Ducasse. Hailing from Italy, Chef Francesco brings with him over a decade of culinary excellence having worked at numerous Michelin-starred restaurants, including at his mentor’s 3 Michelin-starred Le Louis XV – Alain Ducasse à l’Hôtel de Paris Restaurant, across the globe. Born and raised in a family of farmers with access to fresh produce and homemade ingredients, Chef Francesco’s passion for the world of gastronomy and deep understanding of the importance of ingredients started when he was a child. At OSTERIA BBR by Alain Ducasse, Chef Francesco pays homage to his mentor, and draws upon his own Italian heritage and expertise to deliver a definitive Italian dining experience.
Inspired Italian Specialties
At OSTERIA BBR by Alain Ducasse, guests can delight in a contemporary selection of delectable antipasti, freshly-cooked pastas, succulent seafood, grilled meats, wood-fired pizzas and more. For the ultimate taste of OSTERIA BBR by Alain Ducasse, indulge in a curated Menu Tentazioni (S$108++ per guest), showcasing a handpicked medley of 7 signature creations. At lunch, guests may also opt for a 2course (S$36++ per guest) or 3-course (S$42++ per guest) menu option.
Inspired signatures on the a la carte menu include seafood favourites such as Mazara del Vallo Red Prawn Tartare, presented with creamy buffalo mozzarella, delicate jelly and an indulgent dollop of Kristal caviar; Sea Urchin Risotto, a delightful risotto featuring sea urchin, tomato water and Provolone del Monaco cheese; Marinated Sea Bream, beautifully luscious slices of white fish heightened with the sensational perfume of Amalfi lemons; and Eliche di Gragnano, toothsome pasta with succulent Maine lobster, citrus and roasted eggplant. Hot off the wood-fire grill specialties like Lamb Rack, perfectly cooked and served with artichoke, goat’s cheese and lamb jus; and the ever popular Bistecca alla Fiorentina, a beautiful WX wagyu porterhouse MS5 grilled Fiorentina-style, are not too be missed too.
Round off the dining experience with delectable sweet treats, including the much-loved Tiramisu, a winning combination of ladyfinger biscuits, espresso, Mascarpone cheese and cocoa; Signature Baba served with limoncello and whipped cream; and Strawberry accompanied with homemade pistachio ice cream, complemented with a fine selection of digestivo.
A Lively Aperitivo Experience
In true BBR fashion, the restaurant will continue to be accompanied by a lively bar scene that is fun, relaxed and perfect for social gatherings. Simply unwind at the cosy indoor bar or balmy al fresco patio with a curated selection of excellent Italian cocktails, including favourites like Tempesta Siciliana, Houseaged Negroni, and Alba Rossa, our twist on the classic Aperol Spritz. Every cocktail will proudly feature an Italian spirit and/or ingredient, expressing the true flavours of the land. Guests can also enjoy a wonderful line up of primarily Italian vino, comprising a diverse wine by the glass programme offering accessibly-priced labels alongside premium options.
Enhance the experience with a delicious array of bar snacks, such as Genovese Pesto Tigelle, a popular Italian bread filled with arugula, Parmesan cheese, tomato confit and anchovies; Deep-fried Prawns and Calamari served with a tasty sorrel condiment; and Pizza Fritta Montanara, deep-fried pizza dough topped with slow-cooked tomato, buffalo mozzarella, 36-month aged Parmesan cheese and basil. For desserts, the crowd-pleasing Tiramisu and swoon-worthy Pizza al Cioccolato, a dessert-style pizza showcasing a delightful combination of premium white, milk and dark chocolates from the Alain Ducasse line of crafted-in-Paris chocolates, would certainly please.
Between 3pm to 8pm daily, you can enjoy two happy hour promotions- Camparitivo and A pero’!. Relish Camparitivo, a refreshing selection of classic aperitivo made with either Campari or Aperol, well-loved Italian aperitifs believed to stimulate the appetite. Priced at a special S$16++ each, sip on the likes of Campari Spritz, Aperol Sour, and Garibaldi. Selected white and red wine labels are also available at S$12++ per glass.
Additionally, guests can opt for winning combinations of fresh oysters accompanied with their choice of a bottle of bubbly or rosé with A pero’!, a word play on aperitivo that translates to “wow” in Italian. Savour half a dozen fresh oysters plus a bottle of Prosecco at S$88++ (usual price of S$110++). Options for Champagne, both regular-sized bottles and magnum, and a 3-litre Jeroboam-sized rosé can also be added at special prices with this promotion, making it perfect for celebrations and convivial get-togethers.
Reservations are open from 1 July 2021 via www.osteriabbr.com.sg. For all enquiries and reservations for dining experiences at Raffles Hotel Singapore, please call +65 6412 1816 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. OSTERIA BBR by Alain Ducasse opens its doors on 23 July 2021.
Enhanced safety and hygiene measures
As we navigate through the ongoing pandemic, Raffles Hotel Singapore continues to embody the philosophy that guides our service excellence, whilst maintaining the highest hygiene standards to safeguard the health and wellbeing of all our guests and staff. Guests can be reassured that all public spaces and restaurants have been reconfigured to facilitate safe distancing and there is a strict adherence policy in place to HACCP principles for food preparation and hygiene. Specific to dining, guests are invited to discover our digitalised menus made available for all restaurants featuring a la carte and made-to- order options.