Named after a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium, this restaurant has a wonderful ambience which is worth mentioning.
Similarly to Out of the Pan, Aerin's occupies a nice location at the basement of Raffles City Shopping Centre. With a central fountainscape, this resturant is furnished with a warm, earthy wood finishing and leather seats. On top of that, the open glass ceiling coupled with a man-made canopy provides a casual yet very chic atmosphere.
one of my most-read blog, I had brought along not one nor two but three dining companions so please don't have a misconception that Yuan and I have reached to a stage of having 4 main courses and 4 desserts. We eat moderately, in our own definition.
On a common chord, we thought that Beef au gratin ($19) was the best amongst the main courses served. The beef ragu (or rather the bolognese sauce) is sufficiently seasoned, though I personally thought that the minced beef is alittle dry. With the aubergine (brinjal) grainated with the creamy cheese sauce, it does feel like a mild lasagna.
Took two recommended dishes (stated in the menu), namely Fillet of snapper and Fish and chips. The former is a generous thick slice of pan-seared snapper fillet served with french beans, fork-mashed potato in tomato coulis ($20). This was second to the Beef au gratin where its meat is thick, juicy and flaky.
On the other hand, the lightly battered snapper fillets with shoestring fries and chipotle aioli ($18) didn't impress us. I presume it being one of their house specials lies in its unique batter which is similar to what a goreng pisang will have. In short, light, crispier and slightly oily.
Tagliatelle Carbonara ($19) needs no introduction nor elaboration. Pretty ordinary.
The four desserts (click on the name of the desserts for more description) we had were
Double chocolate fudge cake - rich dark chocolate cake sandwiched with chewy chocolate fudge ($5.80)
Warm chocolate pudding - oven baked valrjona manjari (64%) chocolate pudding with raspberry swirl ice cream ($8.50)
Baked Apple and Rhubarb Pie (signature) - pot of oven baked granny smith apples, rhubard and raisins. All covered in an oven-baked puff pastry served with vanilla bean ice-cream ($12)
Lemon Meringue Tart - tangy homemade lemon curd covered with not-so-sweet meringue ($4.50)
There is only one out of this four desserts that impress me. So all in all, the main courses were average and that the desserts were so-so... I would say drop by a visit if you want a place with nice ambience. For good food at better value, this is definitely one that is not on my list.
252 North Bridge Road
Raffles City Shopping Centre
Operating hours - 11:30am to 10pm daily
(Not sure why they were closed before 8pm on the day of our visit)