TWO GRAND DAMES
Opened in partnership with celebrated chef Anne-Sophie Pic, fine-dining restaurant La Dame de Pic anchors the myriad of options at Raffles Hotel with its contemporary French cuisine and a startling similarity to the host property – both have legacies over a century old, but have embraced lighter, more contemporary styles to great effect.
In Pic’s case, it’s a culinary ancestry that stretches back to 1889, with the family restaurant, Maison Pic. Today, she has seven Michelin stars and an F&B empire that spans Paris, London, Switzerland and, now, for the first time, Singapore, La Dame de Pic is the chef’s “most feminine” restaurant yet, with plenty of pink pastel hues, floral motifs, and metallic accents all tied together design-wise by a central chandelier with laser-cut spades – a play on the restaurant’s name, which translates as “the queen of spades”.
Dishes have a graceful levity that doesn’t conform to common understanding of French cuisine – they are light, but cleverly flavoured with a myriad of herbs and spices. Butter comes spiked with sweet star anise; while turbot – one of Pic’s favourite ingredients to work with – comes with a juice-like broth of Granny Smith apples, marigold and tarragon. The acidic, slightly sweet broth smells strangely enough like a forest, and weaves in between bites of mild, meaty fish.