Aerin's is like a peaceful tranquil oasis in the middle of the very bustling and noisy Raffles City Shopping Centre food basement. A place for a nice quiet meal that's also reasonably priced. This is a rare find, especially since Aerins' got an open atrium concept. It's funny that I've dined at Raffles City countless times and yet, never bothered to step into this long-time food tenant of the mall. The food basement has definitely gone through major changes, but Aerin's is one of the pioneers amongst the restaurant outlets here. Having eaten here recently, I was very impressed with the standard of the Australian cuisine. I'll definitely be back to sample the other items on their fairly extensive menu.
The Surf & Turf ($28) with fall-off-the-bone-tender beef short ribs that were braised to a sticky sweet and savoury goodness was paired with a salmon fillet that's fresh, seared well on the outside but still moist on the inside and well-salted. The sides of sauteed mushrooms and ratatouille were also commendable, the tomato based vegetable stew was particularly delicious.
The Prawns Risotto ($17) is possibly one of the most value-for-money versions around. You'll think that at such a pricetag, it was gonna suck. But nooooooo, the arborio rice was creamy and full-flavoured (I think full cream and cheese was used to finish this off...bye bye diet!), with lemon zest and splashes of juice providing lifting notes. The bay prawns were plentiful and sweet, while the baby asparagus contrasted well with the softer textures of the dish.
252 North Bridge Road
Raffles City Shopping Centre
Tel: 6337 2231
Open daily from 11am to 10pm