Authentic Australian grocer and restaurant Surrey Hills Grocer has been rapidly expanding since its successful launch in December 2021. With three thriving outlets in just two years, the brand just unveiled its fourth location at Raffles City Shopping Centre last month.
Distinguishing itself with tailored experiences and menus across its outlets, Surrey Hills Grocer opens its new concept at Raffles City with the “Australian home backyard experience” in mind. Think intimate gatherings, leisurely chats, serene teatimes, the new outlet embodies the essence of the Australian lifestyle.
Surrey Hills Grocer Raffles City: interior and ambience
When AVENUE ONE visited the 2,326-square feet space, we were immediately drawn in by the sense of warmth and community that its interior design showcases. Guests are welcomed by an inviting hand-painted mural and lush greenery, which feel homely and intimate.
The dining area also features the iconic Surrey Hills Grocer arcs and a spacious private dining section that boasts a panoramic view of Singapore’s landmarks.
Aligned to the Australian backyard experience, you can look forward to seeing the brand’s first-ever open kitchen at its Raffles City outlet, which is designed to look like a backyard gardening shed. Pick a table near the kitchen to watch the chefs in action while you dine.
Surrey Hills Grocer Raffles City food review
Under the guidance of Group Chef Consultant Chef Pang Kok Keong, Surrey Hills Grocer has crafted an exclusive menu for the Raffles City outlet, encapsulating its new theme. Delectable starters include Farm Style Mushroom Soup and Crispy Soft-Shell Chilli Crab. Main course offerings feature the King Prawn Laksa Linguine, Crispy Duck Leg Confit, and Melbourne’s Mussel Pot, each promising a flavourful journey.
For us, one of the highlights from the starters menu is the Burrata with Mixed Greens (S$16), a refreshing salad uplifted by the honey strawberry dressing and balanced with parma ham.
The Tater Tots (S$18), which is topped with torched mentaiko, tobiko, nori, and bonito, is another great-for-sharing dish that we can’t get enough of.
The Barramundi (S$38) that’s created by MasterChef Singapore Season 2 winner Chef Derek Cheong is one of the stand-out items from the Mains menu. This is served with burnt cauliflower and quinoa rice, and we absolutely enjoyed the aromatic coconut broth and slurped up every drop of it.
Love seafood? The Melbourne’s Mussel Pot (S$36) is a hearty option that makes for the perfect comfort food. This comes with local farmed mussels, sausage and potato, in a morerish stew. You’ll be happy to know that you’ll be served some French baguette so you can enjoy all of the stew’s goodness.
Chef Pang has also pulled out all the stops in creating the desserts menu.
We highly recommend the “Banana Bread” (S$18) that’s elevated with sea salt butterscotch, exotic fruit cream, creme Chantilly, and vanilla ice cream.
Want something more decadent? Go for the Double Fried Donut French Toast (S$22) that’s great for sharing and can be a light meal on its own if you’re visiting during tea-time. This comes with pistachio praline, grocer’s fruit, raspberry sorbet, and creme Chantilly.
Similar to the other Surrey Hills Grocer concepts, the Raffles City outlet features a grocer area inspired by Australian farmer’s markets. Display carts and shelves adorned with over 40 Australian brands, including newcomers like Biosota Organics and Vasse Virgin, and together, these offer a taste of the Australian produce scene.
Surrey Hills Grocer is located at #03-42 Raffles City and opens daily from 10am to 10pm.