28, Raffles International launched its latest brainchild, Equinox, a
refreshingly new concept in dining and entertainment.
Equinox, the complex, boasts five restaurants and bars as well as
private dining with a total seating capacity of over 900. Adding to its
uniqueness is its location: Equinox is situated on Levels 68 through 72
of Singapore's landmark Raffles City Complex, providing spectacular
views of Singapore as well as Malaysia and Indonesia.
Equinox was conceptualised and developed by Raffles International,
acknowledged for its expertise as a creator and innovator of lifestyle
Equinox takes its name from the time when day and night are of perfectly
equal length. It is an unusual phenomenon, which occurs only two days in
a year. At Equinox, this "perfect harmony" is a daily happening 365 days
a year. The complex reflects Singapore's international reputation as the
"New Asia". Its contemporary design acknowledges this modern city
state's status as an international port, tourism hub and world financial
centre, while incorporating the timeless traditions that define the
cultures of Asia.
Spanning a total area of 3,700 square metres (40,000 sq. feet), Equinox
offers incredible choice, each unique and appealing in its own special
EQUINOX: WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT
Equinox, the complex, consists of:
The Equinox experience begins here. Located on Level 1, this 80-seat bar
is sleek, contemporary and elegant. In addition to an extensive
selection of beverages, including the latest martinis, beers, wines and
spirits. Being a "Bartenders' Bar", cocktails are individually mixed at
your table by a service team comprising only bartenders.
A semi-private area is set aside exclusively for patrons who are meeting
their guests here before they move on to enjoy the other venues located
on the upper levels of the Equinox complex.
EQUINOX, THE RESTAURANT
The grand staircase, against a stunning, panoramic backdrop of
floor-to-ceiling views of Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, provides a
truly dramatic entrance, befitting its status as a place to be seen.
This impressive three-storey, 165-seat amphitheatre-style restaurant
emphasises simple - yet bold - design elements: four three-storey high
teak and rice paper lanterns, suspended Ming-inspired wooden trellises
and a luminous floor-to-ceiling wall of mother of pearl make simply
To match the extraordinary decor, Equinox, the restaurant, offers an
unusual food concept. Guests can enjoy either authentic Western or Asian
cuisine from two supporting kitchens. The menu has been designed to
offer an abundance of choice so patrons are treated to a varied and
multi-dimensional culinary experience. Even an informal meal here
becomes truly special.
EQUINOX, PRIVATE DINING
Located on Level 69, this is the perfect complement to Equinox, the
restaurant. Here, a suite of four private dining rooms - designed in
rich colours with liberal use of natural woods, stone finishes and
luxurious accents - provide the setting for prestigious business
presentations and events.
Guests - from an intimate dinner for 10 to a gala dinner for 200, and
receptions of up to 400 - can enjoy the highest quality of food as
presented at Equinox, the restaurant.
The name is derived from the ancient Sanskrit for "bowl". Located on
Level 70 is this 60-seat 'jewel'. Picture this: a stunning Murano
crystal and silver free-form chandelier covers the ceiling, creating
dazzling images and colours that sparkle and shine, complemented by a
breathtaking view of the ocean and faraway lands!
To match this awe-inspiring scene are chairs draped in hand-woven silk,
created by Royal Khmer weavers, which will vary in colours - like the
menu - according to the four seasons. Jaan's cuisine is inspired by
modern French cooking enhanced with delicate and exotic Khmer flavours
and scents - a truly delightful culinary combination.
(Jaan's sister restaurant was opened earlier this year at Raffles
L'Ermitage Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, U.S.A.)
Also on Level 70 is this intimate 53-seat lounge bar for discerning
patrons who prefer a luxurious, club-like atmosphere. The mood is
enhanced by a piano, accompanied by vocals.
The selection of prestige wines, spirits and cigars is complemented by
fine delicacies, including Raffles International Private Label Iranian
caviar. The ceiling comes alive with a sparkling galaxy of suspended
crystal spheres that create a continually changing kaleidoscope of
colour and light.
NEW ASIA BAR + GRILL
Here's where you get to enjoy a new slant on street food and sounds.
Located on Levels 71 & 72, this place is hot! This 180-seat two-storey
bar and dining place pulsates to the latest sounds. Vibrant colours and
unconventional furnishings - including floors that slant 20 degrees to
spectacular views - create a highly-charged atmosphere.
Guests get to enjoy two bars, crustacean and sushi stations as well as
four open Asian kitchens that offer sophisticated local and regional
New Asia's upper floor (Level 72) is an exclusive, reservations-only
area which offers fine prestige beverages in addition to a bird's eye
view of the action below. This is the highest point of Equinox where
you'll truly get that top-of-the-world feeling.
Equinox is located atop the I.M. Pei-designed Raffles City Complex which
also houses The Westin Plaza and Westin Stamford, Raffles City
Convention Centre, Raffles City Tower, Amrita Spa and over 70 retail
shops. Entrance to the Equinox complex is via the Beach Road entrance of
Raffles City, through IntroBar located on Level 1.
THE PEOPLE BEHIND EQUINOX
Ronald Loges, General Manager, joins Equinox, the complex, from Sir
Terence Conran's renowned stable of restaurants, where he was General
Manager of Quaglino's, the renowned restaurant complex in London and
more recently, General Manager of Mezzo, Conran's flagship and one of
Europe's largest restaurants set in London's West End.
Vladimir Scanu, Executive Chef, heads the Equinox culinary team of about
65 chefs. His extensive gastronomic experience includes a background of
One, Two and Three-star Michelin restaurants in Italy and Switzerland
and prestigious hotels in Mauritius, the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands
and most recently, Bangkok.
Philipp Mosimann, Operations Manager, previously worked in prestigious
establishments such as The Lanesborough and Claridges in London, Trianon
Palace in Versailles, Hotel de Crillon in Paris and Suvretta House Hotel
in St. Moritz.
This exciting new complex has been developed by Raffles International
Limited in consultation with the following consultants:
Joseph Baum & Michael Whiteman Co., (Concept and Planning consultants),
is an internationally recognised consulting firm that conceives and
Restaurant attractions around the world. Based in New York, their
high-profile projects include Windows on the World and Rainbow Room, the
Beverly-Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, The Regent of Sydney and Hotel
Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates (HPPA), (Design Architects), is an
internationally recognised planning, architecture and interior design
firm whose restaurant projects include Windows on the World and the
restored Rainbow Room, the Bryant Park Grill in New York and the Village
Eateries at the New York-New York Hotel in Las Vegas.
Architect 61 Private Limited is a Singapore-based firm whose
award-winning projects include Raffles City, Raffles Hotel, the Hotel Le
Royal and Grand Hotel d'Angkor (Kingdom of Cambodia)