Peranakan High Tea @ INDOCAFE – the white house

INDOCAFE – the white house along Scotts Road is a rare breed of its own. Both a restaurant and cultural centre, this establishment seeks to preserve our heritage and tradition through food and appreciation of the arts. Having been to the restaurant at the beginning of this year for their CNY Peranakan-Inspired Feast, it was only fitting that I also paid a visit to their Arts & Cultural centre next door which hosts their daily High Tea experience together with dance & music performances and coffee appreciation workshops as well.

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Their Peranakan High Tea offered every day from 3-5.30pm, is not only about your usual cakes and scones. But yes, those are included as well. What’s truly special, is the inclusion of Nyonya savoury light bites that are miniature or canape versions of the dishes you can find at the restaurant. The items change regularly but you will definitely get 4 different types each time.

While we were there, we had the opportunity to try the Mini Steamed Penang Otah with Pan-seared Hokkaido Scallop which was a healthier version of our usual Otah but made more luxurious with a plump whole scallop sitting atop, the Kari Kapitan Tarlet with Idaho Potato Mousse– somewhat like a deconstructed take on curry puff, Kurobuta Buah Keluak on Crispy Man Tou– this one I really loved with its contrasting textures and robust flavour and Foie Gras Mousse Tartlet with a nice buttery crumbly crust.

These 4 savouries are non-refillable.

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Freshly baked scones (parmesan, chocolate chip or coconut) with jam and clotted cream- quintessential high tea items are offered on the 2-tiered display and are refillable as per request. Nyonya Kuehs such as Pulut Hitam, Kueh Jagung, Ang Ku Kueh and Kueh Salat are also on the menu but they are limited to 2 per diner.

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From the cakes and pastry section, it is all about macarons, cheesecakes and banana cakes. Worthy mentions include the Chili Chocolate Mousse Cake– especially charming with its Assam notes and creamy layers while the banana cake, which was moist and light. These are all refillable too.

Peranakan High Tea $34++ per person
With choice of coffee or tea

Sparkling High Tea $49++ per person
With a glass of Moscato d’Ast

Kopi Luwak High Tea $64++ per person
With a cup of rare 100% Wild Kopi Luwak

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But an afternoon here at the Arts & Cultural Centre of INDOCAFE is not complete without watching their traditional cultural performance which takes place from 3.30-4pm daily. Be entertained by the talented crew of musicians and dancers who will engage your visual and aural senses with their quick beats, dynamic but graceful dance moves and gloriously elaborate ethnic costumes. You can even snap a photograph with them after their performance for keepsake if you like!

This is a great place to keep in mind the next time you have overseas visitors in town or even just a girls get-together. It is serene, idyllic, a lovely respite from the crowds in town and best of all, convenient to get to by public transport.

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35/35A Scotts Road
Singapore 228227

Opening hrs:
10.30am – 6.30pm daily
(Arts & Cultural Centre)

Singapore

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