English Afternoon Tea @ L’Espresso, Goodwood Park Hotel

English Afternoon Tea at L’Espresso in Goodwood Park Hotel brings back many fond childhood memories. It has been mum’s and my favourite afternoon tea place for the longest time and always our usual space to spend some quality mother and daughter time with each other. L’Espresso in fact holds many such lovely memories for others as well, having been serving traditional English scones and delightful finger sandwiches since 1968. And even with so many hotels introducing high-tea buffets these days, L’Espresso has stood the test of time and remains till today, one of the more popular choices for the ladies.

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Recently, this chic and sophisticated cafe updated its daily English Afternoon Tea menu with new pastries, antipasti and even introduced a chocolate corner- making its already elegant appeal even more alluring and attractive. Their usual signatures of freshly baked scones, finger sandwiches and croissants are of course still on the list.

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I do not usually carbo-load at buffets but am willing to make an exception for the soft sandwiches and fluffy croissants here at L’Espresso. The highlights that afternoon were definitely the Prawn and Egg Salad croissant, Smoked Salmon with beetroot mousse and Caviar open-faced sandwich and Spicy Crabmeat Salad with Tobiko finger sandwich. I will not deny that they do fill you up fast, but wow are they sure worth the calories!

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Antipasti on display include a charcuterie selection with cuts of German Black Forest ham and Rosette salami but I must say that the Duck Rillette was one of the standouts and complimented the focaccia, ciabatta and crackers superbly well.

A small selection of hard, sharp and creamy cheeses and their accompaniments are also available.

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From the hot savouries, make a beeline for their smoked salmon crusted with herbs and breadcrumbs, dressed in horseradish cream. Crunchy exterior and with nice flaky flesh that had bits of saltiness, this plump fish was such a hit, it was gone within the first hour. I probably had a substantial part to play in it for being snapped up so quickly but am very sure that there were many others like me who also went for seconds and thirds!

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Other items include the simmering Braised Kurobuta Pork served with Hungarian sweet paprika Brioche, which was an absolutely comforting dish, while nibbles such as Chicken karaage, Fish Fingers, Cheese Croquettes with Squid are also for the taking. If you fancy something a little heavier and filling, go for options such as the Lasagnette with ratatouille, Shepherd’s pie or Seafood pie.

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And what is English Afternoon Tea without its scones and desserts? Diners are treated to a choice of Plain, Blueberry or Raspberry Scones with assorted jams, Devonshire clotted cream and butter. Alternatively, head towards the dessert corner for perennial favourites like Bread and Butter Pudding , Crème brûlée, Vanilla and Orange Panna Cotta, Earl Grey Cake or be adventurous and try their new items such as the Mango Yogurt Dream and Sago Gula Melaka.

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As mentioned earlier, L’Espresso has also introduced a new chocolate corner with a tall Chocolate Fountain paired with skewers of fruits and marshmallows, Chocolate Crunchy Hazelnut Domes, assorted Pralines and Truffles amongst other chocolate-based desserts. The selection is admittedly not exactly extensive but the quality of each item is good so rest assured you will not feel shortchanged at all.

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$45 per adult
$22.50 per child
Includes two servings of coffee and TWG tea.

$68 per adult
Includes a glass of Laurent-Perrier champagne

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Goodwood Park Hotel
22 Scotts Road
Singapore 228221
Tel: (65) 6737 7411

English Afternoon Tea:
Mon – Thurs: 2pm – 5.30pm
Fri – Sun & PH: 12noon – 2.30pm (1st seating)
3pm – 5.30pm (2nd seating)

Singapore

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