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The Westin Singapore pulls out all stops with their newly launched Afternoon Tea of Seafood and Champagne. Fancy a three course set featuring a whole poached Canadian lobster and two freshly shucked oysters, a three-tiered platter of seafood delights and canapés, and ending it all off with an assortment of sweet treats such as eclairs, chocolates and cakes. Complimented by a stunning view of the Marina Bay at level 32, I dare say that this Afternoon Tea is by far one of the most luxurious and decadent ways to spend with that special someone. The icing on the cake is that this entire three course tea set including two glasses of Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label is $85++. Top up to $130++ if you want the whole bottle to make the occasion even more memorable.
Our first course as mentioned earlier was all about the cold seafood. A whole poached Nova Scotia Lobster rustically presented in its shell, simply prepared to allow the natural sweetness of the lobster meat to shine through- a little firm, yet tender with a good bite, 1/2 a shell each was definitely not enough! The shucked Oysters paired with three different sauces too were nicely plump and delightfully slippery, complete with a salty finish and sweet notes. We were only on the first platter but already very much impressed.
Anti:dote Lounge, located at the lobby of Fairmont Singapore is one of the newest and most stylish cocktail bars to open on our island. Known for both their experimental mixology techniques and modern tapas by two extremely talented and young craftsman and chef, this snazzy lounge has become the place to be at and to be seen in. And most recently, Anti:dote has upped the ante by launching an All-New Afternoon Tea Experience that is simply charming, chic and practically everything you can dream off for an indulgent sweet afternoon with the ladies.
For starters, the canapes, scones, finger sandwiches and the usual suspects are presented sophisticatedly in an elegant leather-clad white jewellery drawer-chest (because three tier displays are so yesterday). Simply a treasure trove of goodies and treats. Every “drawer” you pull out reveals a whole different set of sweet and savoury surprises.
Tiong Bahru Bakery first made its foray into our local cafe scene in collaboration with Spa Esprit Group two years ago and fast earned the title of the ‘best croissant in Singapore’ as dubbed by many media heavyweights and food critics. The man behind this successful bakery and its baked goods made from traditional French techniques, is none other than celebrated French baker Gontran Cherrier. Two years later, he is back again in Singapore to introduce more delectable goodies for the fans of Tiong Bahru Bakery.
This humble bakery which used to pack in the crowds since the day they opened their doors at the corner of Eng Hoon Street in the hipster enclave of Tiong Bahru (hence its ‘heartland’ name) has also since launched two more outlets at Raffles City and Tangs Orchard as an answer to the demands for Gontran’s well-loved breads and viennoiseries.
First up on their new menu is the Panini Lunch Set $9.90 which comes with a choice of either Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese or Bacon and Mushroom Curry. We tried both paninis and thoroughly enjoyed the classic combinations of those ingredients put together. The former was my personal favourite while the latter though delightful barely had a hint of curry spice flavour. We think that calling it a Bacon and Mushroom Panini would suffice and it would still be as popular. Each panini also comes with a side of Caesar salad freshly tossed with croutons, bacon and parmesan cheese and so well-dressed that even those adverse to salads would be happy wolfing this down.
Also new are these two hot dog viennas- Spicy Pork Hotdog with Black Sesame Vienna and Chicken Hotdog with Pepper Vienna $5.30 each. While the price may be a tad steep for plain ol’ hotdog buns, these are actually hardly plain and neither are they run-of-the-mill. For starters, its hearty size is almost justification enough for its price, next would be the fluffiness of that sesame/pepper bread and finally how the thick overlaying melted cheese ties it all together so beautifully. The chicken one actually packs a punch with its subtle spread of dijon mustard while the pork hot dog tasted somewhat like smoked cured chorizo.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.