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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.
Afternoon tea is always a much welcomed affair with the ladies and it comes as no surprise that reservations for hotels offering a good buffet spread of pastries or gorgeous tiers of treats do not come easy. 10 Scotts at Grand Hyatt Singapore is no exception and you are advised to make your booking at least 2 days in advance. Priced at $43++ per person with a top-up fee for champagne, afternoon tea here is not exactly cheap, but is considerably one of the more affordable options especially in the heart of town.
I brought mummy here for an afternoon of luxury one day and was fortunate enough to get hold of a reservation at the first seating beginning at 12pm. Located at the lobby level of the hotel, the lounge greets with elegance and posh as do the polite and cheerful waitresses with a smile. Within seconds of waiting, we were led to our table and invited to pick our choice of tea, Dammann Freres no less.
Meanwhile, another server brought out a two tiered display of savouries- a nice mix of western and local delights. On the top tier, there were mostly ham & cheese and smoked salmon & cream cheese sandwiches among others, with prosciutto & pesto and goat cheese & anchovies on homemade toasted bread filling up the empty spaces on the tray.
The bottom tier held popiah, crab cake in remoulade sauce, curry puffs and a mozzarella salad. These items on the stands are all refillable and the waitresses are quick to offer to replace any items you may like once they notice that you have finished your portions. Plates are also changed efficiently in between items.
Named after ‘halia’, the Malay word for ginger, The Halia at Botanic Gardens- flagship restaurant of The Halia Group, is no stranger to many having been around for the last 10 years. Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Ginger Gardens in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the award-winning restaurant charms easily with its full-length glass windows that creates an optical illusion of dining at a fancy garden party without the associated humidity and mozzies.
We came here for their highly raved Weekend Afternoon Tea which has a ‘no-reservation’ policy. Choose between the air conditioned 32-seater dining room or get in touch with nature at their al fresco deck that beckons with its gentle breeze and warm sunlight. Either way, it promises to be an excellent dining experience.
Summer is upon us once again. This much embraced season by the locals of seasonal countries generally sees the tossing of the winter boots and coats, slipping into flip-flops, shorts and donning on a sun hat to hit the beach to get that long awaited tan. While here in Singapore, the change of the seasons is hardly significant to us apart from the monsoon that hits us at the end of the year, Chihuly Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton gives us a reason to celebrate the arrival of summer, with The Taste of a Mediterranean Summer, available only on weekends, from 1 June – 1 September 2013.
The extremely talented Executive Pastry Chef Terence Pang has done it again with ten whimsical desserts that reflect the exotic sandy Mediterranean beaches and made me (and possibly any other girl) squeal with delight as I laid eyes on the display of sweet treats which were undeniably downright appealing.
Nothing screams summer more than these gorgeous hot pink Rose Almond Sun Hat Cakes, fashioned out of fondant and intricately detailed with a matching colored ribbon, finished with a dainty little blue daisy flower for the complete look- a clear demonstration of Chef Pang’s meticulous nature. Taste wise, the soft cake sits on a flaky biscuit base which gives a crunchy bite for a contrast in textures. This might however be a tad sweet for those with a lower tolerance for sugared items. But take one all the same and share it, just because it is so pretty.
The Caramel Mediterranean Salt Truffle Pearl was my absolute favorite and if it were not so decadent, I would have had more than three. Sitting so delicately in oyster shells, one might even mistake these for the actual Pearl Oysters with the accompanying iridescent gemstone inside. But they are actually edible and much too indulgent to be left on display or worn as a piece of jewellery. Bite into the white chocolate casing and relish in the thick salted-caramel sauce that flows so deliberately into your mouth. Delish!
And because flip-flops or slippers are often synonymous with summer, these Seaweed Cake Sand-als pay tribute to that very relationship with an analogous model of the open-toed footwear with a matching green Y-shaped strap at the front. And yes they come in pairs like the actual thing but no you do not have to take both. The flavor of the seaweed was distinct with its subtly salty and organic taste which weaved in so naturally with the buttery biscuit crumbs that made up the cake. Too cute not to miss!
From the very same people who brought you Arteastiq Boutique Tea House, their newest foray into the local dining scene- MUSEO sports a decidedly swankier and classier appeal, incorporating both a restaurant and barroom with one of today’s most luxurious postal codes- Quayside Isle on Sentosa Island.
Pronounced as ‘MOO-ZAY-O’, which is Museum in Italian, MUSEO boasts of a ritzy interior, with rough-cut concrete walls, plush comfy seating as well as an integrated social painting studio (known as Art Jam at Arteastiq), a stunning view of the Marina and a picturesque sunset to boot. Accompanied by specially selected house music, MUSEO seeks to whisk you off into an idyllic respite where the mind can relax and the soul is at ease.
The first-of-its-kind, MUSEO presents a whole new dining concept of ‘Dine-In-A-Cup’ where signatures of Pan Roast Cod Fillet $33 and Two-way Lamb $35 are served in tasteful glass holders, adding on to the overall snazzy appeal of this place.
For a more intimate touch, diners are allowed to customize their very own Mezzanine set by choosing up to 4 out of 12 specially concocted Chef creations for $39. Alternatively, you could leave it to the expertise of Chef Yip and his team and order their Mezzanine Signatures, which includes 4 recherché selections for $38.
** Do note that these are tasting portions
The gimmicky concept of Specialty Tea Sets has also been brought over from Arteastiq and diners will recognise the similar presentation of the teapot, glass cup, biscotti and shot of syrup, all served neatly in a row on a dark wood tray with a tea menu which includes old favourites and new refreshing concoctions of Fruit, Floral and Ginger teas.