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Grand Copthorne Afternoon Tea–Most value for money afternoon tea!

Let’s face it, having afternoon tea in Singapore in a nice comfortable setting such as a hotel doesn’t come cheap. A few dainty morsels perched on a three-tier tray plus a few cups of tea would normally set you back by about $30 – $40 per pax. So I was quite shocked to discover that Grand Copthorne’s afternoon tea costs only $38++ in total for TWO pax, with free flow coffee/tea!

Grand Copthorne Waterfront Afternoon Tea (4)

Look at this afternoon tea set, comprising fried chicken wings, dumplings, tuna croissants, salmon sandwiches, chicken pies, cakes, macarons, éclairs and nyonya kueh, it’s quite substantial for afternoon tea right??? I did a quick poll of some of my friends and they guessed that this would cost $40 per pax! Granted the nibbles may not be the most expensive of items (ie not foie gras etc), but still, I really do think this is a good deal.

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Mandarin Orchard Triple Three–Hokkaido Harvests limited time only buffet!

If you’re looking for a great sushi and sashimi buffet where you can eat to your heart’s content, you are in luck because from 19 – 30 Oct 2016, Mandarin Orchard Triple Three’s buffet will feature goodies specially flown in from Hokkaido. You’ll be able to savour sashimi such as Ebi (Shrimp), Hamachi (Yellowtail), Taraba-gani (King Crab), Shirotsubu Sakamushi (White Top Shell), Zuwai Gani (Snow Crab) and bowls of Hokkaido Chirashi, amongst its usual buffet favourites.

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There are also cooked items from Hokkaido such as Japanese Wagyu Beef, Hokkaido Beef Curry, Madara Agedashi Shirako (Deep Fried Codfish Sperm), flavourful Hokkaido Ramen Noodles, sizzling teppanyaki, Onsen Tamago with Uni (Soft Boiled Egg with Sea Urchin) and even Hokkaido Cheese tarts!

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Free flow Foie Gras and Wagyu beef at Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel’s Borderless Sunday Brunch Buffet!

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These days with so many F&B restaurants sprouting up just about every other day, it’s not enough to simply serve decent food. Each F&B needs to boast its own unique selling point to entice customers to give it a try, and to keep them coming back. This is probably even more pertinent for buffets, where it costs a pretty penny to enjoy one, so people tend to be even more discerning.

Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Borderless Sunday Brunch (15)

I think Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel’s Borderless Sunday Brunch might have just hit on a winning formula via these 4 areas. Btw they call it borderless because you get to experience 3 different F&B outlets in 1 buffet, ie

  • Food Capital buffet restaurant – a buffet only restaurant on other days
  • Grissini Italian Grill Restaurant – specialising in antipasti and hearty Italian favourites, not forgetting the Josper Grill meats
  • Tempo Bar – signature cocktails

1. Free flow Foie Gras and Wagyu Beef

Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Borderless Sunday Brunch (50)

Yes I kid you not. The rest of the buffet offerings is not as extensive as the name suggests, but then again, do you need an extensive buffet spread if you already have foie gras and wagyu beef in unlimited quantities????

2. Grilled meats from Josper Oven

Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Borderless Sunday Brunch (56)

Speaking of the Josper Oven, that itself is another reason to check out Grand Copthorne’s buffet. The Josper Grill to chefs is like a Ferrari to car lovers. The Josper oven combines an oven and grill in one and is fired by charcoal and flavoured wood to bring out the aroma and texture of the ingredients.

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Janice Wong Restaurant at the National Museum–Exquisite plated desserts!

Attended the Margaret River Gourmet Escape pre-launch event held last week at the newly opened Janice Wong Singapore. Before I delve into the details of the Margaret River Gourmet Escape (happening on 18 – 22 November 2016, tickets available here), here’s a quick sneak peek into the fantastical desserts that Janice Wong has conjured up at her second outlet in Singapore, which she will also feature at the festival. Btw, the restaurant at the National Museum sees Janice Wong expanding her culinary repertoire by introducing mains to the menu. Yes, the menu offers savoury items, although it seems limited to noodles and xiao long baos mainly.

Margaret River Gourmet Escape - Breakfast in Singapore (Pandan Kaya ice cream, pistachio crumble, cake, coconut textures) $19

Breakfast in Singapore (Pandan Kaya ice cream, pistachio crumble, cake, coconut textures) $19

This dessert had me nearly scraping a hole into the plate to reach the last tasty drop. The pandan kaya and coconutty flavours were really pronounced, and it was a nice way to enjoy “kaya toast” in an icy cold manner.

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Afternoon Tea at Axis Bar & Lounge, Mandarin Oriental Singapore

Prior to my maternity leave, I had envisioned myself being the modern mum and being able to bring baby out to enjoy afternoon tea once in a while. Reality struck after the baby arrived and the dream hasn’t happened yet. He has however visited his fair share of Yakuns and ToastBox because 1/2 hr is all he can take before he gets bored and wants a change of scenery.

Couple of months back, I did manage to take some time off on the weekend from motherly duties to have a cuppa with my colleagues at the Axis Lounge Mandarin Oriental. The afternoon tea was average, a little on the pricey side given that the food is non-refillable but the company and being able to take a breather from the confines of the house was priceless.

Here’s what we had. What you see in the pictures are for 3 pax. Axis Lounge combines the food instead of serving 3 tier sets individually to customers.

Axis Lounge Afternoon Tea (10)


Axis Lounge Afternoon Tea (3)


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