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Ritz Carlton Afternoon Tea at Chihuly Lounge

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Recently, I was invited to sample the new Winter Afternoon Tea menu at Ritz Carlton. As you may already know, I hold the Afternoon Tea at Ritz Carlton in high regard. Ritz Carlton was one of the 1st few places where I first cut my teeth in food blogging. Wow, come to think of it, it has been 2.5 years! I recall I was so mesmerized by the creative display of desserts that I even split my blog post into 2 posts so that I could post more food pictures! I would have returned sooner, but having a blog meant that I also wanted to try out new places so as to be able to have more blog material. It’s been too long….too long.

I was told that Ritz Carlton changes the Afternoon Tea menu 4 times a year to suit the season. The day that I was there was the launch of the Winter Weekend Afternoon Tea. Available at Chihuly Lounge from 24 November 2012 to 24 February 2013, Executive Pastry Chef Terence Pang has created thirteen unique variations such as Sesame Nougat with Yuzu, Pistachio and Nougat Crème and Caramelized Chocolate Mousse with Parfait etc.

Ritz Carlton Chihuly Lounge Winter Afternoon Tea - Almond Cake with Caramel

Almond Cake with Caramel

Guests may also dine upon an assortment of sandwiches, scones and other savory dishes such as Maple Glazed Prosciutto wrapped Scallop and Sesame and Cajun Spiced Prawn Kebab with Glazed Pineapple.

What’s afternoon tea without tea, right? You can enjoy a range of over thirty blends of loose leaf teas from the Ronnefeldt tea collection featuring citrus-flavoured teas such as Morning Star and Roibosh lemon. Flavoured black teas – “Wild Cherries” and “Rose Tea with Petals”, are as refreshing as fruit-infused “Raspberry Royal” and “Strawberries with Yoghurt” teas. The most interesting thing about Ritz Carlton’s tea is that they put the teapots over a lighted burner! First hotel that I’ve come across that does this, and kudos to them for doing so because I just hate having to drink cold tea! And the tea will invariably become cold because it’s a huge pot!

Ritz Carlton Chihuly Lounge Winter Afternoon Tea - Chocolate Fudge Cake (3)

Chocolate Fudge Cake

Damn delicious! It wasn’t all just fudge, but had layers of actual cake. Not cloying (jelak) at all!

Best Afternoon Tea buffet places in Singapore

Recently, a friend asked for my suggestion as to the best place to have afternoon tea in Singapore. Specifically the English Afternoon Tea type, where she and her girly pals could giggle and gossip over pots of tea and unlimited dainty sandwiches. Three choices immediately came to mind, but it was quite hard to whittle it down to the top choice! And it really depends on personal preference in the end, but here are my top choices for the best English Afternoon High Tea places in Singapore. Click on the titles to go to the full posts.

No. 1 – L’Espresso at GoodWood Park Hotel – $38/pax

L’Espresso is my number 1 choice as it really is the best all rounder. There are lots of dainty finger sandwiches and canapes to choose from, all so delicious looking that I am seriously considering making a reservation this weekend as I type now. There’s a huge variety of cakes to choose from too. And most unique of all, there is free flow of Haagen Dazs vanilla ice cream. This last factor is my weak spot!  The one downside though, is that L’Espresso does not provide clotted cream with its scones.

L'Espresso (8)

No. 2 – Courtyard at Fullerton Hotel and Landing Point at Fullerton Bay Hotel – $42/pax

These 2 are sister hotels. I’ve only been to the afternoon tea buffet at Fullerton Hotel, but you get the exact same thing at Fullerton Bay Hotel too. At Fullerton Hotel, they first serve you a 3 tiered tray of scones, sandwiches and desserts. If you need 2nd helpings, or 5th helpings for that matter, the staff will top up your tray with the desired items. Fullerton scores very highly on my list because of its super delicious scones and generous serving of clotted cream! Also, the posh setting and huge velvety blue armchairs really make you feel like a tai tai. Let’s just hope someone else is paying the bill.

Courtyard 3-tier tea service

No. 3 – Chihuly Lounge at Ritz Carlton ($42/pax I think)

The afternoon tea at Chihuly Lounge also gets my thumbs up for serving up really creative dishes. You have to check out the decorations of the desserts in my previous post. Apparently the designs change frequently. The chefs are amazing! Afternoon tea at the Chihuly Lounge gives you the best of both worlds, it had dainty sandwiches, fried stuff like small spring rolls, samosas, and the European type desserts. Alas, once again, no clotted cream and the scones were blah. I’m afraid if you want good scones at a buffet, it seems quite an impossibility apart from the ones at Fullerton Hotel.

Chihuly Lounge @ Ritz Carlton

 

There you have it, my top 3 suggestions for good English afternoon high tea places. Anyone can be a tai tai for a day. Wait, everyone DESERVES to be pampered like a tai tai for a day, be it a man or a woman! Just eat $2.50 mixed rice for the next 5 days!

For where to find the best scones in Singapore, click here.




Best Scones in Singapore

After having eaten my way through so many scones in Singapore, I think it is fitting that I should perhaps do a compilation of all the places I have been to have scones in Singapore. Click on the links for an in-depth review the respective cafes/restaurants. I shall rate only the top 5 scones places.

Okay, where to find the best scones in Singapore…..drum roll please!

The BEST scones in Singapore award goes to….. Fullerton Hotel The Courtyard !!!!

No. 2 : Regent Hotel Lobby Lounge

Regent Hotel’s scones are also damn good. The best part about Fullerton Hotel and Regent Hotel’s scones is that not only are the scones good in their own right, they also provide clotted cream! You’re missing out if you haven’t tried scones with clotted cream!

No. 3 : The Knolls at Capella Sentosa

No. 4 : Oriole Cafe

No. 5 : TWG Tea @ Ion

 

No. 6 : Shangri-La Rose Verandah (sorry picture still pending…)

No. 7 : Dome Cafe @ Shaw House

The “Not the Best but still Quite Good” scones….

Conrad Hotel Executive Lobby

GoodWood Park Hotel L’Espresso

Hotel Intercontinental Lobby Lounge

Riders’ Cafe @ The Saddle Club

Cafe Beviamo @ Tanglin Mall and Paragon

The “Give It A Miss” Scone

Jams Cafe in Prologue Bookshop @ Ion

Ritz Carlton Chihuly Lounge




Afternoon Tea at Chihuly Lounge Ritz Carlton Singapore – Part 2

As promised, here are the rest of the photos from my Afternoon High Tea buffet at Ritz Carlton. You know what, I’m so impressed by the Afternoon Tea spread, I think I’m going to make another reservation for afternoon tea when the Partner returns. (That’s not to say that I’m going to be the one paying….)

Chihuly Lounge Ritz Carlton Singapore The Chihuly Lounge has a very bright and airy feel to it due to the glass walls and high ceiling. I love those big sofas but they are reserved for the big groups. Couples can also have the comfy grey sofa type seats.

Chihuly Lounge TablesWe had to sit at the tables because there were only 3 of us. The chairs are unfortunately not very comfortable because they are made for tall people. My back was unable to reach the back of the seat properly. But there is a trick to doing this. Ask the waitstaff for one of the cushions from the sofa seat, and the chair is instantly transformed!

Chihuly afternoon tea spread Savouries displayChihuly Fried Food CounterFried food!

Chihuly smoked salmon french loafSmoked Salmon, Caviar and Cabbage in mini French Loaf

Chihuly smoked chicken croissant Smoked Chicken Salad in Mini Croissant

Chihuly Parma Ham and CamembertParma Ham and Camembert in Sesame Bagel

Chihuly Stuffed Vine TomatoesStuffed Vine Tomatoes with Eggplant Caviar  – After googling, I realise eggplant caviar doesn’t contain fish eggs at all…..

Chihuly OtahSpicy Seafood Cake in Pineapple Chili Coulis – otherwise known as high-class otah!!!

Chihuly BegedelDeep fried Begedel (potato cake) with spicy soya dip

Chihuly Prawn and Cheese Wanton FrittersPrawn and Cheese Wanton Fritters

Chihuly Seafood BallsSeafood Balls

Chihuly Fruit SconesFruit Scones

Chihuly 1st round attackItems I picked for my 1st round (out of many rounds….)

Chihuly Blueberry Iced TeaYou can select a whole list of drinks from their menu as well. And when you are finished with your drink, you can order another one as many times as you like. I like ordering their iced teas. It’s almost like an artform. In the picture above, I ordered blue-berry iced-tea. It comes in 3 glasses rather than 1. One glass has the blue-berry concentrate, 1 glass has the tea, and 1 glass contains iced-tea ice cubes! How unique is that? The waitstaff then pour the tea out for you. Here I’ve stopped them from doing so to take the pictures.

Chihuly Sugar rocks Sugar rocks

Tell me if you agree that the Chihuly Lounge at Ritz Carlton serves one of the best afternoon tea buffets in Singapore?

Check out Part 1 of Chihuly Lounge Ritz Carlton’s afternoon high tea desserts and sweets

Check out 365days2play’s review where to find the Best Scones in Singapore

Also check out 365days2play’s reviews on other good places to have afternoon high tea : –

Goodwood Park L’Espresso

Regent Hotel Lobby Lounge

Hotel Intercontinental Lobby Lounge

Fullerton Hotel – The Courtyard

Capella Hotel Sentosa – The Knolls

Afternoon Tea at Chihuly Lounge Ritz Carlton Singapore

I’ll say it upfront, I am in love with the afternoon tea at the Ritz Carlton! The Ritz Carlton has got to have one of the best afternoon high teas in Singapore! It’s amazing I haven’t discovered this place until now. I am in awe of the creativity of the chefs at the Chihuly lounge. They must have put in a lot of thought into their beautiful dessert displays. Thank you. For this alone I am sure I will return for a second meal here. Scroll down to see pictures of the tempting desserts at Chihuly Lounge.

Chihuly Pink Lemonade Macaron Yes this is indeed a colourful macaron. They’ve put the pink lemonade flavouring separately so you don’t get a soggy macaron by the time you get to the desserts.

Chihuly Strawberry and rhubarb crumble

This looks so much like the seaside! It’s not sand you see, it’s brown sugar! And that’s strawberry and rhubarb crumble in the tiny bucket.

Chihuly Chocolate mousse cakeChcolate Tri – Chocolate mousse cake made out to look like little sail boats

Chihuly orange sunrise sponge Orange sunrise Chihuly pine apple sponge Pineapple Sponge

Chihuly afternoon tea dessert display Chihuly afternoon tea dessert display Chihuly afternoon tea dessert display

Some people start with dessert first, and so shall I. Shall return with the savouries in a while.

Check out Part 2 on Chihuly Lounge Savouries

Check out 365days2play’s review where to find the Best Scones in Singapore

Also check out 365days2play’s reviews on other good places to have afternoon high tea : – 

Goodwood Park L’Espresso

Regent Hotel Lobby Lounge

Hotel Intercontinental Lobby Lounge

Capella Hotel Sentosa – The Knolls



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