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InterContinental Singapore Lobby Bar

I never like to spend my weekend in a harried way if I can help it. One of my favourite activities is to sit down over a drink and watch the world go by (as if you didn’t already know that from reading all my previous blog posts). But the question is, where is the best place to have a relaxing cuppa? A place that has good seats, preferably the sofa type, and a place that isn’t crowded. The 1st thought that comes to mind invariably is some cafe or restaurant, but I think one type of place that has been overlooked is the hotel lobby bar.

Yes I know, hotel lobby bar, sounds expensive. That’s true, but sometimes it pays to pay. Yesterday, after a hard evening’s worth of eating, we were in the Bugis area and we just so happened to need a place to relax some more. We went past Food For Thought on North Bridge Road, but there was some massive frying thing going on which made it almost impossible to breathe, so we had to give it a miss. By the way, Food For Thought is moving to the Singapore Botanic Gardens. 3rd September 2011 is the last day of operations on North Bridge Road.

The InterContinental Hotel in the distance beckoned to us, and we heeded the call. I’ve always loved stashing out at the InterContental Lobby Bar. Their afternoon tea is pretty good too. Have you seen the sofa seats? They are huge! One entire sofa just for the 2 of us, plus 2 more cushy armchairs for our bags. And a generous heap of cushions you could hide a small child behind.

Hotel InterContinental - Iced Chocolate

The drinks were of course expensive, nothing goes for less than $10. Coffees and pots of tea start at about $13. But here’s the trick, try and order the largest drink you can think of, and you pay less per sip :) . Something iced tends to look bigger and we hit pay dirt by ordering the iced-chocolate which costs $13. The iced-chocolate was really delicious too. Thick, chocolatey and sweet enough. We were in chocolate and sofa heaven, with no one else to disturb us since all the tables are spaced far enough.

For $13+++, I would consider it money well spent for great service, a great drink and great comfort, in pretty surrounding too. And if you come at the right time, you get to enjoy melodies from the pianist or harpist. If you are there during their happy hour of 6-8pm daily, you get to enjoy martinis at $10 nett.

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Sorry, all the photos are taken without me having to unmould myself from my seat.

Well now you know the secret to where to find the best place to relax, but please, don’t tell anyone else!

Check out my previous post on Hotel Intercontinental’s weekend high tea

 

InterContinental Singapore

80 Middle Road
Singapore 188966
Tel: +65 6338 7600, Fax: +65 6338 7366
E-mail:
singapore@interconti.com

http://www.singapore.intercontinental.com

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




Hotel Intercontinental Weekend High Tea

I think everyone can tell by now that I just love going for afternoon tea and discovering new cafes. One of the afternoon high teas I like is at Hotel Intercontinental’s lobby. It is quite similar to the Rose Verandah at The Shangri-La Hotel and L’Espresso at Goodwood Park Hotel in that it focuses on Western afternoon tea items.

Those who like a huge spread will not like these places, but the novelty of dining in such places is that the setting makes you feel so relaxed, as if you are not in Singapore. If you’ve been to Hotel Intercontinental, you will know that most of the seats are the sofa type, so it was great to be able to lounge on the sofa nibbling away. Between the 2 of us, we had 2 huge sofas plus 2 arm chairs. I sat on each one throughout the course of the high tea. Hee hee!

HotelIntercontinental Afternoon tea items

HotelIntercontinental afternoon tea items Free flow of lamb chops was reason enough for the Partner to give the thumbs up to Hotel Intercontinental. As for me, I think I emptied half the tureen of asparagus cooked in cheese.

HotelIntercontinental jam donut with more jam

Jam donut with 2 scones Two types of scones (1 fruit scone and 1 plain scone), plus sugar jam donuts.

HotelIntercontinental made to order sandwichesI think the made to order sandwiches will surely please. I haven’t seen that at any other afternoon tea buffet that I’ve been to. They have a whole selection of condiments like smoked meats, smoked salmon, ham, cucumbers, pickles, caviar cream and a whole lot more I can’t remember now.

HotelIntercontinental chef

Just tell the chef what you want and the type of bread and they will prepare the sandwiches for you.

HotelIntercontinental hot chocolate

Hot Chocolate Free flow of premium coffees, teas and hot chocolate.

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Read about my reviews on other excellent Afternoon Tea places in Singapore

Ritz Carlton Chihuly Lounge – Part 1 (Sweet)

Ritz Carlton Chihuly Lounge – Part 2 (Savoury)

Regent Hotel Lobby Lounge

Hotel Intercontinental Lobby Lounge

Fullerton Hotel The Courtyard

L’Espresso at The Goodwood Park Hotel

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

InterContinental Singapore

80 Middle Road
Singapore 188966
Tel: +65 6338 7600, Fax: +65 6338 7366
E-mail:
singapore@interconti.com

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