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Ritz Carlton Summer Afternoon Tea 2013

I’ve been a fan of Ritz Carlton’s Afternoon Tea for the longest time and after my cousin asked me to recommend me great places to have afternoon tea in Singapore, I started to have cravings again. Yes I know the last time I had afternoon tea at Ritz Carlton was but a mere 6 months ago, but for an afternoon tea lover like me, that just feels like decades ago. Besides, back in December, it was the Winter afternoon tea menu that we tried. It’s Summer already for god’s sakes!

For the uninitiated, Ritz Carlton Singapore’s Chihuly Lounge changes their afternoon tea menu four times a year to suit the four seasons. It’s all about getting inspiration from the produce of the season as well as the weather of course. And what better way to celebrate summer than to have a Mediterranean theme for the Summer Afternoon Tea. (I have a good mind to ask Four Seasons Hotel if their afternoon tea is inspired after the four seasons as well, ha!)

The Mediterranean afternoon tea theme is best showcased by their desserts, so let me first tempt you with the dessert pictures. Don’t get me wrong though, I was a good girl and ate the savouries first before hitting the dessert table. Actually, I’m the sort who has to have the main course first before dessert. And I can’t just have desserts as the main meal. I’ll feel as if I haven’t had lunch/dinner, even if I’m busting from the cake I just consumed. Interestingly, as long as I’ve had the mains first, I can go on to dessert and back to savoury again, if we’re talking about a buffet setting. Smile

Ritz Carlton Afternoon Tea - Ivoire Mousse with Candied Orange (2)

Ivoire Mousse with Candied Orange

Ritz Carlton Afternoon Tea - Shell Shaped Macarons with Olive Butter (2)

Shell Shaped Macarons with Olive Butter

These were really delicious macarons! Light and airy meringue casings sandwiched together with an interesting olive butter. There was just a tad too much olive butter to my liking but otherwise, the macarons tasted fantastic. Neither were they overloaded with sugar, like how most macarons are. You know what’s the best part? You can eat 10 if you want to because it’s a buffet!! Probably the most value-for-money macarons ever!

Ritz Carlton Afternoon Tea - Seaweed Cake

Seaweed Cake

I don’t usually eat cakes with fondant, but these were too good to resist. Aren’t they cute? I’ve yet to come across a seaweed cake before. This tasted like a somewhat heavier than usual sponge cake with seaweed flakes all over. Delicious!

Ritz Carlton Afternoon Tea - (38)m

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Rose Veranda at Shangri-La (Savouries)

The Rose Veranda at Shangri-La used to be my favourite place for afternoon tea. It was also the 1st place that got me acquainted with the concept of “afternoon tea”. In previous years, the afternoon tea would come with unlimited servings of their one-hundred-and-one different types of teas. It was always a treat to be presented with the maroon-coloured velvety tea menu. I’d mostly go for the safe types like English Breakfast (ha!) but just the idea that one could have a hundred other options brought about visions of opulence.

However, after the renovation, prices have increased slightly, and they NO LONGER offer unlimited servings of the 101 teas!!! What a let down! It’s just a choice of 2 teas per person now, just like any other afternoon tea place that you find nowadays. Shucks. It’s not like I can drink a hundred pots of teas, but the very idea of having so much choice makes me feel differently!

Anyway, the place still looks posh, the food still is good so we still had a pretty good time at the Rose Veranda.

Shangri La Rose Verandah - Seating Area

Shangri La Rose Verandah (12)

High Tea at The Rose Veranda. This is the maroon velvety menu I was talking about

Shangri La Rose Veranda  - Pot of Tea

I like to choose strong teas, with English Breakfast being one of my all time favourites. Yes I’m traditional. Large pots of teas are nice, but the teas tend to grow cold if you can’t drink up fast enough. All the teas served are now from TWG. The Partner was a bit miffed by this because his favourite Orange Pekoe was now no longer available and probably impossible to find in the whole of Singapore.

Shangri La Rose Veranda - Potato and Leek Soup

Potato and leek soup – So very English! It’s interesting how potatoes can be incorporated into a soup but I’ve always loved a potato based soup. So comforting and simple. The leek taste wasn’t very strong, and the soup was smooth enough so that there weren’t any gritty bits of potato stuck in the throat.

Shangri La Rose Veranda (5)

Come to think of it, the afternoon tea buffet at the Rose Veranda has a lot of Asian dishes. No wonder Shangri La Rose Veranda is such a popular choice amongst the Japanese Tai Tais! Never fail to see at least one group of Japanese ladies, if not more, each time that I am there!

You can take as much sushi as you want, but the salmon sashimi is limited to one plate per table. We managed to get away with 2 plates 🙂

Shangri La Rose Veranda (11)

The fried noodles and chicken are okay. Not exactly what I would expect in a posh afternoon tea place.

Shangri La Rose Veranda - Finger Nibbles

Variety of finger sandwiches are also rather limited. I guess I was expecting a more “English” type of afternoon tea.

Shangri La Rose Veranda - Main Buffet Counter

What they lack in variety for the “English tea items”, they more than made up in variety of dishes in totality.

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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.




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

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