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Rose Veranda at Shangri-La (Sweets!)

This is a continuation of my recent visit to the Rose Veranda at Shangri-La. See http://365days2play.com/2011/12/19/rose-veranda-at-shangri-la-savouries/ for the write-up on the savoury afternoon tea items.

Shangri La Rose Veranda - Scones with Whipped Cream and Jam

The hallmark of a good afternoon tea service is good scones. The scones at Shangri-La passed the taste test. Slightly crisp and brown on the tops, yet buttery and flaky on the inside. To me, a scone can only be 100% perfect if it is served with clotted cream. Normal cream is served here unfortunately. It’s amazing that not many people know about clotted cream, but really, you’d never look back after you’ve tasted a scone with clotted cream and jam.

Shangri La Rose Veranda (10)

These were not available on the normal buffet and were instead served to all the guests present. Refreshing strawberry and rose sorbet with a jelly like substance on the side. A nice breakaway from the heavier items and they look pretty too!

Shangri La Rose Veranda (13)

Some cake also served individually to the guests.

Shangri La Rose Veranda - Chocolate Fountain

Chocolate fountain with lots of fruits and other items to dip. You could even dip the chocolate balls in more chocolate.

Shangri La Rose Veranda - Creme Brulee

Creme Brulee – Loved the creamy insides. Burnt sugar top was just a little bit too thick which made the creme brulee too sweet.

Shangri La Rose Veranda (8) Shangri La Rose Veranda (9) Shangri La Rose Veranda (12) Shangri La Rose Veranda - TWG Teas

The Rose Veranda has switched from whatever they were using previously to TWG teas now. No more Orange Pekoe. Each guest is allowed 2 tea selections out of a possible 164 choices.

The Rose Veranda at Shangri-La

Phone: (65) 6213 4486

Weekdays
Lunch spread (11.30am – 6pm)
Traditional English afternoon tea 3-tier set (3 – 6 pm)

Weekends and public holidays
High Tea Buffet (11.30am – 2.30pm, 3 – 6 pm)

http://www.shangri-la.com/en/property/singapore/shangrila/dining/restaurant/roseveranda

Clotted Cream Ice Cream

Today while perusing the newly renovated Marks & Spencer’s at Parkway Parade, I noticed that they were selling clotted cream ice cream, and in quite a few flavours too. I previously saw clotted cream ice cream available at Cold Storage, but the flavour was basically vanilla. Now you can get vanilla, and chocolate and strawberry and a few others at Marks & Spencer’s. Some people love it for its extra creamy taste. I busted $10 on the Cold Storage product, and didn’t like it in the end because the taste was too buttery for me. Imagine licking a icy cold piece of butter, urgh!!! I don’t think I’ll be trying the Marks & Spencer clotted cream ice cream in a jiffy, and especially since I really love Haagen Dazs’s macadamia nut ice cream, I’ll stick to that.

You try it, and let me know how it tastes.

Oriole Cafe & Bar

Calling out to all scone lovers out there, I’ve found another good place to have scones! And this time it doesn’t involve having to step into a posh hotel nor spend a fortune on it. In fact, these scones can be found right smack in the heart of Orchard Road. There’s no better reason to stop for a cuppa and some scones than a hard day’s worth of shopping, right???

Oriole Cafe - Scones with Jam and Clotted Cream

I present to you, Oriole Cafe’s scones! 3 raisin scones with Devonshire clotted cream and raspberry grappa jam for only $6.50, which means just over $2 per scone! This IS undoubtedly the cheapest scone deal I have come across! And for goodness sakes, you get clotted cream with it! It’s not the best clotted cream (it feels lighter than usual) but it’s clotted cream nonetheless! The scones are real tasty too. They’re light and airy and fresh. Paired with that cream and jam, and washed down with some good coffee, it’ll put a zing in your step so that you have enough energy for round 2 of shopping!

I hear Oriole Cafe makes a good cuppa but I have yet to try. In fact, the menu looks pretty interesting too. Too bad I was only there for a quick meeting with someone. Thanks Chek for introducing me to this place! Definitely going come back again soon to sample more of their dishes.

Oriole Cafe - Iced Lemon Tea

$5.50 Iced Lemon Tea – Not sweet enough. Hah, that’s usually the case when it is not pre-sweetened. I can never bring myself to pour in the entire contents of the sugar syrup pot…

Click here to see the best places in Singapore to get scones!

Oriole Coffee

96 Somerset Road #01-01 Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Map 

(It’s just opposite Brotzeit when you come out of the Somerset MRT station)

Phone: 6238 8348

Operating hours:

Mon-Sat 11:00 am – 11:00 pm ; Fri & Sat  11:00 am – 12:00 am ; Sun 10:30 am – 11:00 pm

9 Raffles Place #01-23/23A Republic Plaza I Map

Phone: 6438 3843

Operating hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

http://www.oriole.com.sg

Regent Hotel Weekend High Tea Buffet

I’ve always loved the 3 tiered service afternoon tea at the Regent Hotel Singapore on weekdays. Been there a number of times. It’s always nice to sit back and relax over a cuppa and have some nibbles. The reason why I liked Regent’s afternoon tea in particular is because of its delicious scones and clotted cream. Those of you following my blog will know that I go weak when I hear clotted cream being mentioned. Another reason why the Regent’s weekday afternoon tea is so good is because 1 tier is actually enough for 2 people, if you’re not too ravenous. Plus I always order the free flow of iced chocolate on the side.

Lately, I was reminded that Regent Hotel also serves afternoon tea during the weekends, buffet style, with a strong focus on British afternoon tea items like the various pies and sausage rolls. I immediately made reservations, only to be told that the next available spot would be 2 weeks later. Well, the 2 weeks later was last week. After having sampled what was on offer, I have to say that the experience is quite different from having the 3-tier afternoon tea on weekdays.

The buffet obviously has more food items to choose from. However, there were quite a number of misses, and a few hits. Most of the pies I felt were too dry. There was no visual appeal either as the yellow display lighting cast a horrible overcooked glow on the pies. The bread used in the sandwiches was hard, with the exception of the egg sandwiches. The dessert station featured no luscious looking chocolate cake. In my opinion, that’s a prerequisite for any self-respecting buffet! And horror of horrors, the scone was only so so. Even though I could have had as much clotted cream as I wanted, I didn’t do so because the scone wasn’t that great!

Interestingly, the best dish was the baked salmon. The salmon was so so so good. It was flaky, moist and full of flavour. The doneness was just right. Any less time in the oven and it would probably have been raw. And any longer in the oven and it would have been less flaky and moist. Delicious. I went back for 3 helpings!

Given a choice, I would prefer to go for the weekday 3-tiered afternoon tea. At least, every item on the 3-tiered stand tasted good.

Anyway….less talk and more pictures. Enjoy!

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - British Pies station

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Satay and Crab Curry Mantou station

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Dessert station

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Ice cream and waffles station

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Scone with clotted cream and jam (2)

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Scone with clotted cream and jam

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Lots and lots of clotted cream!!

Lemon curd, very traditional to the British. Probably what Kaya is to Singaporeans.

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Egg sandwich with caviar on top

The egg sandwich didn’t come with the caviar, but there is a huge bottle of it nearby so just help yourselves!

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Nibbles Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Roast Lamb and Baked Salmon

Roast lamb on the left and baked salmon on the right. Of all the things at the buffet, you MUST try the baked salmon! It’s DAMN GOOD!

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Crab Curry with Mantou

Crab curry with mantou. I just love fried mantous! Dip it in the curry and it’s so heavenly! Fried carbs, they appeal to me way too much!

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Mini Pavlovas

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Macarons

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Iced Chocolate

Don’t take the iced chocolate if you don’t want to fill yourself up too fast

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Cup of tea for you Madam Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Cuppa tea for you sir

As part of the high tea, you get a choice of 2 drinks, be it iced chocolate, teas and coffees.

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Homemade Gelato

Ice cream is “homemade”. This is nice, but nothing beats the free flow of haagen dazs ice cream at the Goodwood Park afternoon tea buffet!

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Afternoon Tea at The Knolls, Capella Sentosa

The Knolls - Scone with clotted cream and jam

Every year, I like to take a few days off to just enjoy life in Singapore. Usually, this involves us revisiting all the tourist attractions in Singapore. Singapore History Museum, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve, Bukit Timah Hill, Singapore Science Centre, Botanic Gardens, Sentosa, the lot. I really do think there is much to do in Singapore. Weather wise, you just have to be smart and select the most appropriate day and timing to go. Dress appropriately and arm yourselves with cold drinks and sandwiches, it is possible to feel as if you have been transported to some distant land.

This year, I had a high tea theme for my staycation. Okay, I lied. Every year the holiday involves me stuffing my face, but this year, we dispensed with the strenuous activities and simply just binged.

One of the places we visited was The Knolls at Capella Hotel in Sentosa. On weekdays, few places offer buffet afternoon tea, which is my usual preference. The Knolls offers a traditional 3 tier afternoon set. You can choose either the Peranakan Set or the English Tea Set. I think few Singaporeans will choose the Peranakan Set since we tend to associate that with local (and therefore cheaper) fare. The price for either is $38.

The Knolls - Three tier afternoon tea set The bottom tier comprised of 2 raisin scones and 2 magdaleines. The middle tier comprised of 2 egg sandwiches, 2 cucumber sandwiches and 2 sticks of olive wrap thingy. The top tier, the dessert tier in its brightest glory, comprised of a chocolate cake, an orange cake, 2 raspberry tarts and 2 glasses of chocolate mousse with sago pearls and strawberries.

The Knolls - Scone (2)The Knolls - Scone

On the side, you get a huge bowl of clotted cream, strawberry jam and strawberries. There was so much clotted cream, you could stuff yourself silly if you wanted to. I very nearly wanted to spread the clotted cream on each item I ate. Unfortunately, the clotted cream was not rich tasting so I only ate it with the scones. The clotted cream you can get get at the the afternoon tea at Fullerton Hotel or the Regent Hotel is so so much better. Luckily, the scones themselves were very nice. I wish I could have more. Next time, I’ll just order the scones. They cost only $3.50 per piece which is pretty reasonable considering Dome Cafe charges that much as well.

The Knolls (3) The Knolls - Egg Samdwich with sesame seed top (2) The Knolls - Egg Samdwich with sesame seed top

I liked the egg sandwiches very much. This is the 1st time I’ve ever seen egg sandwiches done in this manner. You’d be surprised how much extra flavour this simple egg sandwich had just with some additional sesame seeds and chives!

The Knolls (2)

The Partner didn’t like the chocolate mousse, however I thought it was great! The mousse had this mild yet sweet chocolate taste. There was some hidden ingredient, lemongrass I believe, which lent an Asian zing to the mousse. And the soft sago pearls gave the soft chocolate mousse some texture and bite. Wish I could have more of this too!

The Knolls - Decademt Chocolate Cake and Orange Cake (2)

The chocolate cake looked great, but tasted only average. It was also slightly dry. Quite disappointed with this actually. I feel that a good afternoon tea must involve great scones and great chocolate cake. If restaurants miss those 2, they should seriously sack the pastry chef.

The Knolls - Decademt Chocolate Cake and Orange Cake

The orange cake was thankfully nicer than the chocolate cake. It had a rich sticky syrup enveloping it. If you remember, I made a light orange cake for Christmas. this is the exact opposite. The heavy type, when you need some comforting.

The Knolls - Cup of Gryphon Tea

The tea was very nice. We were given a menu to choose a tea of our choice. Think we chose the 1st one, which has hints of rose in it. Lovely! Only thing is, The Knolls only allows you to have 1 pot of tea, refillable with hot water only. The Knolls uses tea from the Gryphon brand, which is one of my favourite tea brands. Did you know that Gryphon and TWG were both developed and are headquartered in Singapore?

The Knolls Tea Counter

The Knolls Welcome to The Knolls!

Conclusion: On the whole, the whole afternoon tea experience was nice. The surroundings was lush and peaceful. We were practically the only ones there, apart from the guests lounging at the pool. It was wonderful sipping tea overlooking the pool and the sea. Taste-wise, the scones were great, and so was the chocolate mousse. Everything else was pretty average. I didn’t like it that I was limited to only 1 tea selection. For $38, I thought it was pretty expensive. Don’t forget, you have to pay an additional $5 to enter Sentosa Island.

The afternoon tea at Fullerton Hotel is also 3 tier, but at $42, you get 2nd helpings or 3rds if you so wish. Regent Hotel also offers a 3 tier afternoon tea with tea or iced-chocolate (the ice chocolate is refillable!) at $35 or $38 can’t remember. For less hassle and fantastic clotted cream, I’d go for Regent Hotel over The Knolls.

In terms of decor, I would also choose Fullerton Hotel and Regent Hotel over The Knolls. Some how, the decor at The Knolls doesn’t blend in with the idea of afternoon tea. Where are the comfy sofas and soft carpets?

Click here for pictures of Capella Hotel Sentosa

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)

Goodwood Park L’Espresso

Regent Hotel Lobby Lounge

Hotel Intercontinental Lobby Lounge

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

Check out Sister Hotel Fullerton Bay Hotel’s Lobby Lounge known as Landing Point.

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