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Christmas Afternoon Tea at The Regent Singapore

Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you managed to have a great celebration together with loved ones and friends! Christmas is undoubtedly my favourite time of the year and I really wish it were 12 days long instead of just one! I love all the Christmassy decorations, the “colder” weather, the festive atmosphere and of course, PRESENTS!

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Every year as is tradition with The Partner and I, we like to go for a nice Christmas meal outside. The last few years we have always gone to The GoodWood Park Hotel for their Christmas day buffet lunch, but we decided to say enough is enough when prices got way over $100 per pax. Yeah, I mean I can understand that restaurants jack up prices during Christmas, but to pay double what they would normally charge, you gotta wonder whether it would be more worth it to enjoy the buffet on a normal day, then you can have it twice!

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So I thought I would have to forgo the restaurant festivities this year, when I thought of a good plan. Did you know that apart from Christmas lunch and Christmas-Eve dinner, there is also Christmas afternoon tea buffet? Christmas afternoon tea buffet was exactly what we went for today, at the Regent Hotel. Instead of paying well over $100, we just paid $65++ per pax for an equally enjoyable Christmas lunch! Yes, the afternoon tea was served in 2 seatings, so we took the earlier seating from 12-2.30pm. The afternoon tea buffet is obviously not as lavish as what you would expect for a lunch buffet, but it was still lavish enough that I barely sampled half the items at the buffet! I’m definitely going for the Christmas afternoon tea buffet next year if given the choice. I hope that me letting this secret out won’t cause prices to inflate!

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Best Iced Chocolate and Iced Coffee

It’s Monday today everybody!!! Hope you’ve had a great start to the week cuz it’s bloody hot outside! I’m so glad I can retreat to the confines of an air-conditioned room and I hope you can too. My sympathies to those who work at the open-air road shows, teachers teaching in non-air-conditioned classrooms etc, I hope you have a cool drink with you. Tourists, do yourselves a favour and try not to come to Singapore during the hot months. May, June and July are always killers in terms of heat. If Singaporeans already feel like melting, are melting in this heat, what chance do you stand if you’re from a temperate country? Come back again in December, that would be my most sincere advice!

I suppose the companies selling air-cons must be doing a roaring trade. In this heat, even fans are no match! It’s a wonder how I even managed to survive primary school and secondary school. I don’t recall it to have been that sweltering.

If you can’t escape the heat, I guess the next best thing to do would be to arm yourselves with a nice ice cold drink. Here are some suggestions for iced chocolate or iced coffee. Helps to tide you through the Monday Blues too!

Iced Cafe Mocha $6.50 from Toby’s Estate

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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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Regent Hotel Afternoon Tea

One of my favourite places to have English high tea is at the Lobby Lounge of Regent Hotel. The place is really quiet on weekdays and I managed to get a sofa seat  even though there were only 2 of us. Hardly anyone walks past this area because it’s not near the reception area, so it’s suitably secluded for a peaceful afternoon.

Afternoon Tea at Regent Hotel - View of the main seating area

For $36, they will serve you their standard afternoon tea items on a 3-tiered stand. Although you cannot choose what items go into the stand, I’ve been there twice and had no complaints. On our second visit (picture attached), the top tier consisted of the light items like salmon slice, egg sandwiches. The middle tier was my favourite because of all the savoury pastries like meat pie and cheese scones. Also included in the set is free flow of coffee, tea (various types) or iced-chocolate.

The items on the 3-tiered stand may not look like much especially when compared to a buffet afternoon tea, however we were extremely full after sharing 1 set plus an addition order of free-flow iced-chocolate for $12.

Oh, one thing very special about the Regent Hotel Lobby Lounge? As far as I know, it is one of the few places, if not only place in Singapore, that serves afternoon tea with CLOTTED CREAM! Imagine that!

Afternoon Tea at Regent Hotel - The 3 tier stand

The 3-tiered tea stand

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The desserts

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There are 2 types of seats to choose. If you choose the sofa seats, you have to contend with eating from a low table. This is not a problem if you plan to while the time away slowly, savouring every minute. There are also table seats, which facilitates eating. But of course this means you have no sofa to sink into after you have overloaded on the food. In my opinion, the best table seat there is is the one in the corner next to the bookshelves. From that vantage point, you are able to watch the world go by from a distance without being disturbed yourself. This angle was also where we took all our pictures.

Do make your reservation in advance, especially on the weekends or you might be relegated to the “Foyer tables”. Those are the tables literally along the corridors, beyond the carpeted area!

Apr 18, 2010 @ 23:46


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 Tea Lounge

Goodwood Park L’Espresso

Hotel Intercontinental Lobby Lounge

Fullerton Hotel The Courtyard

Regent Hotel Singapore Tea Lounge

Afternoon Tea: 12 noon-6:00pm (Mon-Fri)

High Tea Buffet: 1:30pm-5:30pm (Sat & Sun)

For reservations:
T. +65 6725 3245 / +65 6725 3245
Email: tealounge.rsn@fourseasons.com

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