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Rendezvous Grand Hotel Singapore Afternoon Tea

*Media Invite*

I haven’t had English Afternoon Tea for the longest time. It was a pleasant surprise when Ms Christina Tan, Marketing Manager of Rendezvous Grand Hotel Singapore after reading about my Afternoon Tea exploits, kindly kindly extended an invitation to me and to fellow blogger PXDKITTY.

Having afternoon tea always puts me in a good mood. One gets to delight in the beautiful chinaware used, the exquisite little morsels of cakes and finger sandwiches, and the girly company. For some reason, I cannot imagine 2 men having afternoon tea together.

It was particularly delightful to learn that the English Afternoon Tea at Rendezvous Grand Hotel costs only $18.90. Compared to the approx $32 Afternoon Tea at Regent Hotel or $38 at The Knolls Sentosa, the one at Hotel Rendezvous is a steal! Rendezvous Grand Hotel does not provide free flow of coffee or tea (just the 1 cup), but it’s still good value!

You may not know this but Rendezvous Grand Hotel has recently undergone a major Renovation, including a name change from the previous Hotel Rendezvous. The Palong Bar, located on the 1st floor of the hotel and where we had our Afternoon tea, looks sleek yet comfortable.

Rendezvous Hotel Palong Bar - Afternoon Tea 3-tier service (2)

Three tiers of finger sandwiches, savoury pastries and desserts!

Rendezvous Hotel Palong Bar - Various Desserts

Dessert was my favourite tier so I shall start talking about the dessert items first!

  • Paris Brest (hazelnut cream)
  • Macaroon (chocolate, orange or lemon)
  • Cheese cake
  • Tiramisu
  • Raspberry mousse

Those chocolate and lemon macaroons were fantastic. I wish there were more of them. The sweet filling sandwiched by 2 crisp layers of wafers, they were almost melt in the mouth. They are smaller than usual so I crunched them up whole. Delicious!

Rendezvous Hotel Palong Bar - Tiramisu

The other notable items were the raspberry mousse cake, the chocolate cake and the tiramisu. I like my tiramisus to be as moist as possible with more cake rather than mousse. I don’t mind if it’s swimming in the liquor actually! The tiramisu at Hotel Rendezvous had just the right ratio of liquor, cake and mousse.

Rendezvous Hotel Palong Bar - Raspberry mousse

The raspberry mousse cake was light and sweet without being cloying. Once again, there was more cake than mousse, which is really how I prefer it.

Rendezvous Hotel Palong Bar - Durian Pengat

Christina is a huge fan of durian. After she got us on that topic, and we realised that Hotel Rendezvous makes its own Durian Pengat, we just had to try it even if it wasn’t included in the Afternoon Tea Set! It was smooth and tasty with just the right amount of sweetness. I wouldn’t mind a more intense durian flavour if that could be possible.

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Canelé Pâtisserie Chocolaterie

Feel so depressed watching the market drop drop drop. I thought I was good at analysing, but apparently not. I almost don’t care anymore (yeah right), so that’s why I’m here, trying to forget it all. Might as well blog about my latest find in the food arena, if I cannot advise in the financial.

Yeah anyway, after exhausting all our dinner options at Raffles City, we decided to go back to Canelé Pâtisserie Chocolaterie. The reason for the hesitation is that Canele strikes us as a rather expensive place to dine at. Have you seen the price of their cakes??? Those tiny exquisite little things cost like $7,$8,$9 !!! They may be well worth the price, but because of that, it makes one feel like Canele is for Fridays and the Weekends rather than for a mere Tuesday.

Well, we were pleasantly surprised. The menu $ is actually no different from that of the Coffee Club and TCC. The stews are going at about $12.50-$16.50, the sandwiches at about $13.50-$15.50 and the pastas at about $12-$17.50. The menu selections on the other hand, is a breath of fresh air, when compared to the other eating establishments of this price range. As mentioned, they have stews. But what I like are their interesting selection of sandwiches and their Crepes. I tried the Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Egg sandwich which was very nice. The foccacia bread had a very generous helping of eggs and smoked salmon in it. But if you really want GENEROUS, try the Smoked Salmon and Cream cheese Crepe. I tried that some months back and seriously, I have never had so much smoked salmon before in one sitting!! I could not finish the crepe myself!

Definitely am going to make another trip there in the near future, before it gets crowded when everyone finds out that it’s actually not so expensive to dine there, as long as you don’t order the chocolate cakes! In fact, drink tea instead. One order gives you a nice pot of tea that can be shared between 2.

Check out the menu here. You can find Canele in several locations, namely Paragon, Raffles City, Robertson Walk and Shaw Centre.

~Update 23 May 2010~

Canele at Raffles City is currently closed. In fact, half the restaurants at Raffles City basement are closed for some sort of renovations. It is scheduled to be reopened in September 2010. As to whether Canele has closed down for good at Raffles City, or only temporarily, is anyone’s guess. Click here for Canele’s website.

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