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Museo High Tea Buffet

Hope you enjoyed my first post on Museo Restaurant, focussed on the decadent desserts. This post is dedicated to the savouries! This isn’t a very big restaurant, and you shouldn’t expect a buffet line the size of those in Singapore’s Hotel restaurants. What I can say is, most of the dishes served at Museo were really good.

Which is why I had to split my posts into 2, all the food looked so good! When you go to Museo, you’re paying for the lovely ambience and the great views as well. Oh, did I mention that Museo serves unlimited servings of signature teas? You can have as many changes of teas as you want. Most hotel afternoon tea buffets limit you to 2 changes of teas.

Museo Quayside Isle - (66)

Snuck a shot of the bloggers sitting opposite us. Us older folks sat at the tables with proper chairs and left the sofa seats to the youngsters.

Museo Quayside Isle - (72)

Everything is so artistically presented, which I guess is no surprise given that Arteastiq owns Museo.

Museo Quayside Isle - Tuna Tataki

Tuna Tataki

Museo Quayside Isle - Mango Prawn Salad

Mango Prawn Salad

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Ritz Carlton Afternoon Tea at Chihuly Lounge

*Media Invite*

Recently, I was invited to sample the new Winter Afternoon Tea menu at Ritz Carlton. As you may already know, I hold the Afternoon Tea at Ritz Carlton in high regard. Ritz Carlton was one of the 1st few places where I first cut my teeth in food blogging. Wow, come to think of it, it has been 2.5 years! I recall I was so mesmerized by the creative display of desserts that I even split my blog post into 2 posts so that I could post more food pictures! I would have returned sooner, but having a blog meant that I also wanted to try out new places so as to be able to have more blog material. It’s been too long….too long.

I was told that Ritz Carlton changes the Afternoon Tea menu 4 times a year to suit the season. The day that I was there was the launch of the Winter Weekend Afternoon Tea. Available at Chihuly Lounge from 24 November 2012 to 24 February 2013, Executive Pastry Chef Terence Pang has created thirteen unique variations such as Sesame Nougat with Yuzu, Pistachio and Nougat Crème and Caramelized Chocolate Mousse with Parfait etc.

Ritz Carlton Chihuly Lounge Winter Afternoon Tea - Almond Cake with Caramel

Almond Cake with Caramel

Guests may also dine upon an assortment of sandwiches, scones and other savory dishes such as Maple Glazed Prosciutto wrapped Scallop and Sesame and Cajun Spiced Prawn Kebab with Glazed Pineapple.

What’s afternoon tea without tea, right? You can enjoy a range of over thirty blends of loose leaf teas from the Ronnefeldt tea collection featuring citrus-flavoured teas such as Morning Star and Roibosh lemon. Flavoured black teas – “Wild Cherries” and “Rose Tea with Petals”, are as refreshing as fruit-infused “Raspberry Royal” and “Strawberries with Yoghurt” teas. The most interesting thing about Ritz Carlton’s tea is that they put the teapots over a lighted burner! First hotel that I’ve come across that does this, and kudos to them for doing so because I just hate having to drink cold tea! And the tea will invariably become cold because it’s a huge pot!

Ritz Carlton Chihuly Lounge Winter Afternoon Tea - Chocolate Fudge Cake (3)

Chocolate Fudge Cake

Damn delicious! It wasn’t all just fudge, but had layers of actual cake. Not cloying (jelak) at all!

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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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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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.




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