Continuing with the afternoon tea theme, Lobby Lounge is the next venue to tempt my taste buds. This is what I experienced.
Lobby Lounge (Conrad Centennial, Singapore)
This is the second visit to Lobby Lounge for afternoon tea in 2 years. They have upgraded their tea selection to TWG Tea Company. There were some delightful teas on offer like Weekend in Moscow containing rose petals to simple chamomile tea. I remember a larger spread of hand-made chocolates and cookies on my first visit. This time, it has reduced by half. The waitress served our afternoon tea in the three-tier format with sandwiches in the middle and cakes/pastries filling the remaining plates. Lobby lounge has stuck to the classic afternoon tea sandwiches: egg, cucumber and smoked salmon. There were other sandwiches on offer including char siew (roasted pork) and crispy bacon with oodles of caramelized onion in a baguette. Bacon tasted so good!.
Overall, sandwiches are ok. The bread was very dry on the surface which meant that the kitchen has let the sandwiches out in the open for a while. Since it is a weekday afternoon buffet, the kitchen did not have enough sandwiches ready to keep up with the re-orders. We had to wait at least 20 minutes each time we asked for more sandwiches. Hence, I was very disappointed with the slow service.
There is one item on the menu that I look forward to is their souffle which is freshly made and served immediately. As a foodie and a cook, souffle is one dish that can work or fail at anytime. For me, souffle has to a super light and fluffy without tasting too much like an aerated sponge cake. The mixture is prepared by the kitchen staff and the souffle is then baked in a mini oven in the lounge for patrons to view. As soon as I dipped my spoon in the souffle, I knew it wasn’t what I know wasn’t what I expected. It tasted like a plain vanilla sponge cake to me. The pastry that I like best in this afternoon tea was their raspberry collection. One particular sweet was raspberry tart with custard. The fruit was bright red filled and burst with sweetness when you bite into them. Yum!
Aside from the slow refills of sandwiches and wanna be souffle, it was still a nice afternoon to spend with my sister and her daughter. A girlie bonding session indeed.
Cheerio from me!
Contact details for Conrad Centennial Hotel
Two Temasek Boulevard
When one thinks of high tea, the image of a group of ladies with wide brim hats sitting in a garden taking small bites of their cucumber sandwiches or dropping a dollop of cream on their warm scones whilst sipping freshly brewed hot tea served from the best bone china . Ahhh, such simple gathering to catch up on what is happening in each others daily lives. Thanks to the British colony, the tradition of afternoon tea continues today in Singapore. I had the pleasure to enjoy traditional english afternoon tea in two hotels. The first place is The Fullerton. Here is what I thought of the place.
The Courtyard (The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore)
The once General Post Office is now home to the Fullerton Hotel. The Courtyard is the venue where I met my cousins for a girlie catch up. The ambience was nice without the noisy lobby hotel feeling. The waiter brought out a 3 tier stand filled with savoury and sweets to begin our afternoon feast. There is a comfortable selection of teas from around the world. I decided to have peppermint tea. What I like about Fullerton’s afternoon tea are their sandwiches. There was an assortment available.
- Traditional egg sandwich. One of my favourite sandwiches. Had just the right amount of whipped mayonaisse without overpowering the egg. Bring me some more!
- Traditional Cucumber with wholemeal bread. Thinly sliced cucumbers covering the freshly baked bread that we asked the waiter to refill the platter a few more times.
- Mini bagels with smoked salmon and capers. A generous slice of smoked salmon with cream cheese. Delish!
- Mini multigrain roast beef sandwich with sweet onion sauce. This is a nice addition to the menu. Beef was cooked medium rare and moist.
Scones are essential in any english afternoon tea. Plain and raisin scones had a good texture without being too biscuity. The strawberry jam was a little too runny for my liking. I preferred jams that has a little more texture without tasting like syrup. On the hand the clotted cream made the scones tasted even better. There was a good range of cakes and pastries to tempt any sweet tooth. Crème brulée is not a typical afternoon tea sweet and I have a weak spot for a good Crème brulée. The custard texture has to be cooked perfectly where it is smooth on the palette. Fullerton didn’t disappoint me with their crème brulée. The sugar topping was caramelized nicely with no burnt after taste. The custard was very smooth that each scoop was a pleasure. The other cakes Overall, I had a lovely afternoon at the Courtyard and with good company, it just made it more enjoyable.
Contact details for Fullerton Hotel Singapore
1 Fullerton Square
Tel: +65 6733 8388