When it’s time for tea in the city, one great place to rest the feet from all the shopping is at the Halia, located at the Raffles Hotel. With its expansion from the original location at the Botanic Gardens, the Halia is perhaps fit symbolically to continue its colonial connection at this country’s most prestigious hotel. Indulge in an assortment of finger snacks and petite desserts and wind the afternoon away with friends over a cup of tea. A great way to catch up or simply escape from the midday sun in the comforts of the interior. And perhaps have a marvelous shot of Singapore Sling, specially made with Hendrick’s gin while you are at it
The Raffles Hotel. The Halia is located at the courtyard, around the main annex.
Irish smoked salmon, blini, crème fraiche and caviar
The Irish smoked salmon reflected a taste of the ocean with the smooth intensities of scented cream and herbs. Excellent. My favourites also included the two cheese bites of Blue cheese, apricot chutney, pickled celery, honey walnut and the Grilled halloumi, smoked avocado, cherry tomato. Notably, the petite chicken sandwiches were quite unique as it betrayed crunchy savoury creamy textures that left me perplexed if it were really chicken within. Definitely a conversation topic.
Scones served with jam and freshly made clotted cream. Very, very filling.
Each dessert was creative in their own right, and the variety is simply delectable after all the little bites. Thumbs up for the Chocolate Royal. It’s petite cubed size allows the entire flavours of cake, cream and chocolate to explode lusciously in the mouth. Decadent. The only gripe I have is that the set of two carries four different macaroons. It is almost impossible to share the macaroon as it is too small to break each piece into half. A combined serving will then leave one to wonder what the other two flavours were.
Enjoy a selection of various Black Tea, Green Tea, Herbal & Fruit Infusion, Halia Infusion (single serving) or Freshly brewed coffee.
In addition to tea, the table of us also orders the Halia Chilli Crab Spaghettini ($25). This is perhaps one of the finest chilli crab spaghetti I’ve tried so far. Al dente noodles with a very generous chilli crab sauce and portions of crab meat, the serving was visually impressive.
The bigger takeaway however was the spicy and hot chilli and tangy kick from each mouthful of noodles. It is a definite unique take on Singapore’s iconic seafood dish with a flavour that will leave your mouth watering. Though if you can’t take spice but would love to try, have a go at this dish and request to lower the hotness intensity.
The Singapore Sling is given a classic spin with the choicest make of Hendrick’s gin. With the fruity flavours smooth, a touch sweet and exceptionally refreshing, it is the perfect drink for any hot day. I thoroughly enjoyed the one created by the Halia and is on my recommended list.
And as a special treat, all guest who order the Singapore Sling will have a picture Polaroid taken and attached to a uniquely crafted postcard for you to keep or mail home. A very nice souvenir that beats the mass produced postcards from gift shops
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At the Raffles Hotel
Tea time at the Halia is a snazzy way to past the afternoon with friends. Though it comes with a decent spread of savouries and sweets, the price of $35++ per person makes dining here an exclusive affair. Still, the servings at the Halia is impressive and if you order the Chilli Crab Spaghettini and Singapore Sling for tea, this could be the place to be for that sunny Saturday afternoon.
Thank you the Halia for the invitation.
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