Some days just call for high tea. Usually, they’re Fridays for me: you’re exhausted by the week, and you really just do want to sit down somewhere, with a lovely platter of little nibbles, and a good drink. And it won’t do either, to head somewhere noisy and crowded: you are seeking respite, after all.
May I suggest the Chihuly Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton, with their 8-course afternoon tea? I know what you’re thinking: 8 courses for tea?! TEA?! But oh, definitely worth it. Here’s how my experience with Stellar Dining Series 8-course afternoon tea goes (Note: now they are serving up the festive afternoon tea promotion).
A little early for alcohol perhaps, but never too soon for a tea cocktail.
Begin with the Tea Cocktail: a light concoction of fruit and tea, bright enough to perk up tired faces from the week. It’s accompanied by some light crackers and sambal: perfect start to the tea already.
At this point, conversation’s still light, and you’re drinking in the lovely surroundings of the Chihuly Lounge. And then the Coquelet Stew in Pie comes out.
Oooh, coquelet stew in pie!
It resembles a Yorkshire pudding with meat more than your classic image of a pie, but make no mistake, it’s pretty tasty too. With a truffle mash on the side, it really whet the appetite properly: I was all ready for the tea stand!
I like my tea stands big. And bigger.
Tea stands are really a thing of beauty: the bigger they are, the more imposing the look, and the greater the number of treats they contain! I will admit I used to be less enthusiastic, but after studying in the UK, where afternoon tea is serious business, I repented of my ways. Look at that beauty!
This is how a good Friday afternoon looks like.
Right in that wonderful stand were two types of scones on the top tier: the traditional scone, and the citrus scone. And then the savoury bites tier (middle) had dill cream egg salad, marinated salmon belly, iberico ham brioche, and a king crab and tuna mayonnaise roll of sorts that I quite enjoyed!
Scones are serious business.
Finishing off the bottom tier were the sweets: these were quite the treat, though I admit I was getting a little stuffed by the time we headed here. Chef Richard Long’s creations of hazelnut lemon, apple caramel, star anise raspberry, and ivory vanilla with fruit were one bite wonders. I enjoyed the mix of flavours, though I think I should have had a bit more tea to balance the sweetness of the tarts.
The Chihuly Vacherin: I have never had a dessert that looked like the environment it was served in!
Rounding off the meal after the tea stands were dealt with, was the Chihuly Vacherin. A mix of pandan ice cream and mango sorbet, there was also tangy lime jelly and a meringue shaped like the iconic sculpture in the Chihuly Lounge! Regrettably, I didn’t quite enjoy the coconut flake texture, but I’m not a huge fan of coconut flakes mostly. This was served alongside a chocolate and cookies trolley, but in all honesty, I was too stuffed by this point!
So, was my Friday afternoon good? You bet it was. I might just come back soon for some much needed slow de-stressing, along with the scrumptious food. You deserve it too.
Thank you Ritz Carlton Singapore for the invitation.
Ritz Carlton Singapore
7 Raffles Avenue
8-Course Festive Afternoon Tea
26 November 2018 to 4 January 2019
12pm to 5pm
Mondays to Fridays
From $52++ per person
Weekend Festive Afternoon Tea Buffet
24 November 2018 to 30 December 2018
2.30pm to 5pm
Saturdays and Sundays
From $65++ per person