This is the third time I am here for high tea, since September 2013. I was first here for a media session, impressed, later came here with my friends, and now back for their Easter Specials (April 2014). Still, one of those winning views the lounge boasts, despite situated only on level 4 – a clear unblocked panoramic view of the CBD skyline. If you haven’t already read my previous review on Axis Bar & Lounge @ Mandarin Oriental Singapore, read it here.
There are over 20 selections of TWG tea, including even rare, premium ones like White Night Jasmine, the rarest Yin Zhen white tea tips (additional $15/pot) and Tukdah Darjeeling, an afternoon tea first planted in 1864 and harvested at 2000m (additional $25/pot).
The 1st course presented was their signature jelly in a champagne glass – a note of lavishness to kick start the laid-back session. This month, it’s an alcoholic beginning to the high tea with its champagne jelly.
Immediately succeeding the jelly comes the 2nd course – one I’d like to term it as the premium platter. On it, sits the Duck Rilette & Foie Gras Terrine, Carbonara Egg En Cocotte, and Poached Lobster with Coriander Mango Salsa. Needless to say, the latter was the most impressive. It may look unassuming, but its generous chunks of sweet lobster meat paired with the slightly tangy mango salsa was most refreshing and palate-opening.
The session was then toned down in preparation for a heavier second half, with the 3rd course comprising mostly bite-sized sandwiches and wrap. Other than the above pictured, there is also the Egg Salad Sandwich with Watercress and Lump Crab Meat & Avocado Sandwich.
The baked pastries came as the 4th course, which serve as the part to fill your stomach, if that is your intention. I especially love their warm scones, of flavours that change every monthly with the menu, that comes with cream cheese, lemon curd and berries as classic accompaniments to the items. Scones can tend to be overly dry and hard to swallow, but there was no such issue here at all. This month, they feature Strawberry Yoghurt Scone and Citrus Peel and Tahitian Vanilla Scone – I like that they always have a subtle but still noticeable flavour to their scones.
The 5th and final course of the afternoon was the mandatory, most beautiful 3-tier set. This final installment is noted to be more Easter than any other courses. I was more entertained by its careful decorations than any other thing, really. Personally, I thought it was a trade-off though. This portion did not taste as good as its counterparts.
In any event, I still thought that food was generally of good quality, and quantity. The only thing you have to consider whether to come here or not, is the menu for the particular month. I suggest sending an email to the lounge and inquire about their menu, and if the items suit your palate, your satisfaction should more or less be guaranteed. It’s $42++/pax or $80++/pair.
Address: 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Mandarin Oriental Singapore, Level 4
Telephone: 6885 3500 (Takes Reservation)
Opening Hours (for High Tea): 3pm – 5pm (Weekdays); 12.30pm – 2.30pm & 3pm – 5pm (Weekends); Bar & Lounge opens from 10am – 1am (Mon – Thurs), 10am – 2am (Fri – Sat), and 10am – 12am (Sun).
This was a media session. Thank you Vernia.