For those who enjoy a tranquil tete-a-tete, the newly refurbished Tea Lounge at Regent Singapore will prove very conducive, particularly on weekdays.
Ensconced in a colonial garden setting complete with potted palms and louvered wooden panes, you are treated to an elegant three-tiered afternoon tea set of savoury bijou bites of finger sandwiches, tiny quiche and traditional scones.
The bulk of the offerings are savoury items, of which the quiche is undoubtedly the star—a fine thin pastry encasing and smooth, flavourful filling of heirloom tomatoes and cherry wood smoked ham. Excellent indeed.
Generally, there was not an item on the platter that disagreed. But if one must pick out other favourites, they would be the duck breast with lavender-infused foie gras terrine with the sweet complement of caramelised figs; and the rye bread with roasted wagyu beef, Lancashire cheese and black truffle. The small, square scones were good too with its moist, buttery insides. (A pity they were not warm.) The Devonshire clotted cream served alongside was light and fresh and the lemon curd smooth and sweet without being cloying.
This tea is particularly well suited for those who prefer savoury flavours. The only really sweet item on the menu is the one dessert that you choose from four options on the menu. All four are elaborate and assembled at a ‘live station’ in the middle of the lounge. The idea is to showcase the careful craftsmanship that go into the desserts; watching the chefs at work putting your showstopper together is certainly a highlight.
The Golden Apple is the most elaborate of all. It comprises a live-sized, shiny green ‘apple’ made of handblown sugar that is painstakingly kneaded and shaped, complete with sculpted stalk and leaf. Inside is filled with all sorts of delightful bits and pieces—yuzu apple compote, yoghurt espuma, cubes of olive oil sponge, and sorbet of vanilla and fromage blanc, and a playful scattering of pop rocks. After you’ve spent enough time fawning of this personal sculpture, you’ll have to crack it open to get to the edibles inside. Other choices include The Chocolate Forest, a petite landscape of banana chocolate gelato, pecan brownie, chocolate choux puff and chocolate crumble with caramel cream and banana coulis.
The weekday afternoon tea ($48 per person) comes with two servings of tea by Canadian brand TeaLeaves. They are brewed with studied precision and served from a trolley at your tableside. On weekends, the Tea Lounge serves its famous afternoon tea buffet ($61) with two seatings.
1 Cuscaden Road. Tel: 6725 3246