Keywords: Afternoon tea - English - Opulent - Two tier
Month of visit: September 2020
Afternoon tea at The St. Regis Singapore.
Dining at the exquisite Brasserie Les Saveurs within The St. Regis Singapore is no ordinary experience. Their English Afternoon Tea is an extremely popular choice especially on weekends and seats fill up fairly quickly. It's thus encouraged to make a reservation at least a week in advance. As the afternoon tea commences at 3PM for everyone, be sure to arrive early to avoid the long lines and choose a preferred table.
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This specially curated afternoon tea menu includes a good range of sweet and savoury delights, accompanied by handcrafted coffee or a fine selection of TWG tea. For an optional supplement, diners can indulge in a glass (or two) of "R" de Ruinart Champagne. The price for the afternoon tea is $38++ per person with a cup of handcrafted coffee or a pot of tea. For those who wish to enjoy a glass of "R" de Ruinart Champagne, the price would be $68++. Alternatively, a 375 ml bottle together with the afternoon tea will cost $98++ per person.
Brasserie Les Saveurs within The St. Regis Singapore.
After being seated by smartly dressed sommeliers, we were presented with two menus; the afternoon tea menu and beverage menu. The afternoon tea menu is fixed so we only had to decide if we wish to pair the afternoon tea experience with champagne. There is a wide array of TWG tea selections to choose from. If tea isn't to your liking, there are handcrafted coffees available such as cafe latte, cappuccino, cafe mocha, macchiato and affogato. The St. Regis Singapore blend was recommended to us as it is a unique blend of green tea and black tea that's only available there. The tea was truly exceptional; a naturally sweet floral infused tea with a tinge of white chocolate. The quantity of tea leaves was generous, with the concentration of tea remaining relatively high even after five refills.
Tip: If you have a dietary preference, do inform the restaurant at least two days in advance so that your requests can be fulfilled.
Afternoon tea menu and fine tea selections at the St. Regis Singapore.
Shortly after making our choice known to the attentive service crew, a basket of freshly baked scones and madeleines was served. The basket consisted of one classic and one raisin scone as well as one lemon flavoured madeleines per person accompanied with clotted cream and strawberry jam. The texture of the scones and madeleines was perfect albeit a little too sweet as they were drizzled with frosted sugar.
A pot and cup of The St. Regis Singapore tea blend by TWG and scones basket.
The sweets were served in a two-tier stand while the savoury delights were plated in a rectangular tray. The savoury items included a smoked salmon slider topped with salmon roe and cream cheese which was extremely satisfying, a turkey ham sandwiched in between mini ciabatta, two brioche sandwich; the first, an egg mayonnaise topped with generous truffle and the second, a tender duck rilette. The dessert spread was equally impressive with two different types of dark chocolate pralines, an orange and mascarpone dome that was rich and flavourful, a raspberry and pistachio financier that was really delightful and our favourite, a hazelnut and milk chocolate tartlet that was creamy and delicious.
A two-tier stand with desserts plated and a rectangular tray presenting the savoury.
Halfway through our afternoon tea, we were served a buckwheat crepe which consisted of turkey ham, cheese, egg and mushroom. This freshly prepared item came hot and complimented the sweet and savoury delights which came at ambient temperature. Towards the end, we were served a cup of fresh fruits to cleanse our taste buds.
Tip: If you are celebrating a special occasion, do let them know in advance so that they can prepare a delightful chocolate cake to make your dining even more memorable.
Buckwheat crepe which arrived hot and a fruit salad to wrap up the afternoon tea.
Concluding remarks: To be honest, we were not expecting a large share from the pictures we saw online and so it was a pleasant surprise that we could not finish our food. The servings do appear small but don't let these pictures deceive you. The service rendered was excellent, with the service crew always always around and were very attentive. The food quality was also exceptional and the elegant setting of the restaurant made it a conducive environment for a perfect English afternoon tea.