Two weeks ago, Camemberu and I played tai-tais for an afternoon! I say “played” because we aren’t rich ladies of leisure. Desperate housewives is more like it, hee!
Anyway, prior to that, we both had a somewhat trying time (work + family issues). So we said, hey, why not splurge a bit and reward ourselves? And what’s more indulgent than leisurely afternoon tea at the glitzy Ritz?
On weekdays, Chihuly Lounge at the Ritz Carlton serves traditional afternoon tea (S$36.00++ per set). It’s presented in an elegant, gilded 3-tiered tray stand. Each set has 12 pieces of dainty savouries and pastries (the tray above holds 2 sets of afternoon tea).
You get to choose from a variety of gourmet teas. Tea is free-flow, and you can opt for another blend after finishing a pot. Alternatively, there’s coffee. Camemberu and I tried three different kinds of tea: vanilla, Earl Grey, and jasmine.
Look at the elegant table setting! It’s a bit hard to see, but the sugar (white and raw) cubes are heart-shaped. They are, literally, little sweethearts!
More luxury, in the form of Hediard honey and jams (strawberry, apricot, marmalade). The jams were delicious!
We couldn’t wait to start on the food! The selection is probably rotated day-to-day. The top tier was sandwiches. From foreground:
- Egg mayo on herbed roll — Egg mayo sounds plebeian, but a sprinkle of caviar gave it a touch of aristocracy. The soft, aromatic bread roll was also lovely.
- Pastrami with tomato on tomato bun — We weren’t expecting an explosion of intense flavors from the tomato! It was possibly marinated or roasted tomato. Immensely juicy, and went very well with the pastrami. My fav of the three!
- Smoked salmon & roe on brioche — Can’t go wrong with smoked salmon. Loved how the roe “popped” and released their briny sweetness in the mouth.
These mini sandwiches were rather ordinary. But they tasted extra good with the use of premium quality ingredients. The fresh, artisan breads made a big difference as well.
Second tier wasn’t as impressive. From left: raisin scones (would have tasted better if warm), crab croquette (rich with crabmeat, but didn’t quite like the mushy interior), chicken wrap with cream cheese & fresh fig (ok), and potato truffle tart (also ok).
The mini pastries (from foreground): coffee mille feuille, lemon custard tart, chocolate cake, and cheesecake.
When we tasted the lemon custard tart, both Camemberu and I wondered out loud, “Eh, it smells like salted egg yolk!” How strange!
Actually, the tart was my favorite item cos of the tangy custard and buttery crust. But that salted egg yolk scent was still surreal!
Perhaps we were expecting to be blown away, but the sweets were just alright. Definitely more than decent, but not wow.
We thought the dainty morsels wouldn’t fill us up, but surprising, they did. Guess three pots of tea helped too.
It was indeed a very relaxing and indulgent afternoon. Chihuly Lounge is spacious and airy, with tall windows and lush greenery outside. The decor is classy, but feels cozy. I especially enjoyed the soft sunlight streaming in through the glass roof.
Service was excellent as well. The wait staff refilled our tea cups frequently, always attentive but never intrusive.
This was certainly a very extravagant outing. If you consider just the food, it might seem overpriced. But if you take into account all the details that make up the whole experience, it was absolutely worth it. Well, at least it was for us. We had a fabulous time!
Any suggestions where should we go for our next tai-tai outing? 😉
The Ritz Carlton, Millenia Singapore
7 Raffles Avenue
Tel: (65) 6434 5288, 6337 8888 (main line)
Daily: 9.30am – 1.30am
Traditional afternoon tea is served Mon to Fri: 2.30pm – 5pm
Weekend afternoon tea buffet is served on Sat & Sun: 2.30pm – 5pm