The BIG day is coming. Free time will be practically a non-existent luxury once Baby 2 arrives.
The foodie BFF generously treated us to a leisurely weekday afternoon tea at the former Scotts Lounge, now renamed as 10 Scotts. This is my first time here after refurbishment, and I must say I really like its bright new contemporary chic decor. There’s also a small open concept kitchen, complete with gleaming designer stoves, ovens, and espresso machine.
Unlike tradtional English 3-tier afternoon tea, high tea at 10 Scotts is a semi-buffet concept with a local twist. High tea starts from 12pm, so you could even do lunch if you wish!
On the day we visited, the main courses available were: herb sausage, roast potato, chicken briyani, and tomato soup (pictured above). Served alongside were papadum, pickles, chutney, yogurt sauce, mustard, and croutons for the soup.
At this point, the staff politely informed me that photo-taking of the buffet is not allowed. So from here on, all pictures are of my own food portions.
The chicken briyani was delicious, so was the sausage! But had to resist going for second helping because there’s so many other items to try.
The cheese and cold cuts selection is small but features some very exotic sounding cheeses which I’ve never heard before. Unlike my dining companion, I’m not a fan of cheeses, so no comments from me.
There’s also a glass chiller where you can help yourself to mini dishes of cold salads.
The high tea also includes a tiered tray served at our table. All items are refillable.
The top tier was dainty canapes. Clockwise from right (I’m guessing the descriptions based on what we tasted):
- Prawn salad;
- Prosciutto and mozzarella on sliced baguette;
- Chopped egg and caviar tartlett;
- Brie and fig on sliced toast (can’t remember exactly what bread it was);
- Smoked salmon finger sandwich.
Looks-wise not very impressive, but taste-wise the canapes were more exquisite than they appeared.
The bottom tier were mainly local delights. Clockwise from top right:
- Popiah — juicy, flavorful turnip filling in soft and resilient dough skin.
- Crab cake — very fat and bursting with sweet crab meat!
- Curry puff — light, flaky and buttery pastry. The spice paste for the filling was moist and fragrant.
- Some kind of unidentifiable soggy dough balls — ’nuff said.
Enjoyed the bottom tier items so much that we had second helpings, minus the soggy balls!
What’s afternoon tea without scones? At 10 Scotts, they heat up the scones upon order, served with clotted cream, raspberry jam, and kaya.
It’s back to the buffet station for mini desserts. Have your pick of coffee eclair, lemon meringue tart…
…strawberry shortcake, creme brulee, mango pudding. All very decently done, but none really stood out.
There’s also pre-scooped ice creams and fresh fruit cups in the chiller.
The most memorable sweet item for us was the red bean pancake with homemade red bean ice cream.
Freshly made upon order, the pancake was crisp on the outside, moist and chewy on the inside, and filled with chunky Japanese adzuki red bean paste. The homemade red bean ice cream was very moreish too. And yes, we went back for seconds!
We were very impressed that 10 Scotts serves the highly acclaimed Dammann Frères tea from France. Really wish they had a retail outlet here in Singapore! We particularly enjoyed the sublimely fragrant Jasmine tea, which had loose tea leaves perfumed with real jasmine flower buds.
Besides tea, there’s also coffee, espresso-based beverages, as well as two fresh fruit juices to choose from. Compared to other hotel high teas, 10 Scotts’ beverage selection is the most comprehensive I’ve encountered so far.
At S$38++ per person (on weekdays), I’d say this is one of the better value afternoon tea buffets in town. It begins from 12pm and stretches till 5pm, so you can really languish from lunchtime till evening. The selection may not be very extensive, but the quality of the food and ambience make up for it.
Afternoon tea: Available daily from 12pm to 5pm.
Weekday price: $38++ (adult) and $26++ (child aged 7 to 12 years)
Weekend price: $48++ (adult) and $36++ (child aged 7 to 12 years)
10 Scotts, Grand Hyatt Singapore
10 Scotts Road
Tel: +65 6732 1234
The images in this post were captured with Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V (review unit from Sony Singapore).