Afternoon tea @ Brasserie Les Saveurs, St. Regis Singapore

Scrumptious scones

Scrumptious scones!

News alert for scone lovers: Check out the afternoon tea at Brasserie Les Saveurs in St. Regis Hotel! They’ve introduced the first dedicated scone bar for afternoon high tea, and it boasts an impressive selection of both sweet and savoury scones.

Scone bar

Here’s the scone bar set-up. Sweet scones on the left, and savoury scones on the right. Pick what you fancy and your scones will be warmed up in the oven.

This is the full selection available:

Sweet scones:

  1. St. Regis classic scones
  2. California pistachio & cranberry
  3. Bittersweet Guanaja chocolate chips, French orange zest
  4. Caramelized passion fruit with Tahitian vanilla

Savoury scones:

  1. Alps Gruyere cheese with chili
  2. Perigord black summer truffles (sliced a la minute)
  3. Australian smoked bacon with Hawaii black salt
  4. Sundried Roma tomatoes and rosemary

Condiments for savoury scones

To go with the savoury scones, there’s finely shaved Iberico ham, honey baked ham, chive & chilli cream cheese, and clotted cream.

Condiments for sweet scones

And for the sweet scones, there’s this impressive spread of creams and homemade jams.

In the picture above, from clockwise from top left:

  1. Chantilly cream
  2. Passionfruit mango marmalade jam
  3. Strawberry lime jam
  4. Mixed berries compote
  5. Apricot thyme jam
  6. Rhubarb vanilla jam
  7. Cherry marmalade
  8. Chocolate sauce

The homemade jams are stunningly delish! Together with the luscious Chantilly cream, they elevate the scones to another sensation.

Clockwise from 12 o’clock position: Smoked bacon with Hawaii black salt; Bittersweet Guanaja chocolate chip & French orange zest; caramelized passionfruit with Tahitian vanilla; Perigord black summer truffle, served with truffle espuma (foam)

The truffle scone delivers a BIG flavor punch with freshly shaved black truffle and truffle espuma on the side.

On the whole, the scones are delightfully crisp and melt-in-the-mouth. But for me, the aforementioned jams are so outstanding they threaten to steal the limelight from the main star of the show.

Three-tier tray of hot savoury items & assorted finger sandwiches (portions for 2 people)

Besides scones, finger sandwiches is another must-have for that quintessential English tea experience. Here, the sandwiches are presented in a 3-tier tray (items are refillable). The rest of the savoury items — soup, pot pie, and quiche — are rotated daily.

This time, the top tier featured broccoli soup as well as savoury bread & butter pudding. The soup was a little too salty for my liking; the pudding — more like a tasty custard — was yummy.

Chicken pot pie & smoked salmon quiche

I much preferred the middle tier, possibly because pies and quiches are two of my favorite things in the world. Notice the height of the puff pastry for the pot pie? It’s amazingly airy and crisp!

Classic finger sandwiches

And of course, what’s afternoon tea without sandwiches? The featured quartet comprises of:

  1. Egg-chive mayonnaise
  2. Roasted chicken with celery
  3. Sliced tomato & cucumber
  4. Smoked salmon & dill cream cheese

Pastries & desserts

Save plenty of room for dessert, because this is the best part of the afternoon tea experience!

Chocolate cherry moelleux; bread & butter pudding (background)

Created by award-winning pastry chef Kit Wong — who was crowned best pastry chef in Singapore at the World Gourmet Summit (WGS) Awards of Excellence 2012 — the dessert buffet is a stunning spread of delectable cakes and pastries.

Fresh cherry sable; chocolate cream puff

Chef Wong’s creations are a feast for the senses. They look too beautiful to devour, and when you finally do, you can’t stop at one.

Lemon meringue; Black Forest cake

Look at that gorgeous rose swirl on the lemon meringue tart! And it tastes as gorgeous as it looks. Each component — the airy meringue; subtly tart and smooth lemon curd; and buttery pâte sucrée — was incredibly well-made. Together, they combined to create an irresistible creation.

From left: Panna cotta; Hazelnut creameux with crunchy base; Milk chocolate mousse with peaches.

The panna cotta and mousses were also excellent.

In all, there were about 16 items, ranging from old-fashioned fruit cake to exquisite French macarons. I only managed to try half of the selection, and they were all very good.

The dance area for the tea dance.

The afternoon tea comes with one choice of TWG tea (there are 24 blends to choose from) or St. Regis custom-blended coffee. There’s also an option to add a glass of Billecart-Salmon Bruit Réserve.

On Fridays and Saturdays, there is also a tea dance. Dance instructors will be on site to lead you through the waltz and tango, and there will be a band to provide the soundtrack for a lively afternoon.

Brasserie Les Saveurs Afternoon Tea is available:

Mon to Thu: 3pm to 5pm
Sat: 12.30pm to 2.30pm
S$56++ per person
S$66++ per person, with a glass of Champagne

Tea Dance:
Fri & Sat: 3pm to 5pm
$66++ per person
$76++ per person, with a glass of Champagne

Brasserie Les Saveurs, St. Regis Singapore
29 Tanglin Road
Singapore 247911
Tel: +65 6506 6866
URL: www.stregissingapore.com

Many thanks to St. Regis Singapore and FoodNews PR for the invitation to sample the afternoon tea.

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