A week before Christmas, hubby and I were invited to the Winter Weekend Afternoon Tea Buffet at Ritz Carlton Hotel.
I’ve tried the weekday day afternoon high tea at Chihuly Lounge, but not the weekend version. Instead of traditional 3-tier afternoon tea, the weekend high tea at Chihuly Lounge is buffet-style. Also, they update the menu quarterly, according to the seasons.
This is where the canapes, sandwiches, and hot items are displayed.
The canapes or appetizers are plated in dainty little glass dishes.
For sandwiches, there are 4 kinds available.
For the Winter 2012 weekend afternoon tea, the sweet pastries are created based on the theme “caramel”. There are at least 13 unique variations, created by Executive Pastry Chef Terence Pang.
Because it was the Christmas season, the pastries were given a festive makeover!
There are a variety of mousses…
…as well as dainty little cakes. This chocolate fudge cake is one of my fav items. Not only is it pretty, it tastes very yummy too!
The caramel mille feuille is very sweet, good for those who have a sweet tooth!
Black sesame + yuzu — a Jap-inspired creation that’s sophisticated and pleasing to the tastebuds.
I’m not a fan of macarons, but couldn’t resist cos these are so pretty.
The crumbly and melt-in-the-mouth butter cookies have a lovely, homemade feel. Goes especially well with hot chocolate or coffee.
Free-flow chocolate pralines! There’s milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and white chocolate.
A close-up on the canapes. They might not look impressive, but are surprisingly appetizing and more-ish.
Clockwise from top right:
- Confit Tomato with Mini Pear and Pesto
- Shiromi Sushi topped with Japanese Mayonnaise and Salmon Roe
- Baked Cajun Spice Prawn with Piccalilli Sauce
- Smoked Chicken with Tomato Onion Salsa
The sandwiches are decent, though not as flavoursome or exquisite compared to those I had on my first visit.
Clockwise from bottom right:
- Egg Mayonnaise in Parmesan Roll
- Cucumber and Cream Cheese Sandwiches
- Grilled Chicken with Caesar Dressing in Semi Dried Tomato Focaccia
- Smoked Salmon with Pickled Gherkin in Mini Croissant
The hot finger food items. Rather forgettable. Clockwise from top:
- Steamed Mini Chicken Char Siew Pao
- Indian Spiced Potato and Feta Cheese Samosa
- Steamed Vegetarian Soon Kueh
- Cajun Spiced Prawn Kebab with Glazed Pineapple
- Maple Glazed Prosciutto wrapped Scallop and Sesame
There’s another station that serves warm scones along with clotted cream, jams, and chocolate sauce.
Also available is iced nougat parfait, which tastes like lightly whipped, airy iced cream. There’s fresh fruit, chocolate pearls, almond flakes, and chocolate sauce available for garnish.
Overall, the food selection is smaller than we’d expected for a buffet spread. The focus seems to be more on the pastries and chocolates section, which is certainly a feast for both the eyes and the palate.
I’m not a big fan of caramel because it’s usually very sweet and rich, but the caramel-based desserts for the Winter Afternoon Tea are surprisingly not too sweet nor cloyingly rich. Kudos to the chef for being able to balance the level of sweetness without compromising on flavor.
Compared to other hotel afternoon teas I’ve tried this year, Ritz Carlton wins hands down when it comes to range of beverages. Other venues normally restrict beverages to at most 2 choices. But here, choices are unlimited, meaning you can order as many different teas and coffees as you like!
For tea, choose from over thirty blends of loose leaf teas from the Ronnefeldt tea collection. There’s also a variety of flavored iced teas, hot and iced coffee, chocolate, and espresso-based drinks.
The Ritz Carlton’s signature attention to little details is shown here, such as using frozen coffee cubes for iced coffee and frozen tea cubes for iced tea, so that your drinks won’t be diluted with melted ice.
The iced coffee was really good! We also enjoyed the hot chocolate and iced passionfruit tea.
The food range is somewhat limited, but made up for by exquisite pastries, extensive choice of quality teas and coffees, and genuinely warm and attentive staff. With deep, comfy sofas and natural sunlight streaming in from the lofty glass ceiling, the elegant and spacious Chihuly Lounge remains one of my favorite high tea venues.
Winter Weekend Afternoon Tea at Chihuly Lounge
Available on Saturdays and Sundays till 24 February 2013
2.30pm to 5.00pm
$48.00++ per adult
$24.00++ per child (six to twelve years of age)
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
7 Raffles Avenue
(65) 6434 5288
Many thanks to The Ritz Carlton, Millenia Singapore for the invitation to sample the Winter Weekend Afternoon Tea.
The images in this post were captured with Sony Alpha NEX-6 (review unit from Sony Singapore).