Winter Weekend Afternoon Tea Buffet @ Chihuly Lounge, Ritz Carlton Singapore

A week before Christmas, hubby and I were invited to the Winter Weekend Afternoon Tea Buffet at Ritz Carlton Hotel.

The elegant Chihuly Lounge @ Ritz Carlton Hotel, Singapore

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.

The canapes and savouries station

This is where the canapes, sandwiches, and hot items are displayed.

Canapes

The canapes or appetizers are plated in dainty little glass dishes.

Finger sandwiches

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.

Caramelized Chocolate Mousse with Parfait

Because it was the Christmas season, the pastries were given a festive makeover!

Nougat Mousse with Cherry

There are a variety of mousses…

Chocolate Fudge Cake

…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!

Caramel Mille Feuille

The caramel mille feuille is very sweet, good for those who have a sweet tooth!

Sesame Nougat with Yuzu

Black sesame + yuzu — a Jap-inspired creation that’s sophisticated and pleasing to the tastebuds.

Caramel Macaroon

I’m not a fan of macarons, but couldn’t resist cos these are so pretty.

Homemade cookies

The crumbly and melt-in-the-mouth butter cookies have a lovely, homemade feel. Goes especially well with hot chocolate or coffee.

Chocolate pralines

Free-flow chocolate pralines! There’s milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and white chocolate.

Canapes

A close-up on the canapes. They might not look impressive, but are surprisingly appetizing and more-ish.

Clockwise from top right:

  1. Confit Tomato with Mini Pear and Pesto
  2. Shiromi Sushi topped with Japanese Mayonnaise and Salmon Roe
  3. Baked Cajun Spice Prawn with Piccalilli Sauce
  4. Smoked Chicken with Tomato Onion Salsa

Sandwiches

The sandwiches are decent, though not as flavoursome or exquisite compared to those I had on my first visit.

Clockwise from bottom right:

  1. Egg Mayonnaise in Parmesan Roll
  2. Cucumber and Cream Cheese Sandwiches
  3. Grilled Chicken with Caesar Dressing in Semi Dried Tomato Focaccia
  4. Smoked Salmon with Pickled Gherkin in Mini Croissant

Savouries

The hot finger food items. Rather forgettable. Clockwise from top:

  1. Steamed Mini Chicken Char Siew Pao
  2. Indian Spiced Potato and Feta Cheese Samosa
  3. Steamed Vegetarian Soon Kueh
  4. Cajun Spiced Prawn Kebab with Glazed Pineapple
  5. Maple Glazed Prosciutto wrapped Scallop and Sesame

Scones

There’s another station that serves warm scones along with clotted cream, jams, and chocolate sauce.

Iced Nougat Parfait

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.

Hot chocolate and tea

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.

Iced tea

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.

Iced coffee, assembled at your table.

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)

Chihuly Lounge
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
7 Raffles Avenue
Singapore 039799
(65) 6434 5288
URL: http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Singapore/Default.htm

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).

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Comments

  1. says

    JEALOUS!!!! All those pastries look incredibly amazing and I love how that Caramel Mille Feuille is just calling out to me!! Definitely going to drop by when I am not so broke =P

  2. Betty says

    I really need to head to Singapore soon since my nephew and wife moved back. Would like to do some shopping also. See Universal Studio Singapore . .

    • says

      Yes, come visit Singapore! Lots of exciting new places to visit. There’s also Gardens By The Bay and also the River Safari which houses a pair of pandas from China!

  3. Jacqueline says

    Hello Julia,

    Can u recommend a good high tea place for 1st timers? Its to celebrate my sister’s birthday this coming Wed. Hope to hear from you soon! Thank you!

    Cheers, Jac

  4. Ashley says

    Hi Julia,
    I’m actually choosing an ideal place for a small birthday celebration with my boyfriend, just the two of us.. I’m hesitating which of the following places best to go.. If I were to ask you to rate between High Tea at Ritz Carlton, Grand Hyatt and Goodwood Park, which one would you rate for the best? I need some advice.

    Thanks & Best Regards,
    Ashley

    • says

      Hi Ashley,

      It’s hard for me to say which one is the best, because preference is such a personal choice. :) I’d say it all depends on what you’re looking for.

      If my priority is a venue that’s elegant and romantic, I’d go for Ritz Carlton. If I’m in the mood for a hearty English-style high tea (ie. sandwiches, scones, Guinness beef stew), I’d choose Goodwood Park. Grand Hyatt has a pleasant contemporary deco. Some of the food items are a bit of a hit-and-miss, but you get a variety of local and international cuisines.

      Happy birthday in advance, and enjoy your celebration with your boyfriend! :)