Afternoon tea @ Anti:dote, Fairmont Singapore

Just realized my last afternoon tea post was nearly two years ago. Gosh, this will not do! I love checking out afternoon tea places in Singapore; need to catch up on exploring new high tea venues.

Anti:dote is a fairly new cocktail bar that opened almost a year ago, just next to the entrance and lobby area of Fairmont Singapore. From 3pm to 5pm daily, they also serve afternoon tea.

There are three afternoon tea sets to choose from:

  1. The Anti:dote Tea (S$38++);
  2. The Oriental Tea (S$38++); and
  3. The Regal Tea (S$75++).

All three sets have the same items, except for the first course. The Regal Tea set includes a glass of champagne. All sets come with a choice of TWG tea, espresso-based coffee, or hot/iced chocolate.

The Anti:dote black truffle scrambled eggs

The Anti:dote black truffle scrambled eggs

This is the first course of the Anti:dote Tea set. The creamy eggs burst with a heady scent of black truffle, perfect for dipping with the buttery toast soldiers.

Shrimp har gau, chive dumpling, scallop siew mai

Shrimp har gau, chive dumpling, scallop siew mai

The first course of the Oriental Tea set is a trio of dimsum. Made in the kitchen of Szechuan Court in the same hotel, this was excellent dimsum!

Anti:dote's jewel box afternoon tea

Anti:dote’s jewel box afternoon tea

And here’s the highlight of our afternoon tea — a custom-made jewel box that holds four tiers of goodies.

Four tiers of treasures!

Four tiers of treasures!

Instead of the traditional English tea that comes in a tiered tray, Anti:dote’s afternoon tea set is given a chic and contemporary makeover.

What you see here is actually portions for two tea sets.

The petite desserts

The petite desserts

Here’s what on the top tier:

  • Strawberry gateau, raspberry, lychee pearl
  • Apple delight, almond crumble
  • Karukera chocolate mirror tart
  • Earl grey éclair
  • Anti:dote rum baba
  • Yuzu macaron
  • Chocolate-dipped strawberries
  • Chocolate truffles

My favorite desserts were the Earl Grey eclair, yuzu macaron, and Karukera chocolate tart. The tart is filled with smooth, dark chocolate and contrasted with a tangy-sweet passionfruit jelly centre.

The sandwiches

The sandwiches

Next tier:

  • Smoked salmon, crème fraîche, caviar
  • Boston lobster roll, herb mayonnaise
  • Cucumber and dill salad, cream cheese
  • Prosciutto, onion jam, aged cheddar
  • Coronation curried chicken

Among the mini sandwiches, my favorite was the smoked salmon. The lobster roll was yummy too, but there was too little filling and too much bread.

Scones and pound cake

Scones and pound cake

The third tier contains raisin scones and candied ginger scones, thoughtfully wrapped warm in a napkin. Light and not too sweet, the mini lemon basil pound cake was surprisingly delicious.

Spreads and take-home cookies

Spreads and take-home cookies

The last drawer reveals homemade strawberry jam, Devonshire clotted cream, and lemon curd for the scones. There’s also a cookie for each person to take home.

Despite the petite size of the sandwiches and pastries, we were totally stuffed by the end of our session. Although the items aren’t refillable, the quantity was sufficient for us.

For me, the highlights of the meal were definitely the first course as well as the mini desserts. Ideally, it’d be good to include more varieties of savoury items and perhaps also two choices of beverages instead of just one.

We were also delighted to discover that Anti:dote has a children’s tea set, priced at a very affordable S$15++.

Click here to see the detailed list of Anti:dote’s afternoon tea menus and beverages.

Anti:dote
Level 1, 80 Bras Basah Rd
Fairmont Singapore
Singapore 189560
Tel: +65 6431 5315

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