When you reside here (Singapore) long enough and you don’t travel overseas time to time, you could hardly tell if it’s Winter season or Summer time. Maybe that’s because you only experience hot and hotter when you stay near the equator. Kinda safe if you think about how dangerous blizzards and tornadoes can be.
Fortunately though, there are restaurants here that have seasonal menus to remind what season it is on the other side of the globe. Take Chihuly Lounge at the lobby of Ritz-Carlton Hotel, which rotates theirs on three months basis accordingly to the Mother Nature’s mood.
Their Spring Weekend Afternoon Tea Buffet which runs from 1 March 2014 to 25 May 2014 emphasizes a lot more on floral inspired desserts and dainty finger food is worth considering for an afternoon’s worth of indulgence.
I’m no stranger to Chihuly and I can get all excited again sharing my previous experiences about this open concept tea room. Their exceptional service are renowned among all who appreciate tea and their unique France imported gold paper-laced Chinaware are definitely worth the effort to style your food for photography sake. See them here.
On a side note: Skip the complimentary drink if you aren’t a chocolate mint person.
On this visit, I could tell you the service is still as attentive and approachable but I was quite disappointed to discover that they no longer use the same plates anymore. Perhaps too many mishaps have happened before I came and these porcelain plates don’t come cheap.
I was told that they still use them during their weekday high tea- a eight course meal. Still I hope they could revert them back on their weekends. Afterall, it’s what make them stands out from other tea lounges. I guess we should all be more gentle when we have tea?Everything is worth a try but it all depends which you like more. Smoked salmon on flat bread and ricotta cheese stuffed veggies didn’t appeal to me as much as their mini croissants with beef salami, scallop wrapped in bacon. I lost count the number of rounds I went back taking two or three with each visit.
Did I see mini cheeseburger with Wagyu beef patty?
More for me please!
The thing I love about buffets is I get to eat everything there is whenever I want however I want. I like to sneak desserts in-between the savory snacks just for a change of taste.
Lavender Opaly Ganache, Cherry Sakura Éclairs and Hibiscus Mousse with Pomegranate could exemplify the theme but the ones that stood out the most were the Chamomile Macarons and Rose Tarts with Raspberry. It was a little weird not to see any cakes though. Maybe they should include a few varieties for cake lovers like me?
Scones and high tea go hand in hand. I’ve tried many renditions from plain fruity savory and even with stuffing ones. The ones served here seemed too healthy by my standards. I prefer buttery scones to go with fresh clotted cream like those Regent’s Tea Lounge have!
You could opt for the ice creams before it’s time to go. As I recall there’s the standard Vanilla and Chocolate but I would recommend you to choose Lavender or even Hibiscus.
High tea buffets are getting pricier with each increasing year. I remember it was only in their forties when I came a few years ago but as far as I’m concern, it’s a whooping $58.00 per pax right now and that’s before you factor in tax!
*Sigh* I fear high tea is no longer something I could indulge that often in the future if prices keep going up.
There’s certainly quality at Chihuly Lounge but I would expect a little more variety (there’s only 3 station-savoury, desserts and live station) for that kind of price.
I like to see at least two live stations or they could even do something like The Rose Veranda– dishing complimentary finger food every now and then that don’t appear on their display panel. Creativity is definitely lacking on my recent visit here. I don’t think my requests are too much to ask right?
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799
Tel: +65 6434 5288