I always have a hard time convincing my friends that high tea at hotel bars and lounges aren’t exactly out of their still schooling/ just started working budget.
Come to think of it, it isn’t cheap hopping around cafes in Singapore too. I lost count the number of times when I felt that hefty pinch and feeling unjustified for a meal that cost me no less than fifty bucks.I’m not saying we should all only dine at up-class fancy places all the time. But if you have spare cash, looking somewhere with a little more ambience and standard, perhaps you could consider the occasional meetups at hotels instead.
I could suggest a few places but my all-time favourite has got to be Dolcetto at Regent Hotel. The takeaway extension of the famed Italian restaurant Basilico might seem uninviting at first due to the sparse tables and seats outside the shop. But wait till you try tried their artisian bread and pastries before you pass any judgement yah?
My personal recommendation? Fig cakes and their assorted macarons are a must-try if you’re here first time!
Prices might be a little steeper than conventional cafes but still under 10 bucks per slice. And I must say, their cake portions are definitely justified by their prices and quality. So really, don’t be greedy and order one for yourself.
On a side note, their whole cakes might be a good consideration if you don’t intend to arrive at a private tea party empty handed. 36 bucks and everyone’s happy with your cake, asking where you grab them? I say it’s worth getting!
Unlike the standard layered mascarpone-ladyfingers Tiramisu ($9.00), Dolcetto’s rendition has all the sponge cakes along the sides instead. I would prefer my Italian classic to have espresso soaked cookies but the portion negates any side points.
Ever heard of Amedei chocolates? They are some of the more expensive ones you can ever grab.
While I felt the Dark Chocolate Amedei ($9.00) was a little overpowering especially while having a mild tasting tiramisu concurrently. With a combination of dense rich chocolate sponge and chocolate fudge with a ganache top. Between the sponge and fudge was a crunchy layer adding additional texture to cake.
For gourmets seeking to fill their pantry with various specialty food, you might want to pick something up off their shelves. Thinking of a solid foodie gift? I think their fancy metal tin with exotic sweets would suffice.
While the French may have popularise macarons, Dolectto’s petite delights are a reminder that it is still an Italian invention. Inspired by flavours from various regions, they are on par with many established macarons specialty shop in Singapore.
My personal favourites are Balsamic Strawberry, Lemon and Pistachio. I still prefer my macarons more sweet to savoury ones but if you’re daring enough, how about giving their Squid Ink Macaron with Mascarpone Cheese a try?
At $12.00 for a box of 6 assorted macarons, they are the perfect treat to takeaway for potentially envious friends that couldn’t join my afternoon tea treat.
It wasn’t cheap meeting up at a hotel lobby for tea but if I’m gonna pay more than $40.00 just for a few cakes and refillable tea, I might as well choose somewhere fancy like Dolcetto. I think that’s how I define money well spent.