Tea Lounge, the colonial garden-styled space on the ground level of Regent Singapore, recently launched its English Garden afternoon tea experience. On weekdays, the three-tier afternoon tea selection comprises dainty sandwiches, Regent’s signature scones, pastries, salads and cheeses, paired with premium Gryphon tea blends such as Osmanthus Oolong and Lychee Rose. However, weekend afternoon tea sessions are upgraded with a full buffet featuring various premium offerings. Both weekday and weekend afternoon sessions are available as packages incorporating a glass or free flow prosecco or champagne.
The English Garden weekend afternoon tea buffet was a startling revelation in just how beyond the usual tiered sweets and savouries template the experience transcended. Certainly, the afternoon tea sweet treats – from the fruit-tastic Eton Mess, Fragrant Yuzu Posset and Victoria Sponge Cake to indulgent Triple Chocolate Fudge and Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake for chocolate lovers – did their job and then some, with my favourites being the Rose Apple Profiterole with a tinglingly sweet secret in its core and the Banoffee which wore its ripe, rich banana-ness with swag. On the savoury bites front, the selection included finger sandwiches (think Black Peppercorn Yellow-Fin Tuna Confit and Saffron Cream with Capers in Puff Pastry and Goat’s Cheese and Vegetable Sandwich) and seasonal quiches along with indulgences such as Caviar and assorted Sushi and Maki Rolls with premium toppings such as scallop and eel.
On top of the usual afternoon tea pleasantries, diners are able to help themselves to an extensive buffet featuring a selection of salads with premium meats and seafood such as Cooked Ham with Cloves, Tiger Prawn and Smoked Turkey Breast; carving station choices such as Classic Roasted Wagyu Beef Rump with Truffle, Yorkshire Pudding and Forest Mushroom Jus and Salmon Confit with Sesame Dressing and Crispy Shallots; and a surprisingly extensive and satisfying selection of local and regional sweet and savoury dishes ranging from Chicken Satay, Kueh Pie Tee (Peranakan pastry tart with condiments and toppings), Fried Carrot Cake (fried steamed radish chunks with egg really, and not to be confused with the actual Carrot Cake in the sweets section), Laksa, Ondeh Ondeh (shredded coconut-coated glutinous rice balls filled with gula melaka), Kueh Lapis (multi-layered Indonesian cake), Ang Ku Kueh (soft sticky glutinous rice cake), Braised Pork Belly as well as Steamed Free Range Chinese Herbal Chicken, the latter being the source of a siren-enticing herbal aroma which likely sent hungry stomachs into a frenzy across the entirety of the ground floor. My favourite from the section was the bisque-thick King Prawn Congee, which comforted and calmed with rich oceanic vigour.
As of the date of this article, there are ongoing special offers for the English Garden afternoon tea experiences. Couples can enjoy the 2nd Weekday Afternoon Tea Set at 50% off (U.P. $47++) or the Weekend High Tea Buffet at $58 (U.P. $68++) if they use the promo code “RSTL2ND” and ” RSTL58″ respectively when making their reservations via the hotel website. The usual terms, conditions and exclusions apply.
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