Makeful: Inspiring The Creatives At Heart

2018-09-19 14.44.47 (640x367)It’s always fun to see creative people making something out of nothing — whether it’s as simple as folding cranes out of paper, or making a cartoon character come to life with balls of rice. So it was great to know that to mark its Asia debut on Starhub TV Channel 436, lifestyle specialty channel Makeful HD is launching the #MakefulInspires movement—in collaboration with IKEA Singapore—that will showcase talented Singapore makers through short clips shown on their channel , as well as a series of workshops that aim to stir passion and creativity in every Singaporean.

At the Makeful HD launch held at IKEA Tampines, Musings on the M49 (MOTM49) got to meet three of the five local makers featured in the Makeful shorts. These are scheduled to be shown in eight slots daily on the channel inbetween regular programming starting from October and will also be shared on Makeful’s various digital platforms.

Makeful Shorts’ Artist: Food Artist Shirley Wong (@littlemissbento)

First up was Ms Shirley Wong, famously known as @LittleMissBento on Instagram (ISG) and highly popular for her amazing character creations for Japanese bento lunch box sets, which range from cutesy Disney creatures to Japanese manga icons. It was nice to meet the affable food artist again as I’m a big fan, faithfully following her every creation on ISG. For the launch, Shirley had specially made the cute panda set pictured above, which seriously can make adults, let alone kids, eat all their vegetables obediently!

Ms Wong revealed that she only works towards creating a “designer” meal once every day, which means, yes, her family gets to eat “normal” looking food too. She also disclosed that she does do sketches of what she plan to create the night before as it will easier to visualize it as well as knowing what ingredients she will need. When asked by MOTM49  what characters are the most difficult to make, Ms Wong said, “Definitely the manga characters as you have to get the whole look right, from the eyes to the hair.”

Makeful Shorts’ Artist: Bespoke, Up-cycled and Handmade Furniture Maker Jackie Tan of Triple Eyelid Studio (@tripleeyelid)

Next up was the thorn among the roses, Jackie Tan whose company Triple Eyelid designs custom-made furniture based on materials that the clients provide which can range from beer crates to leftover marble stabs. That is seriously very cool considering we all need to do our bit to reduce environmental waste as much as possible. Take for example the 50 bespoke mooncake crates pictured above which he made from reused wood for a corporate client.

Another creative item he made was using the bottom half of an old manual sewing machine and simply attached  a wooden top on it—and voila!—a unique and totally usable table! The special phone stands on the right were what the media received in our goodie bag. Lovely.

Makeful Shorts’ Artist: Paper and Mixed Media Craft Maker Aida Haron (@aidaville)

Memories are big with Aida Haron and hence just hand her a bunch of colored pens, colored papers, various embellishments, and photographs, and she can create a handmade scrapbook layout for you. The former flight attendent loves to remember the good moments in life and would like to help others to remember theirs too, which brings her much joy. Aida’s art pieces come in all forms – it can be as big as wall plaques or as handy as greeting cards such as the ones below.


Makeful Workshops and Contest

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Aida Haron at her workdesk. [Credit: Makeful Asia]

As part of the #MakefulInspires movement, Aida will be the first local maker to kick off the series of quarterly Makeful workshops. Starting on Saturday October 13, 2018 and to be held at IKEA Alexandria, the Aida Haron craft-making workshop is exclusive to Makeful fans, Starhub subscribers and Aida’s social media followers. There will also be a contest from October 15 where members of the public will get a chance to win an IKEA Gift Card worth $1,000. For more details, visit Makeful’s Facebook page @bemakeful.

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Shirley Wong totally engrossed in her next creation. [Credit: Makeful Asia]


Don’t forget to catch the Makeful shorts on Singapore makers on the Makeful channel or its social media platforms.

Makeful HD, part of Blue Ant Media, is available via Starhub TV Channel 436.

 

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Embark On A Gourmet Escape to Margaret River, Western Australia

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Mention Margaret River and most people will say, “Great wines!” And they are right. Home to over 200 vineyards and 187 wineries, the Western Australian destination—about a 3-hour drive south of Perth—is one of the world’s most famous wine regions. Hence I was chuffed when Musings on the M49 was invited to attend the media event introducing the highlights of this year’s Margaret River Gourmet Escape (gourmetescape.com.au) that will take place from 16-18 November.

Now in its 7th year, the popular food and wine festival is a great way to savor Margaret River’s fine wines, quality local produce, and natural beauty all at one go. Featuring internationally celebrated chefs, food producers and winemakers, 45 food and wine events will be held in over 25 unique locations in the region including wine-tasting at award-winning wineries, BBQs at secluded white beaches and feasts in the scenic Karri forest.

Festival Headliner: Culinary Celebrity Nigella Lawson

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Nigella Lawson [Credit: Margaret River Gourmet Escape]

And new events are still being added it seems. As announced by Western Australia’s Tourism Minister Mr Paul Papalia at the wine and canapé reception held at the National Gallery of Singapore, renowned food celebrity and festival headliner Nigella Lawson will host Supper with Nigella at Xanadu Wines on Saturday 17 November. This is in addition to her other events including the Westpac Gourmet Beach BBQ (16 Nov, Lunch and Dinner), Nigella’s Tea Party at Howard Park Winery (18 Nov), as well as book signings at the Gourmet Village at Leeuwin Estate (17 and 18 Nov).

Margaret River: Great Wines & Food To Be Expected

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Red, red wine… [Credit: Margaret River Gourmet Escape]

Truth be told, you simply cannot not try the wines at a Margaret River event. (Deepest sympathies to those who drove or who can’t drink.) For reds, I started with a 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon by Vasse Felix, said to be first red wine produced in Margaret River and has been made every year since 1972. Deep maroon in color, it has flora notes with a medium-bodied taste. I liked it but I preferred my second more which was a 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot by Cullen Wines as it has a very strong flavor and intense finish.

My first white was a Chardonnay by Pedestal (above left) and it was light with much floral notes that tasted really nice on the palate. I would have missed my second if a fellow guest didn’t gesture to me saying, “Try that now, it’s the last bottle!” Glad he did as the 2017 Art Series Riesling from Leeuwin Estate (above right) is crisp and bubbly, with distinct flavors of lemon and lime. Small wonder it ran out so fast! Add to that, it has easily the most artistic and eye-catching label too.

There was also a special stand where a bartender was mixing Seedlip’s distilled non-alcoholic spirits—comprising spice, garden and grove components—with tonic water and garnishes ranging from pepper pods to peas. It’s not exactly a “gin and tonic without kick” as it was actually quite tasty and refreshing and welcomed by those who had to drive or not into alcohol.

Let’s not forget the canapés. The evening’s food fare comprised Western Australian inspired delights prepared by Chef Seth James from Margaret River’s Wills Domain and Jake Kellie from Singapore’s Burnt Ends, both of whom are part of the 45-strong culinary line up for Margaret River Gourmet Escape 2018. The delicious items this writer managed to get her hands on included Margaret River Wagyu with Manjimup Truffle (above right), Amelia Park Lamb Rib with Wheat Beer Glaze and Toasted Buckwheat, Mario’s Artichoke with Beef and Scampi, Parfait Tartlet with Fermented Blackberry, and Potato cooked in Wattle Seed, Lemon Myrtle, Salted Egg and Manjimup Truffle (cutely served in a bark-like wrap, see above left.)

Additional Tickets & Exclusive SQ Promo Available

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[Credit: Margaret River Gourmet Escape]

There’s no denying that there’s good wining and dining to be had at Margaret River. If you are a food and wine lover, and have time to spare in November, go and check out the programs for Margaret River Gourmet Escape 2018 which will highlight world-renowned wines as well as cuisines ranging from Italian to Chinese, Mexican to Japanese. Besides Nigella Lawson, other leading culinary talent appearing include Rick Stein, Skye Gyngell and Julien Royer, just to name but a few.

Most events are apparently sold out but additional tickets are now available for the following via gourmetescape.com.au:
* Westpac Gourmet Beach BBQ
* Feast in the Forest
* Cape on a Plate
* Chow’s Table Chinese Feast
* Caves Road Cantina at Black Brewing Co.
* Smith & Daughters 90s Trattoria Dinner
* Cape Mentelle International Cabernet Tasting and Long Lunch
* Cullen Chardonnay Tasting & Lunch

In addition, Singapore Airlines have an exclusive promotional offer just for Gourmet Escape subscribers – Return Economy Class fares to Perth around the Gourmet Escape weekend from SGD538 available now till 30 Sept 2018.

For more information on Margaret River Gourmet Escape, visit gourmetescape.com.au.

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Gemmills @ Gemmill Lane

2018-05-11 18.53.39 (640x640)A church mate and I wanted to try something off the beaten track for dinner one evening but we didn’t expect it was going to be that tough to find Gemmills. Technically its address is 110 Amoy Street but to locate its entrance, you need to first get into Amoy Alley, then turn right into a back alley off Gemmill Lane to find this quaint little wine bar that serves all-day dining.

The place was small and dim, but still rather charming thanks to its rustic decor. Tables are tiny too and we reckoned Gemmills is more popular as a place to wine rather than to dine. Its one-page Mediterranean-influenced menu is not extensive, not exactly cheap either, but fascinating nonetheless. Half of it were appetizers priced between SGD$6-$12, most seem very vegetarian (albeit healthy sounding), and “meaty” main courses ($18-32) seem to comprise mainly two fish dishes ($32) and one whole roast chicken ($50). Besides desserts (@$12), there is a decent selection of wines, cocktails, beers and ciders, juices, gourmet coffee and tea.

2018-05-11 18.57.12 (560x640)Since it’s a wine place, we kicked off with the house wines which were just $10 per glass during Happy Hour (5-7pm, Mon to Thu). I love my red but my friend’s white was quite bland. Luckily they served water as well so my pal was happy to go with that thereafter, while I had another glass of red.

2018-05-11 19.02.44 (640x605)As one of our starters, we ordered a House Baked Sourdough ($6) served with herbal butter which was quite nice. Although the crust was hard as rock, the inside was super soft and tasted really yummy with the butter.

2018-05-11 19.03.01 (635x640)We also had the Cold Cuts Board ($18) which was actually sufficient as a dish by itself. Lots of delicious slices of different kinds of ham, a generous dosh of salad, and even came with sourdough bread. Service was on the whole great but we felt that the waiter could have helped by letting us know how big the portions for each dish is, and – as there is bread with the cold cuts board – that we may not need to order a separate bread item (unless we wanted to). Still, they were considerate enough to give us two tables considering the amount of food we ordered. As you can see, the platter above plus our wines took up a whole table by itself. I’m not kidding when I say the tables are small…

2018-05-11 19.03.10 (640x640)We also had an Endive Salad ($10), a neat medium-sized bowl piled to the brim with slices of endives, hazel nuts, feta cheese and burnt honey. I don’t think I ever ate an endive in my iife but for this carnivore, this salad was one of the best “cow food” I’ve ever eaten. Crunchy, sweet, tangy and fragrant, just so many flavors in one dish.

2018-05-11 19.12.35 (615x640)Being a carnivore, I would have gone for the roast chicken item but at $50 and a whole chicken at that, there was no way the two of us could finish it. So instead we went for the Barramundi ($32) served with acid onions, leeks and salmarejo. The portion was so small – it was less than 2-in square – both of us were glad we didn’t order this as a main each! And the wood plate itself – gorgeous as it is – took up a quarter of the table! All said, the fish was very very well-cooked, thankfully. Soft, fresh and extremely tasty. For the price though, we could have order two or three other appetizers.

All in all, the quality of the food and the quaint ambience – dim as it was, I assume it’s brighter in the day – made Gemmills a nice experience. We were later told by the waitress that it’s managed by the same people who also runs Maggie Joan’s next door and Moosehead. Cool, two more places with good food (we assume) to try out in future then.

Gemmills is at 110 Amoy Street, #01-02 (entrance via Gemmill Lane). Opens 12nn-11pm (Mon-Thu), 10am-12mn (Fri) and 6pm-11pm (Sat). Closed on Sundays.

 

J65 Seafood Buffet @ Hotel Jen Tanglin

2018-06-08 18.33.31 (640x640)Let me tell you: trying to get a hotpot / steamboat restaurant reservation with a popular brand name on a Friday evening is practically impossible unless you’d booked way way in advance or are willing to wait over two hours for a walk-in chance. That’s why last Friday, me and two birthday “babies” pals of mine ended up with the Seafood Madness Buffett (SGD78++) at Hotel Jen Tanglin instead. Which wasn’t a bad alternative at all if truth be told.

2018-06-08 18.20.46 (640x640)For instance, just this gorgeous rack of chilled golden tiger prawns and snow crab claws had me at hello. The prawns were meaty and tasty, the snow crabs juicy and succulent. There were a good few customers who piled up their plates with nothing but the snow crab claws, and not that we can blame them.

2018-06-08 18.22.36 (640x640)Also popular were the giant Boston Lobsters, which the staff had to keep replenishing as well. Personally I found the meat a tad too tough and my hope of having free-flow lobster had to be curbed for another day.

2018-06-08 18.23.13 (640x582)There was also a fabulous pot of chili crab, which was arguably more popular than the lobsters. The crabs were fresh and fleshy, and the gravy absolutely delicious, great for dipping bread or papadum (Indian crackers) into. Though a tad messy to eat in a public place (and at a hotel no less), I seriously couldn’t get enough of this.

2018-06-08 18.30.15 (626x640)Oysters were surprisingly “hidden” away at a far corner, just in front of the grilled counter where you can order lobster, prawn, salmon or anything else grilled. Needless to say, at most times, all you see is ice on the tray till it got replenished yet again.

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The buffet also offers a wide variety of seafood-related items to choose from such as this giant seafood paella, lobster fried rice, bee hoon with fish slices, soups, etc.

2018-06-08 18.21.02 (640x528)This huge baked salmon was a sight to behold, but I prefer my salmon in sashimi style and there is a whole counter devoted to Japanese sushi items and loads of salmon sashimi. We ended up using the wasabi and soy sauce from here as our “chili” base for our chilled seafood choices as we couldn’t find one to our liking.

2018-06-08 18.31.39 (640x640)The buffet is not all seafood – roast items such as honey baked ham and beef steak were actually good. There is also counters where you can make your own rojak and kueh pie ti. My pals probably tried every item there was; as for me, my total focus was on prawns and crabs on repeat.

2018-06-08 18.24.41 (640x640)Desserts feature the usual suspects – fruits, cakes, pastries, chocolate fountain, etc. The durian pengat got us excited but nice as it was, we have tasted better (at a steamboat buffet at M Hotel).

2018-06-08 18.22.51 (620x640)The buffet ended at 9.30pm but we – and a few other tables – were allowed to carry on and eat/chat till we are done. I guess the days of 24-hour hotel cafes are long gone. For its choices, J65 Seafood Madness Buffet (Friday-Sunday) is value-for-money, especially if you simply indulge in everything seafood. There’s a discount given for online reservations, which makes it even more worthwhile.

I for one wouldn’t mind going back for another round. Maybe to see how different is their International Seafood Buffet (SGD88++) is on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Wednesdays is Lobster Rock ‘n’ Roll nights (SGD$129++). If you are big on seafood, this is one buffet worth checking out. J65’s daily seafood themed dinner promotion ends 31 August 2018.

J65 is at Level 1, Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore, 1A Cuscaden Road,  Singapore 249716.

Plonk @ Serangoon Gardens

2018-04-04 22.05.21 (640x447)Had a gathering with ex-colleagues from my TV days a couple of Wednesdays ago and the venue of choice was Plonk, a rather cool food and wine bar in Serangoon Gardens. Housed in a two-storied terrace house, the place certainly looks warm and inviting, with service staff greeting you at the entrance.

Downstairs is where the bar is with a long table in the centre. Upstairs, dining tables are spaciously placed but what is really captivating is the number of colorful artpieces and stylish photographs that lined the walls as decor.

2018-04-04 19.24.38 (640x640)The food and ambience at Plonk is described as Mediterranean with a dash of Australian. The extensive menu with clearly-named categories seems to cater much to large groups as sharing is much encouraged starting with the “Sharing is Caring” appetizers; the meat, seafood and pasta items in “The Main Attraction”; a variety of salads in “A Healthy Kick”; 10 kinds of pizzas from “In Crust We Trust”; and finally, four dessert choices in “the Grand Finale”. Beverages wise, there’s a wide selection of wines, beers, cocktails and gourmet coffees to choose from.

2018-04-04 19.50.52 (640x640)As there was six of us, sharing was the obvious choice. We kicked off with the appetizers as of course those came first. The Housemade Beetroot Yoghurt, Hummus And Pesto Dips Served With Toast ($16) was lovely although I can live without the beetroot yoghurt which others seem to enjoy. A very nice starter was the Patatas Bravas With Smoked Paprika Mayonnaise ($12, seen top right), which are potato cubes fried in a spicy tomato sauce and so good that we ordered another plate.

2018-04-04 19.50.47 (640x640)Another delightful item was the Seared Halloumi With Watermelon, Shallot And Accompanied By Raspberry Reduction ($13). The mini slabs of halloumi, a traditional semi-hard white cheese originating from Cyprus, were deeply savory and its unique flavor further enhanced by the robust shallot and sweet watermelon.

One thing for sure, Plonk’s pizzas are very good and best of all, they are all thin-crust. We first ordered the Truffle ($25) which is generously sprinkled with forest mushrooms, shaved parmesan and (we think) dashes of truffle. It was delicious and it didn’t take us long to decide that we should order another one for our second round.
2018-04-04 20.34.15 (640x640)Our first “add-on” was a pasta – we had the Seafood Linguin Aglio Olio Style ($24) that came with jumbo prawns, calamari, blue mussels and baby scallops. The pasta was delicious but as every person took a piece of seafood each, all I can tell you that they were all fresh and tasty.
2018-04-04 20.35.41 (640x640)So glad we ended on a great taste – we had the Four Cheese pizza ($25), a bright yellow beauty comprising mozzarella, blue cheese, cheddar and parmesan. Every bite was a delight. We only later learnt that it’s 1-for-1 pizza on Tuesday evenings. If we have known earlier, we would have come a day earlier. Never mind, next visit will be on a Tuesday for sure.
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My choice of poison for the night is this Italian beer. Peroni Nastro Azzurro is a Euro pale lager is crisp and refreshing. Created in 1963 with the finest hops, the name – I googled -means “Blue Ribbon” in honor of an Italian ocean liner which crossed the Atlantic Ocean in the fastest time in 1933. Better than naming it the Titanic I guessed, haha! Good beer.

Besides the good food, what really made our evening really great was the fact that we had the whole second floor to ourselves, making lots of noise (as always) without bothering everyone else. We thought it must be a quiet Wednesday night until we trooped downstairs after paying up and saw that it was packed like sardines on the ground floor.

All in all, Plonk was a delight – from its great pizzas to the artworks adorning its wall to the attentive service. We paid $26++ each which was really decent considering the amount of food we ordered. Definitely a place we can make a return to.

Plonk is at 7 Maju Avenue, Serangoon Gardens Estate, Singapore 556685. Opens daily from Mon-Fri (11am to late) and Sat-Sun (9am to late).

Wine Tasting @ ONE°15 Marina

IMG_20170715_232400_727There’s lots of things you can do on a yacht and having a wine tasting session while cruising to an offshore island is one of them. As mentioned in my previous blog post on WOK°15 Kitchen, Musings on the M49 was also invited to ONE°15 Marina Club last week for the launch of Jules Taylor Wines in Singapore.
L1160967 (640x372)Hailing from Marlborough, New Zealand, Jules Taylor Wines (JTW) is a boutique, family owned and operated company with winemaker Jules Taylor (hence the name) at the helm. Ms Taylor unfortunately wasn’t present at the session but we have her husband and JTW CEO, George Elworthy, to tell us all about their love for wines.
2017-07-12 15.38.19 (2) (640x635)The tasting session took place on board the ANKA, a 75ft monohull and the latest addition to the fleet managed by ONE15 Luxury Yachting, which charters yachts for events and special occasions. As we set sail towards Lazarus Island, the wines started flowing into our glasses as we piled our plates with various cheeses. (Not forgetting, tasty canapes from WOK°15 as well).
L1160974 (640x480)JTW has three tiers to their portfolio: Classic (‘The Better Half’), Premium (‘Jules Taylor’) and Elite (‘OTQ’, whcih stands for “On The Quiet”). Jules Taylor is responsible for the latter two, while no prizes in guessing what her “better half” George (pictured above) is the winemaker for! The couple source their grapes from vineyards in the Lower Wairau, Omaka and Awatere Valleys in Marlborough, located on the northeastern tip of New Zealand’s South island and the region that placed New Zealand-styled Sauvignon Blanc on the world map.

As we sample each brand, George fills us in on the types of grapes and the conditioning that went into the production of each wine. Here’s a sampling of what we had:
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Jules Taylor Chardonnay  2016: Fresh and light, with hints of vanilla and oak. Smooth on the palate as well. Goes well with fish items, either steamed and deep-fried.

The Better Half Pinot Noir 2016 : This red is a delight with rich berry flavours and a robust aftertaste. Goes well with savoury items the likes of roast pork or grilled beef cubes.

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Jules Taylor Pinot Gris 2016: I’m not a white wine person so it takes a real good one to take my breath away and this one did. Its strong fruity and floral notes hit you by the first sip, and even more so by the second gulp. Very rich and complex, with a lingering finish. Nice.

The Better Half Sauvignon Blanc 2016: This has a fruity aroma, crisp and vibrant, and smooth on the palate. Goes well with crunchy food such as deep fried fish skin with salted egg or corn chips with guacamole.

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OTQ was created “on the quiet” by Jules (hence the name). According to George, it is made of special grapes that are hand harvested and then pressed into old Chardonnay French oak barrels for fermentation and maturation. Limited in quantities, the collection comes in bespoke bottles decorated with birds and flora found in vineyards around Marlborough.

OTQ Sauvignon Blanc 2016 : Pale green-gold in colour, this has a nice blend of fruity flavours with notes of pecan and honey. A tad gassy, but a strong refreshing taste nonetheless.

OTQ Pinot Noir 2016
: Dark ruby red in hue, the fruity flavours are intense with oakly notes. Have a very strong rich taste. Was hoping to have more but the yacht had returned to its ONE°15 Marina berth by then. Sad.

OTQ is priced from S$100, Jules Taylor from $$60-$70 and The Better Half from $$70-$80. For more information, visit www.julestaylor.com or contact its Singapore distributor, SUTL Consumer Goods at www.sutl.com or 65 6266 3378

 

 

10 Scotts High Tea @ Grand Hyatt Revisited

2017-03-04-15-10-54-640x640A few years ago when I had the afternoon tea at 10 Scotts @ Grand Hyatt, I did not have a pleasant experience cos’, though the food spread was decent, the service was way below par. So when another group of friends booked the place for a get-together recently, I wasn’t exactly looking forward to it. Thankfully, much has changed since my last visit – not only is the food better presented, the service this time is top-notch too.
2017-03-04-15-11-07-640x640Let’s begin with the food. As our server Nicholas patiently told us, the “hot” (savoury stuff) and “cold” items (desserts) previously served all together on a tiered tray are now separated, which is a very good thing. The “hot” items such as the delicious flaky-crusted curry puff and yummy deep-fried crab balls are now kept warm on the long, buffet-styled counter, where one can also find steaming hot soups, har kow (prawn dumplings), shrimp sandwiches, mini ham wraps, and an assortment of sushi.
2017-03-04-15-11-19-640x640Scones are now served on the same counter and only delivered when they are fresh out of the oven. Needless to say, each lot goes very fast so I would advise that you grab what you need the moment you see there’s a pile available.
2017-03-04-16-41-37-640x640There’s also a live station here when the chef will cook chicken breast in cream sauce a la minute, garnished with parsley and roasted cherry tomatoes.
2017-03-04-16-44-02-640x640There was an added surprise too – fresh oysters are also available in the fridge where you will usually find frozen desserts or cakes. So together with my chicken and prawn dumpling as seen above, for a moment I thought I was having buffet lunch and not high tea!
2017-03-04-16-24-57-640x640Front of the fridge (seen in background above) is an island table where there’s a decent selection of cheeses, breads, cold cuts (parma ham!) and other garnishes. I have to say that this was my favourite corner. Would have gone for a fourth round if I didn’t remember in time that the tiered desserts have yet to arrive…
2017-03-04-16-21-51-581x640An hour into our seating – we opted for 3-5pm – the dessert tray was served. The desserts looked sparse on the tray but every item will satisfy every sweet tooth and can be replenished. Just before the cut-off time, Nicholas came along to ask us what items we want more of and we just ordered what we enjoyed, like the strawberries, shortbread sticks, and opera cakes. Previously, each person would get a set – and there were 3 of us this time – but I guessed this way wastage can definitely be cut ‘cos by the time you reach this point, you will be too stuffed to eat anything more. So, if the sweet stuff is what you came for, either don’t eat too much of the counter stuff or ask them to bring this earlier!
2017-03-04-16-20-47-640x640As mentioned, service was a great improvement from my last visit. Not only did waiter Nicholas explained clearly how the afternoon tea works – there’s also a free-flow champagne version – he was very good with the tea recommendations as well. When we were done with our first choice, he would return recommending that we try another flavour for variety. And when he brought the dessert tray, he didn’t just plonk it on the table and walk away, but would go on introducing every item on it. Needless to say, thanks to him, my party had a wonderful high tea experience this time round at 10 Scotts!

For its delectable food spread alone, 10 Scotts is definitely well worth the money, esp now that the presentation and service have improved greatly. Worth a visit.

Afternoon tea (regular/champagne) is $45/$75 (weekdays) and $55/$85 (weekends and PH). The seatings are from 12.00pm-2.30pm and 3-5pm.