Japanese High Tea @ Sheraton Towers

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When an ex-classmate suggested Sheraton Towers as the venue for a class reunion, we didn’t think twice about it ‘cos for a long time the hotel was quite well known for its afternoon teas. What we didn’t know was that besides a traditional English afternoon tea set (served on tiers), they now also have a quaint Japanese afternoon tea set (SGD39++, pictured above of two sets) which is actually more enticing!

For starters, part of the Japanese set is presented in a cool black square frame that could hold petite plates and spoons of bite-sized Japanese sweets such as ice mocha roll, sakura jelly, mizu youkan and green tea daifiku. An assortment of sushi, salmon sashimi and cold soba with quail egg and fish roe are served separately on a plate, whilst green tea ice cream is only brought to the table when you are almost done with the main items (the waitresses are watchful, yes…)

Must say it was quite an interesting and enjoyable turn from the usual English tea fare, with most of the items tasty and decent, and ingredients of the sushi and sashimi fresh.

Beverages of choice not only include Japanese green tea and Chinese Jasmine tea but also the range of coffee and English teas served with the traditional afternoon tea set.

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There was a time when Sheraton Towers was a haunt of ours for high teas as their cakes and desserts were among the best in town (especially their mudpies). Nowadays, their afternoon teas are only served in tiers in the lounge and no longer buffet-style in the cafe. Anyway, as there was a bunch of us, we also ordered two sets of the English afternoon tea set (SGD33++, pictured above).

Not sure if they change the menu weekly but on our set we had scones, red velvet cake, mini apple crumble, lemon cheese roll and salty caramel cheese cake. The only savoury item was the pumpernickel with smoked salmon and cavier. These items weren’t bad but they weren’t something you’d like more of either.  Most disappointing were the finger sandwiches of tomato/cheese and turkey ham/cucumber which used roughly cut, thick dry white and brown bread that didn’t make them appetising at all. Luckily, the pita bread with tuna was decent. Overall though, certainly not on par with other top hotels’ high tea offerings. Pity really.

Thankfully, the Japanese afternoon tea set was unique and refreshing, and we wouldn’t mind having it again. Check it out if you haven’t try one before. They have a SG50 promotion now on till August 31: Those aged 50 and above need only pay SGD20++ for either tea sets. Go on now, bring a senior (or yourself) and eat up for Singapore!

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Afternoon Tea At Fullerton Bay

20140719_151511Me and an ex-classmate’s quest to find the best high teas on the island continues and this time, we opted for the high tea at Fullerton Bay Hotel’s The Landing Point which runs from 3-5.50pm daily.

Located at the lobby, it’s quite a cool chic place with a fine view of the Marina Bay Sands area. Though our two-seater was  on the side furthest away from windows facing the esplanade,  it was a comfy spot as the walking passage in-between provided us with much more “elbow” room than the tables-with-sofa seats.

The afternoon tea was a simple 3-tier affair (pictured with sets for two) offering a varied selection of savory sandwiches and sweet pastries, with plain/raisin scones as starters, all of which are refillable. And of course, there was also a good selection of coffee and tea. The mini sandwiches were really good and we were glad we get to refill another “row” of those.  The waitresses do go around to replenish but alas they only did that just once for us. In fact, the only snag at the lounge is that you have to wave much in order to get attention, whether it’s to order the next cup of coffee or pot of tea, or have the items replenished.  Which is quite odd cos there is like about 5-6 waiters and waitresses around and the place isn’t very big and everyone is kinda having the same thing bar the drinks! Take the scones for example, served separately, they were nice and warm when they first served it to you but by the time you request for a second round, the scones were already cold and hard…

Probably the troublesome bit for the serving staff is that the kitchen appears to be located quite a distance away but still, more attention given to waving diners would be very much desired!

At $48++ per person, it’s a decent high tea and great for those with a sweet tooth as the petite cakes and pastries can be super sweet. For me, the mini parma ham burger, Quiche and the (first) warm scone had me at hello…