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.

High Tea @ The St Regis

2015-12-16 15.08.01 (480x640)Having read that Brasserie Les Saveurs at The St Regis offers great ambience for afternoon tea, me high tea mate and I decided to give it a try. Well, it may serve contemporary French cuisine at other times, but its decadent setting certainly gives it an air of an opulent English tea parlour. Not to mention that the inside wall comprises floor-to-ceiling windows which offers a great view of the gardens and swimming pool, and we were really happy to get a table beside it.
2015-12-16 15.07.50 (640x480)But we were here for the food and just by first glance across the main table spread, everything looked real good.  Scones alone have five types with various condiments to choose from. A good high tea should always have good scones. Beverages wise, the coffee selection was minimal but teas (from TWG)  has a wide range.  On the waiter’s recommendation, we opted for the St Regis Special Tea and the Grand Wedding Tea, both of which were richly fragrant and fruity.
2015-12-16 15.10.10 (640x480)Next to the scones, there were hot pastries ranging from  curry puffs to sausage rolls, cool cuts such as parma ham and smoked salmon, and – something which we thought was rather out of place – a decent selection of sushi.
2015-12-16 15.09.12 (480x640)It also have a wide selection of pretty good looking creamy cakes, sweet desserts of every kind and, as tis the season, Christmas goodies such as gingerbread biscuits and eggnog.
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Even the fruits look bright and colourful….
2015-12-16 15.09.18 (480x640)With so many food choices, the chocolate fountain seems neglected by most of the diners…
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…Cos there was also a live counter that offers sweet and savoury crepes cooked a la minute by this friendly chef…
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There was also a superb cheese counter offering a dozen odd selections with wafers and various garnishing to go with your choice…
2015-12-16 15.33.38 (480x640)Plus a truly rich and yummy lobster bisque soup in a bread cup which was served to us at the table.
2015-12-16 15.34.20 (480x640)Alas, the could-have-been-perfect high tea was tarnished by this tier offering. The moment it landed on our table, not only none of the items looked appetising, they also appeared stale. The finger sandwiches were dry and the pastries didn’t come across as fresh. Worse of all was the “cream puff”, the filling of which was what seriously we thought was really bad goat cheese mousse. Later we were to find out that it was foie gras but whoa, if it’s so, somebody has definitely got to look into changing it. The manager confessed that there have been previous complaints about it and he said he will inform the kitchen accordingly.
2015-12-16 16.34.10 (480x640)At $49++ per person,  the afternoon tea is actually quite worth the price bar the tier selection. Here’s hoping they will get that changed for the better cos as it is, we have tried better tier fare elsewhere.