Monday, 30 June 2014

Lobby Lounge @ Conrad – Elegant High Tea

Lobby Lounge - Conrad
This food review was based on invitation hosted by Lobby Lounge and Hungry Go Where

Dining in Conrad Centennial Singapore always have an aura of posh and glamour. The Conrad brand itself should represent luxury that goes hand in hand with elegance. High Tea at Lobby Lounge in Conrad Centennial is no exception to this. It was recently relaunched during the Mother's Day period.


I have to admit, I am not a high tea person. The timing of High Tea does not sit well with me, as it is in the odd hours between lunch and dinner. I'm more towards the lunch and dinner type. During the weekend, there are two seating allocated at Lobby Lounge, 2-4pm and 4-6pm. The earlier seating will have less people, which I preferred. You can enjoy the quiet, exclusive and relaxing atmosphere, while later seating are more packed and it become the typical crowded and hectic buffet.

The Seating

The selection of the food here is heavy on the desserts side. When you enter the Lobby Lounge, the first thing you will notice are their sweets / desserts selection, followed by hot meal left of the Lobby Lounge, Cheese selections in the centre and appetizer and roast dish at the inner sanctum of the lounge. So what are the die die must try this here.

The Cheese Selection

Everything with Chocolate. These selections that all chocolate lovers should be going after to. Whether it is Praline; Cakes; Dessert shots; Fondue of strawberry & marshmallow; or Chocolate blocks, all of them are super yummy as they use top grade chocolates. If you think the chocolate blocks are hard to portion, you can use the hammer to whack it in the bite size that you like.

Everything with Chocolate

Mini Wagyu Cheese Burger BLT. This bite size burger is one of the most popular item here. The meat is juicy, succulent and flavourful, while the size allow you to try out more food option. I pop a few of this, during the high tea session, but I won't disclose how many though. Yum Yum!

Mini Wagyu Cheese Burger BLT

Fresh Oyster and Crayfish Salad. The oysters are fresh as they come from all around the world. The Lounge will only serve what's fresh and in season, thus do ask the chefs what are the type of oysters they are serving that day. The crayfish salad are fresh mixed well with capsicums and served on the crayfish exoskeleton.

Fresh Oyster and Crayfish Salad

Lobster Quiche and Quail Egg Benedict. I am not a quiche lover personally, as it has overpowering taste when it combine with cream and cheese. But a quiche lover like LD, gives the thumbs up to tempted me to try, and yes it does get my approval too. With a good and crisp pastry, and the fillings are well balance and tasty. While the quail eggs Benedict is just smooth, creamy with slight burst of flavour when you put it in your mouth.

Lobster Quiche and Quail Egg Benedict

Roast Beef. Instead of using fancy beef such as wagyu, kobe or dry aged beef, they use normal US Tenderloin. It is perfectly executed, resulting in a tender, juicy meat and intense flavour. The mash potatoes are smooth and the gravy are light but robust. In describing this dish, the chefs used a culinary technical term '...Emince of Tenderloin ...', which I later learn from 'uncle' Google it meant '... thinly sliced of Tenderloin …'. Wow, add a new word to my culinary dictionary. Awesome :)

Roast Beef

The rest of the desserts. The seasonal fruits jelly shots, Chendol shots, and the pear pudding with soft meringue topping provided a sweet finale for your high tea session. The fruits are refreshing, the Chendol capture the essence of our traditional dessert in Singapore, and the pear pudding, just well balance, delicious and not overly sweet.

The rest of the desserts

Of course high tea won't be complete without the tea. The tea selection is from the exquisite Ronnefeldt Tea, served on the multi phase “The Sleeping Teapot”. Yes, unique teapot has phase: sleeping – for brewing; standing at 45 degree angle to adjust the strength of the tea; straight when reach the desired strength and pouring. It is indeed a very memorable encounter. You can also choose coffee, Sangria and other drinks to accompany your high tea. Oh yes, the tea and coffee is free flow.

The Sleeping Teapot - 3 position

Sangria

While there are some hits in the food, there are some misses as well, such as: Scones (Traditional, Salmon, Spinach & Goat Cheese). We find the texture a very dense and solid, a slight disappointment for scones lovers like us. The cream and jam is very good though. Dishes that can be improve are tempura mussels and gratin scallops which at times become chewy and dry as it was left under the heating light too long. The sushi rice also can do with a bit more cooking time and more rice vinegar.

Spinach & Goat Cheese Scones

Service is very inconsistent. For the chefs behind the food and dessert counters, they are very friendly and helpful. However, the service staff presence are minimum. At times it can be difficult to find them or even get their attention to clear the plates. Hopefully they can improve on this.

Sushi

Overall, High Tea at Lobby Lounge is a memorable experience. The atmosphere is very classy, the food is good, the desserts are exquisite. Cheers!!

Thank you very much to Hungry Go Where and Conrad Centennial for the invitation to the tasting event.

Food: 8/10, Desserts: 9/10
Value: 7/10
Service: 6/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Budget per Person: $51 - $80

Lobby Lounge @ Conrad
2 Temasek Boulevard
Lobby Level, Conrad Centennial Singapore
Singapore 038982

T: +65 6884 6884
OH:
Sun - Thu: 07:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat: 07:00 - 01:00

Weekend High Tea:
1st seating 14.00 – 16.00; 2nd seating 16.00 – 18.00
$58++ for adult, $29++ for kids (6-12 Y.O)


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