Thursday, 16 August 2018

Lobby Lounge – Weekend Afternoon Tea with Harvest of The Sea [MEDIA INVITE]

Scones - from Weekend Afternoon Tea
Lobby Lounge - Conrad Centennial Singapore

Lobby Lounge at Conrad Centennial Singapore has unveiled a sumptuous four-course afternoon tea with a twist that combines a quintessential British Culinary experience with a decadent seafood platter and a fine selection of cheeses platter paired with a glass of Prosecco.

Executive Chef Mandar does away with the Lobby Lounge previous buffet style afternoon tea, instead offering a more elegant approach of Traditional High Tea experience. Weekend Afternoon Tea with Harvest of The Sea experience consists of four courses.

Weekend Afternoon Tea with Harvest of The Sea Menu

First Course Poached Boston Lobster, Irish Oysters, Fresh Prawns. The first course is paired with a glass of Prosecco. The lobster and prawns are fresh and springy, while the Irish oysters are briny and sweet. The vinegar dressing is a perfect companion to lighten up the rich seafood and tasted especially good when you mixed it with lime. The glass of Prosecco add a hint of sweetness while you savour the seafood. (LD’s comments)

Poached Boston Lobster, Irish Oysters, Fresh Prawns

Since I can’t take alcohol, I started my first drink with Iced version of Ronnefeldt Morgentau Tea, a blend of sencha, flower petals, mango and lemon.

Prosecco and Iced Morgentau Tea

Second Course is the combination of savoury and sweet bite-size dishes. For the second course onwards, the drinks pairing will be free flow of Ronnefeldt Tea or Brazilian Coffee. LD choose Sweet Kiss, flavoured fruit infusions of strawberries, pineapple and kiwis; While I continue with my Morgentau but in the hot version.

Second Course

The savoury bites include House Cured Salmon and Guacamole, Cucumber with Dill Cream Cheese; Heirloom Tomato and Marinated Mozzarella Tartlet; and Egg with Japanese Horseradish Mayo and Chives. My personal favourite is the Heirloom Tomato with Marinated Mozzarella Tartlet. This tartlet is acidic and packs of punch, especially coming from the tomato and marinated mozzarella. Good preparation for the sweet bites coming next.

House Cured Salmon and Guacamole, Cucumber with Dill Cream Cheese;
Heirloom Tomato and Marinated Mozzarella Tartlet (at the back)

Egg with Japanese Horseradish Mayo and Chives

Savoury Mini Bites

The sweet bites include Orange Curd and Fresh Thyme Flower, Ivory Chocolate Mousse; Classic Mille Feuille and Vanilla Cream; Baked Mango and Passionfruit Lava, Coconut Coulis and Live Zest; Hazelnut Bavaroise, Coffee Mousse and Soft Sponge; Sakura Rose and Raspberry Red Velvet; and Strawberries with Classic Chantilly and Pandan Chantilly.

Hazelnut Bavaroise, Coffee Mousse and Soft Sponge

Orange Curd and Fresh Thyme Flower

A generous spread of sweet bites, the Hazelnut Bavaroise is my top pick as it tasted like deluxe Ferrero Rocher, showcasing generous hazelnut fillings. Next is Classic Mille Feuille, that is creamy and crispy; followed by moist and flavourful Orange Curd.

Baked Mango and Passionfruit Lava, Coconut Coulis and Live Zest
Classic Mille Feuille and Vanilla Cream

Near the end of the second course, I feel a little overwhelmed by the cream base bites coming from the Sakura Rose and Chantilly. It might be good to replace one of this dish with something lighter considering there will be two more courses coming.

Sakura Rose and Raspberry Red Velvet

Strawberries with Classic Chantilly and Pandan Chantilly

Third Course, Warm Scones Served with Clotted Cream, Homemade Fig Jam and Homemade Strawberry Jam. Afternoon Tea is just not complete without scones. Two type of scones, plain and raisin. The version of the scones here is very refined, unlike the rustic version you find in regular cafes. However, it is delicious. For us, the combination of clotted cream with the fig jam is just YUM!!

Warm Scones Served with Clotted Cream, Homemade Fig Jam and Homemade Strawberry Jam

Fourth Course, Cheese Board, Brie Cheese, Chaumes and Tomme de Savoie. A nice ending to the meal, where the savoury and saltiness from the cheese helps to balance the overwhelming sweetness from the second and third course.

Cheese Board, Brie Cheese, Chaumes and Tomme de Savoie

I end my high tea experience with an Americano. Please note that you are allowed to change your type of drinks tea or coffee anytime during the session.

Sweet Kiss Tea

Overall, we find the new Afternoon Tea experience at Lobby Lounge is definitely elegant and a memorable one. Afternoon Tea should be about cosiness, chatting and enjoying the overall experience without the need to stand up and pick up your food from the buffet line. On top of that, the quality of the Afternoon Tea is just excellent. Definitely must try. Cheers!!

Thank you very much to Conrad Centennial Singapore for the invitation.

Weekend Afternoon Tea with Harvest of the Sea
When: Every Saturday and Sunday
Time: 13.00 – 17.00
Where: Lobby Lounge, Conrad Centennial Singapore.
Price:
S$68++ (Adult) - Includes free-flow of Ronnefeldt tea, coffee and a glass of Prosecco
S$98++ (Adult) - Includes free-flow of Ronnefeldt tea, coffee and free flow sparkling wine
S$34++ (Child 6-12 years old) Includes free-flow of Ronnefeldt tea and coffee, excludes seafood platter and selection of cheese

 Food: 8.5/10
Value: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Ambiance: 8.5/10
Budget per Person: $51 - $80

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

T: +65 6432 7483
OH:
Sun - Thu: 07:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat: 07:00 - 01:00

Daily Afternoon Tea: 13.00 – 17.00

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