The Grand Old Dame is looking splendid after almost two years of restoration works. And she has started to roll out unique dining experiences that only she is capable of offering, such as the eternally elegant “Raffles Afternoon Tea” which can be partaken in the main lobby of this legendary hotel.
Although it heaves with classic Englishness appearance-wise, the food, apart from the scones which are escorted by clotted cream and a strawberry and rose petal jam, is a little less straightforward. And I really like that about it.
Executive Pastry Chef @chienlin_tai and his team have put together three tiers of scrumptiousness that include mini sandwiches formed from cottony-soft housemade bread in assorted flavours, coupled with delicious fillings. Proving most popular with those present yesterday were the chicken mayo in mixed grain and the crab in curry bread.
The middle tier’s strawberry yogurt cake and the crunchy peanut bar (an inspired take on Raffles Hotel’s iconic Long Bar’s famous peanut shell-strewn floor) were very good but for me, it was the pistachio mousse and pistachio chocolate in choux puff pastry that reigned supreme.
Sitting pretty on the top: a fruit and nut loaf and a refreshing coconut panna cotta with passionfruit and mango. I liked them a lot as well.
Available daily between 12noon and 6pm, the “Raffles Afternoon Tea” is priced at $68++ per pax and includes a beverage of your choice. Champagne is also offered with a top-up. Granted this tea set is not cheap but if you desire whiling away an afternoon over tastefully done food and drinks in a beautiful iconic venue, this would suit you to a “Tea”.