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High/ Afternoon Tea

High/ Afternoon Tea

What my mum and I bond over from time to time.... Will never forgo our ritual of indulging in scones, cakes and finger sandwiches for anything else 💖
Timtamtum ✨
Timtamtum ✨

The weekends go by quickly and I appreciate any chance to have my idea of guilty pleasures: dainty, exquisite desserts of all sorts.
My second time having Leclair and these are indeed one of the best take on the elongated choux-like French pastry in Singapore. A firm puff that does not go soft (conditional on the method of storage, as the store staff poignantly informs); these were emblazoned and stuffed with a wide selection of thick flavoured fillings and prime ingredients. My favourites are the hazelnut, pistachio, salted caramel.... oh wait every one I had was a favourite 🤪

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“My” most expensive but best red bean pau ❤️

Once wrote “Just one of our (mum & I) guilty pleasures, the upmarket tau sar paus here have not once disappoint since we discovered them a few years ago.” — oh how true.

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While searching for what to have around Bukit Timah, Tastemaker Victoria’s vote of approval on the flavoured scones here immediately lured me to try them out. I started with 1 red wine fig scone and a raspberry sugared brioche before concluding I needed to try the other 2 flavours of scones (earl grey, rum & raisins) while having a savoury item to “balance” things.
A good brioche with fresh raspberries; this was like a much denser version of comfortingly soft white bread.
The scones might look small but reflected what you’d get in a true English tea set; a nimble sets you up for so much baked, and in this case flavored, goodness.

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Holidays mean treatyoself?? #2
Someone i find influential at work sang praise about the croque monsieur at Providore
Quote: “I’ve never tasted such good soft yet viscous cheese in my life”; he was quite right about the melted and baked cheese-milk-butter atop 2 slices of premium white bread with my choice of tuna (instead of the usual ham).
Besides that the bakes from Providore were faultless save for the scone which was dense enough yet with an aftertaste that was lacklustre(if I make sense).

One of the commendable cuppa chai in town (literally) till I find something better

P.S: easy for those who are not a fan Masala Chai, which is really an acquired taste.

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The National Day festive season has so much🍴🍽🍴in stored but I only have one mouth and if all else fails I knew this had to be something I could not miss to celebrate the patriotic occasion.
The description read “Tender soft blue pea cake layered with coconut flesh and a luxurious layer of coconut curd, encased with light coconut fresh cream. Finished with sea-salted dedicated coconut”
To be honest I did not get what blue pea should taste like but the calming blue dye was so nice to look at. What I loved was the fresh cream that was not saccharine- as expected from my favourite bakery. If the stewed coconut flesh with a nice crunch was a soldier, it was marching in unison with the truly soft cake. Local born Cedele outdoing itself once again, happy birthday Singapore 💋✨

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Save for the bespoke tea selection here that comes nicely arranged; my high tea set was desperately poor. The first alarm was an unkempt area of the place (think mops and pails) outrightly visible as we were seated. Then the paltry looking tea set that came in a nice display I must at least attempt to credit. The last straw was really sending 2 items (truffle macaroni, some supposed Mochi) back to the display with zero draw to continue after a taste.
I am not pleased to be mean but really also “what is a high tea without scones first and foremost” *in a haughty English tone 🙊*

(#throwback) Mother’s Day means mummy get her favourite tarts as a treat while I get the delicious banana coconut butter cake slice too. The delicate tart shell with just the right crunch always wins us over; while the butter cake slices although pricey is our way we “treatyoselves”.

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Forked on these with alacrity; they were so much joy with rich cream that wasn’t saccharine at all. If you are not a cream person I’d suggest going for everything except the meringue roll as the latter was simply cream with meringue chunks- with hardly any cake. Completely appropriate for a person who licks finishes (good) cream off any cake completely and effortlessly.

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One of the rare restful Saturdays brightened up by an afternoon tea spread with the parents and Friend ❤️
The assortment of draft cold brew teas here are great and something I’d return for; whatever the draft process is you’d get refreshing tea with just the right thickness if you understand where I’m coming from. Any trace of bitter tea that has been sitting around for way too long is completely absent in all the teas we had 👍🏻

As for the desserts the dense chiffon cake was an absolute sweet treat and the cream puff are exquisite with rich flavoured cream that wasn’t saccharinely sweet. The only one that did not exceed expectations was the crumbly scones that my picky palate that has grown accustomed to certain type of scones from my London exchange would not order again.

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#throwback- Relish the weekends where mum and I have the car to travel to slightly inaccessible (by public transport) places in Singapore. My cake set had great traditional Yuan Yang and a moist enough carrot cake with a choke full of walnuts; that you get in every bite.
What sadly contrasted the carrot cake though was the pandan non-chilled slice that was a little dry.

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Artisan milk coffee done right- there, right there *gulps* 💆‍♀️

Eat to live, live to eat. Alternating between the 2 all day err day?

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