Afternoon delight

21 09 2011

Peekaboo... The freshly baked perfect scones – plain and cranberry – tease from underneath perfectly folded cotton napkins.

I’M THE first person to acknowledge the fact that many personalities make me up.  I mean, I could go profound and say I’m multi-faceted.  But I’d rather go straight to the point – many personalities make me up.

That’s the reason why I do believe that one person can have quite a few “best friends.”  Not just one, but not many either.  Just a few.  Each of them share with me a “world” that sometimes I was surprised to find out existed, something I got cognizant of only when they arrived – when they came into my life and arrested my collective consciousness.

Two of them are Friendship and Partner.  Each of them – totally independent of the other – has been sort of bugging me to consider moving to Singapore for a while now.  They were bugging me but not annoying me, allowing me to take my own sweet time.  The inevitable happened and I did find myself eventually having to move.

So it was just fitting for the three of us to come together and hang out.  Friendship does make wonderful plans, and she has had a stellar record in my book when it comes to her restaurant choices.  (We have yet to start on our “Miele Guide” restaurant tour.)  So when she asked, “Afternoon tea at The Fullerton Hotel on Saturday,” Partner and I, breathless in anticipation, could only say yes.

The Courtyard, The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore.

 

The imposing lobby dwarfed me.

Afternoon tea is particularly English and steeped in tradition.  And judging from its presence in restaurant and hotel menus here, it’s quite Singaporean too.

The Courtyard at The Fullerton Hotel – cavernous and imposing with its unbelievably high ceiling, lush indoor greenery, and glass roofing that let in natural light that bathed everything it touched with an ethereal glow – keeps this tradition alive by offering “something hot, something savory and something sweet” from Monday to Friday, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, and on Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

For something that’s meant to be a precursor to the main meal of a day, The Fullerton Hotel’s Afternoon Tea menu proves to be quite substantial, boasting a wide array of tea choices – all TWG! – with pastry towers that beautifully showcase a selection of savory sandwiches and sweet tea cakes.

Our first tower of savory and sweet treats!

 

Partner and Frienship were quick to spot their favorites from this wide array.

For my “something hot,” I asked for the Fruit Mountain, a fruit blend tea concoction that is “scattered with fresh flowers” and has a “honeyed aftertaste of exotic sweetness.”  My “something savory” turned out to be the scrumptious homemade scones – warm, creamy, flaky, and crumbly – with clotted cream that would melt and slide down the glistening crust.  And to put a sweet ending to a leisurely afternoon spent with real friends and amazing conversation, I felt that the chocolate macaron was the perfect “something sweet.”

My tea is served in a lovely pristine white tea cup with a gilded handle.

 

A choice between white and brown sugar cubes to sweeten the tea.

 

I stuffed myself crazy with these amazing homemade scones!

 

Ending on a sweet note with a chocolate macaron...

The hotel staff’s service was attentive without being invasive to personal space and the many conversations that were transpiring all at the same time.  And the best part?  They meant it when they said, “please ask for your favorites to be replenished.”

It came to the point when I would perfectly understand if they would have asked me if I was eating for two.  That, or telling me that they have run out of scones while not attempting to hide the fact that they would serve the same to other customers with the typical human appetite.  Hahaha!

A place to go back to – The Courtyard at The Fullerton Hotel

 

 

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Back. So back.

12 09 2011

Scones (Plain and Cranberry), The Courtyard, The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore

I TRAINED my eyes, with regret, as I watched a huge chunk of tomato from my luscious marinara sauce go overboard from the tines of my dinner fork, and free fall to my brand new pair of Levi’s.

I didn’t care much about the jeans – I got it at half off anyway.  It was the tomato I pined for with much (there’s the R word again) regret.  That was when I knew how much I do love food.

And how much I love writing about it.

So, after a hiatus that took a good couple months, I’m back.  I’m sooo back.

And to all my readers, welcome back to eNTeNG’s MunchTime!  Singapore is the love.

Scones (Raisin and Cranberry), TWG Tea Salon & Boutique on the Bridge, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

 

 

 

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Good eats

26 04 2011

“ONE IS enough.  Two is too much.  Three is a poison that can kill a person.”  That’s one of the rhymes that my mother would tell us whenever we would try to push our luck in getting our ways.

I got reminded of it once more as I recollect my gastronomic adventure in Singapore.  For specific dishes and places, I think I could o.d. before I get satiation.  I could get to “three is a poison…” easy.

Here they are, in no particular order.  (I forgot the details of the hawker center that Partner brought me to, where I had this amazing Fish Head Curry dish!)

CareShop de Café

70 Bendemeer Road, #01-05 Luzerne

Singapore 339940

Tel: +65 6293 9298

www.careshopdecafe.com

Will go back forMushroom Soba with lots of steamed Japanese Rice

Mushroom Soba, CareShop de Café

 

 

Culina Bistro

Blk 8 Dempsey Hill,Dempsey Road#01-13

Singapore 249679

Will go back forDe Cecco Penne Crab Meat (with the penne replaced by angel hair) , and all the complimentary bread rolls I could handle!

De Cecco Capellini Crab Meat, Culina Bistro @ Dempsey Hill

 

Complimentary Bread, Culina Bistro @ Dempsey Hill

 

 

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique on the Bridge

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

B2-89/89A, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972

Tel:  +65 6535 1837

Fax: +65 6221 1837

Will go back for1837 Black Tea (tea number T6033), French Onion Soup, and all the complimentary bread rolls I could handle!

1837 Black Tea (tea number T6033), TWG Tea Salon & Boutique on the Bridge

 

French Onion Soup, TWG Tea Salon & Boutique on the Bridge

 

Complimentary Bread, TWG Tea Salon & Boutique on the Bridge

 

Fou de FaFa

168 Robinson Road

#01-05 Capital Tower

Singapore 068912

Tel: +65 6327 9418

www.foudefafa.com

Will go back forPizza Fou’d Flewed, and that bluish green drink that’s a concoction of pineapple, grapes, and mint

Pizza Fou'd Flewed, Fou de FaFa

 

My fave drink, a concoction of pineapple, grapes, and mint, Fou de FaFa

 

Jumbo Seafood Gallery

20 Upper Circular Road

#B1-44 to 48 The Riverwalk

Tel:  +65 6534 3435

Fax: +65 6536 3836

Will go back forChilli Crab with lots of Deep-Mini Bun, Cold Fresh Barley Juice

Just the apron!, Jumbo Seafood Gallery

 

Wee Nam Kee

275 Thomson Road #01-05

Will go back forHainanese Chicken Rice, Cold Fresh Barley Juice (which they always run out of!)

Hainanese Chicken Roasted and Steamed, Wee Nam Kee

 

Hainanese Chicken Rice, Wee Nam Kee

 

Cold Fresh Barley Juice, Wee Nam Kee

 

Tung Lok Seafood OC

#11-05 Orchard Central

181 Orchard Road

Singapore 238896

Will go back forBraised Shark’s Fin with Fish Maw Soup, Poached Baby Kai Lan served with Chinchalok

Braised Shark’s Fin with Fish Maw Soup, Tung Lok Seafood

 

Poached Baby Kai Lan served with Chinchalok, Tung Lok Seafood

 

Marché at 313@somerset

313@somerset, 313 Orchard Road

Provisional Unit No. #B1-39-45

Singapore 238895

www.marche-restaurants.com

Will go back forMushroom Soup, Calamari, Calamansi Juice with Sour Plum

Mushroom Soup, Marché at 313@somerset

 

Calamari, Marché at 313@somerset

 

Calamansi Sour Plum, Marché at 313@somerset

 

Food Opera at ION Food Hall

Basement 4, ION Orchard

2 Orchard Turn

Singapore 238801

Tel:  +65 6509 9198

Will go back forOyster Omelet (FattyWeng Fried Oysters, #B4-04M), Fishball Mee Kia Noodle Soup (Li Xin Fishball Noodle Soup, #B4-04B)

“FattyWeng Fried Oysters” Oyster Omelet, Food Opera at ION Food Hall

 

"Li Xin" Fishball Mee Kia Noodle Soup, Food Opera at ION Food Hall

 

4 FINGeRS Crispy Chicken at ION Food Hall

Basement 4, ION Orchard

2 Orchard Turn, #B4-06A

Singapore 238801

Tel:  +65 4274779

Will go back forChicken Wings

Crispy Chicken Wings, 4 FINGeRS Crispy Chicken at ION Food Hall

 

Nando’s @ Tanglin Mall

163 Tanglin Road

#01-14/15 Tanglin Mall

Singapore 247933

Tel:  +65 6235 3555

Fax: +65 6235 5581

Will go back forPeri-Peri Chicken, Portugese Rice, Grilled Vegetables

Peri-Peri Chicken, Portugese Rice, and Grilled Vegetables, Nando's @ Tanglin Mall

 

White Dog Café

No.1 HarbourFront Walk

#02-131/132 Vivo City

Singapore 098585

Tel:  +65 6235 3555

Will go back forLobster Pasta

Lobster Pasta, White Dog Café

 

Shimbashi Soba

290 Orchard Road

#B1-41 The Paragon

Singapore 238859

Tel: +65 6735 9882

Will go back forGoma Tare Seiro Sesame Soba

Goma Tare Seiro Sesame Soba, Shimbashi Soba

 

Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts

25 Scotts Road

Singapore 228220

Tel:  +65 6589 7788 / +65 6589 7819

www.royalplaza.com.sg

gourmet@royalplaza.com.sg

Will go back forEVERYTHING in their international buffet

Soon Kueh, Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts

 

Roasted Tomato, Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts

 

Bowl of Noodles, Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts

 

Macarons, Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts

 

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High tea at TWG

14 04 2011

Soup of the Day – French Onion Soup at TWG Tea Salon & Boutique on the Bridge, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

“FRIENDSHIP, HERE there is high tea,”  Friendship told me nonchalantly, almost as unconcerned as her nonchalant glance at the headlines of The Straits Times that I carried with me from my Singapore Airlines flight.

Any comment or reference to food – and the chance to put it in my mouth – doesn’t get lost with me.  So I ended up counting the days until I could sit down for this meal steeped with tradition.  On the seventh day, Friendship brought me to Marina Bay Sands.  Once at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, she brought me to the the TWG Tea Salon & Boutique on the Bridge and declared, “This will be my treat to you.”

In front of the huge Chanel signage, the rooftop of The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

I look back to that conversation and am trying to recall if she said, “Order away (to your heart’s content)!”  Hahaha!

High tea, which refers to the early evening meal, is a tradition alive in Singapore.  Most of the menus I got my hands on carried a section for this special kind of meal.  TWG Tea, per the story printed at the back of their menu, pioneered the concept of Singapore luxury tea and has been celebrating Singapore’s most privileged heritage by offering teas of utmost and unrivalled quality.

TWG Tea Salons have this stylish, classic, wooden tea counter. On display are the house's famous blends and tea accessories.

Apparently, these most precious of elixirs number by the hundreds!  The extensive list presented to me easily had over 300.  I noticed that each tea blend is assigned a serial code – T6xxx.  This brought to mind the historical account that in the year 1834, over 6,000 chests of tea from China, Siam and the Celebes were recorded.

The extensive menu, TWG Tea Salon & Boutique on the Bridge, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

 

Loved these yellow "wax-like" molded plastic charms that hang fromt he cord that holds the menu pages in place.

 

The TWG Tea List menu logo

 

It's a long list of teas!

Being the first-timer that I was, I knew I needed help.  I politely asked our server for a recommendation, which to me appealed more than closing my eyes and pointing blindly on the page.  He proposed the house bestseller – the 1837 Black Tea, tea number T6033.

Our server enthusiastically recommended T6033, the 1837 Black Tea!

 

Fine bone china housed my 1837 Black Tea. The tea pot came clad in a lined all-stainless steel insulation.

 

My first cup of Singapore's venerable TWG Tea Company's 1837 Black Tea.

 

On each dining table was a fine bone china jar of the purest sugar crystals. I just had to put a little of it to every cup!

 

I was just mesmerized by the sight of sugar crystals dissolving into the tea.

For my rather “substantial” meal selection, I asked for the Soup of the Day, which turned out to be French Onion Soup.  Friendship had a hankering for the sweet rather than the savory so she asked for the Chestnut Crêpe.  The menu desription for this option was such a tease, I felt like I wanted to make love to it: “Crêpe filled with candied chestnut and chestnut cream infused with Yunnan FOP black tea and enhanced with a touch of crème fraîche.”

My French Onion Soup

 

Friendship's Chestnut Crêpe

“Infused with Yunnan FOP black tea”.  That’s when it hit me – TWG Tea Salon & Boutique offers a genuinely creative selection of tea-infused cuisine.  I knew the results could only be amazing.  (The only encounter with tea-infused cuisine that I’ve ever recorded was me peppering my huge bowl of mixed balls noodle soup with crushed green tea leaves at the Fook Ming Tong Tea Shop kiosk at the Departure Hall, Passenger Terminal 1 of the Hong Kong International Airport.)

What my French Onion Soup lacked in drama – I missed the croûton and parmesan cheese crust that would cover the top – more than made up for in flavor.  It was earthy, robust, bursting with slow-cooked onion goodness.  I espied flecks of black and dark green on top of the soup, all the way to the saucer.  I’m guessing the soup I had was tea-infused after all!  (The menu doesn’t say if the Soup of the Day has any royal tea treatment.)

But the pièce de résistance of my first high tea was the pot of 1837 Black Tea.  It was fragrant, sweetish, almost laced with the essence of sweet berries and vanilla – no, caramel!  I kept gushing to Friendship just how much I was loving it.  I poured to the last drop – to the point of wanting to ask for the pot to be replenished with hot water.

Friendship, thanks for yet another amazing and unforgettable Singapore experience!

The French Onion Soup was served with this a-ma-zing bun! For some reason, i didn't meet a bread bun or roll in Singapore that I didn't fall in love with. I'm easy that way! Hahaha!

 

The bread came with this stainless steel dish...

 

...that housed yummy yummy Y-U-M-M-Y butter!

 

TWG Salon boasts an elegant place setting using only the finest bone china, starched linen and sterling silver, all monogrammed.

 

TWG fine bone china cup, saucer, and sugar jar.

 

I really love the monogram on all the china and the silverware. And notice the details on the linen too!

 

Fine bone china sugar jar

 

Sugar crystals so pretty I could munch on them all day long!

 

The requisite solo shot!

 

I just had to have my photo taken beside this lighting installation! I wouldn't be surprised if it was Swarovski.

 

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique on the Bridge at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

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