Sunday, 6 September 2015

Ahoy! It's The Landing Point at The Fullerton Bay Hotel

The Landing Point should get "The Most Thoughtless Place" award.
A full metal-body tea pot! 
I scalded myself once and my elder sister scalded herself once, just because we touched it accidentally. Ouch!

Scones were hard and dry.

The three-tier rack was brought to our tiny table.

We were given a two-seater by the floor-to-ceiling glass windows on the left. 
I do believe the ambience could be dramatically improved if we had secured the better seats on the right.

First tier: cucumber sandwich, salmon sandwich, bagel with content that I have forgotten, brie on cracker, smoked salmon quiche

Second tier: canele, chocolate cup cake, chocolate tart, kueh lapis, chocolate eclair, fruit cake, lemon tart, creme brulee

Bottom tier: egg sandwich, (should be) duck confit burger, duck rillete crepe, Boston lobster coronet 

The savouries and sweets are replenishable but how much could we replenish? 

My elder sister was pleased with the afternoon tea. 

She felt that it was 'worth it' at $45++ per person since it was replenishable and the items were okay-tasting.

I thought the food was just average.
Weeks of afternoon tea have rounded my face!
This was our favourite. The amount of lobster was meagre though.
I believe I had at least 6 of it. 
Towards the end of the tea, it got spicier and saltier. 
My sister suspected there was demand for it and the chef prepared it in a hurry.
Other repeats
As we made our way to the exit of the hotel, The Fullerton Bay, we came across this beautiful and relaxed seating area. We enquired and realised that it was Clifford Pier, another afternoon tea place with local items.

The elegant view from the entrance.
Well, when I am in the mood for local afternoon tea then.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

An Ordinary Fare at Rose Veranda

I have heard about Rose Veranda. However, the reviews were usually not fantastic. A close friend had been there two years ago and her review was 'very lousy', so I had never contemplated going there.

However, I had read about good things about Rose Veranda lately so I decided to give it a chance. I booked a table for three on a Saturday for a High Tea Buffet as our brunch.

The seating area

You could request for a window seat but new as I was to Rose Veranda, I ended up with a table just an aisle across the buffet spread.

We were seated and served some juice that we could not identify.

The spread: assortment of sandwiches, fruits and staples
More sandwiches
Puffs and samosas
Breads to go with mushroom soup

What we picked 

Fried rice and dim sum 
The mushroom soup that wasn't fantastic 
We were excited to go to the sweets table 
Our picks: lip chocolate, raisin scone with clotted cream, strawberry shortcake and a pear dessert that I could not recall what it was 
Assortment of cakes 

Heart-shaped macarons 
Raspberry sorbet and mango sorbet 
Nonya kuehs 
Chocolate chocolates
Durian cakes 
Cream puffs with pear desserts 
More chocolates
Like how many bloggers like to describe the teas they have gone to, I would say this is an "unremarkable" tea.

My friend's review is still true. Very lousy. If anybody says this is good, I can only say the person has never been to a decent buffet. It is probably better than the awful, I-swear-I-will-never-go-back-to Sakura buffet.

I will not go back again unless there is a change in the menu. The food was ordinary, the taste mediocre. Edible for sure, but it was at best an ordinary buffet with no surprise.

Price: $48++ per adult; $25++ per child.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

In the Spirit of SG50, I Marched On for My Love (of Food) @ Chihuly Lounge, Ritz Carlton

It was fast approaching the SG50 National Day but my craving for afternoon teas grew stronger.

For the teas that I had been to after my first Chihuly Lounge experience, not one - NOT ONE - could compare with it. I had been reminiscing it for a long time, especially when the more I went for afternoon tea, the worse the food became. So all the more I missed my Chihuly Lounge experience.

Never mind that Chihuly Lounge was charging $10 more for their SG50 High Tea Buffet on a Saturday. I must have it!

What was most lovely was: upon hearing that Baby was six years old (and the Lounge started charging Child's price at six), the waitress immediately consulted the person-in-charge, who casually and politely said,"She (Baby) will be our invited guest. Only the adults will be chargeable (haha ... I know what you are thinking)."

I thought that was the most lovely gesture. You are rewarded for being honest about your child's age.

The complimentary watermelon juice was a pretty and refreshing drink, like the passion fruit drink I was served the first time I visited.

I must admit I was disappointed by the 'spread'.
Loads and loads of desserts but nothing much that I had fancied.
We didn't even try this!

Classy-looking Chocolate Cakes that Baby took just a bite of and cringed,"Too sweet!"

Coffee Toffee?

Others that I can't recall

Cheese Cake


Chocolate Puff

Vanilla Creme Brulee

Plain scones


Baked Tomatoes

Turkish Stuffed Chicken Wings

Prawn balls (??)

What was this, man!

Shredded Duck Confit

Spiced Fishcake

Believe it or not, in my humble opinion, this was the best dish.
Yeah, I can almost hear you ("What?!!").

Cheese with Cracker

Smoked Duck (??)

Smoked Salmon, Rocket, in Charcoal Bread

Wagyu Beef Pastrami, Horse Radish

Grilled Eggplant with Gluten Free Bread

Getting more disheartened with afternoon teas than ever ... but in the spirit of an afternoon tea, I must still hold up the fort with a smiling face. At least the service was attentive and fantastic.

Set in a sunlight-flooded relaxing lounge

The food was hardly impressive, but a cute kid's corner was apt in occupying a kid waiting for her father.