It’s the Summer with desserts inspired by the Mediterranean. The Summer treats ends on 1 September, so you got 1 month worth of weekends to try it out.
The Afternoon Tea buffet here serves tempting Sandwiches, Canapes, Savories, Live Station desserts and to me, the star of it all, the Desserts that brings out the exotic sandy beaches. The Executive Pastry Chef, Chef Terence Pang and his team has created 10 I would call, ‘too beautiful and cute to eat’ desserts to first feast your eyes and then to whet your appetite.
The “Dessert Table”.
For the sweet tooth, this is the table you would need, a few pieces would hit your daily calorie limit. If you believe in a ‘cheat’ day, indulge in a few pieces more.
Where do you usually start your buffet? Sweet or Savoury?
For most people they prefer to start with the savoury and end on a sweet note.
Beautiful smoked salmon and egg sandwiches between olive focaccia.
A nice combination of salmon with the olive focaccia.
Something really simple and yet tasty. If you are one who can imagine taste, you know that they have combined two ingredients, tomato and cheese that has rich natural umami compoments into this sandwich. Of course your tongue will transmit to your brain it’s nice.
For those who loves Iberico and Pickled Gherkin, the stuff the ingredients in a mini croissant. Probably the one with the most calories of it all.
Here’s 3 out of the 4 or 5 sandwiches that they prepare.
It’s so pretty isn’t it? I always think the pastry team here is one of the most creative ones in Singapore. My wife loves oysters and can eat many at ago, I usually take 1 or 2. When I see this, I can take a few, but she will at most take 1.
Shh.. I did not start with the Savouries, but with the Sweets!
This was what I had on my plate!
It’s tempting too isn’t it? What’s with stars that captivates us?
Probably because when we were young, we were brought up with “Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars” nursery rhyme. We were rewarded with Stars when we could spell as kids. Or Star stickers our piano teacher pasted on our books.
Now reward yourself with a Starfish.
So eye catching as well. I don’t need to describe how they taste right?
These desserts are just so beautiful.
I was quite tempted by this and I knew I just had to try this!
They used a combination of different sugars to create the sand on the beach that the balls were resting on.
The folks that I was having the afternoon tea laughed when they saw me bringing this back with the ‘sand’ as well. Of course you need some sand, or the beach ball won’t look correct. Also the sand prevents the beach ball from rolling to the floor when I hold it on my plate right?
The reward you get when you crack open the beach ball. A very delightful pistachio creme with griottine as well. *hic*
They come all in size 4 only. Your feet will automatically shrink as you put it on your plate. It’s one size fits all. So cute right?
Harmless looking but the bottom is heavy stuff. Lemon Vodka Jelly below the innocent looking fruits!
What a beautiful sun hat. I don’t know why, but I was very tempted to try this.
I knew something was special but not sure what it was when I took it.
Surprisingly, it’s not overly sweet. After cutting it, it was aha!
Look at the layers in the pasty below!
Look at the layers. I assume it’s hand made themselves and that must have taken lots of rolling and folding!
I have only shown you a few and there are more! Go see and taste it in person.
There are also different kinds of Canapes to try. Here’s two of the savory items I really liked.
Who can resist King Prawns?
(Now I know what I can do with the Chorizos I brought back from my recent holidays, make a nice butter sauce and drizzles it over prawns!)
Call me lazy, but the stuffed chicken wing’s really tasty and oh yes, so easy to eat!
I should have taken photo from another direction to show you how beautiful it looked.
Something captivating in live stations. Someone preparing food right in front of you just as you order it. Especially when it’s crepes, the appeal is even stronger.
The chef preparing a crepe. Do you like crepes?
I know it’s suppose to go with candied fruit, but I opted for fresh fruits.
If you are a cheese person, try the ricotta cheese filling inside!
It’s called Afternoon Tea, but you can have Coffee. I know so many of you are addicted to coffee like my wife. There’s decaffeinated coffee too for those who need the kick of coffee but not the caffeine in the afternoon.
There’s quite a nice selection of teas. A great range from Ronnefeldt Teas. They have over thirty blends of loose leaf teas here. I had an ice version of one of the teas. I believe I order the Rooibos Lemon.
I should talk about the tea pots and other porcelain used here. I realised I don’t have a nice photo of the tea pot. The squarish plates that you see I had my food on, they are the elegant chic ‘Feuille d’or’ line of Bernardaud Porcelain imported from France.
If you are there at the lounge at any time, you would see that their tea is called “Bernardaud Afternoon Tea” named after Bernardaud of Limoges, France. That’s for some of us who love to know such details.
I love the ‘vastness’ of this lounge. A nice place to meet up or a date with your love ones.
A nice selection of savouries that you can try and even if you are not a sweet tooth person, admire the sweet dessert creation by the chefs. So pretty. Yup, whenever you are there, I always see Japanese tourist. They can’t be wrong when it comes to cute stuff!
S$52.00++ per adult (inclusive of freshly brewed and decaffeinated coffee and a selection of teas)
S$26.00++ per child (six to twelve years of age)
All prices are subject to a 10% Service Charge and Prevailing Government Taxes
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
7 Raffles Avenue
Tel: +65 6434 5288
A note of thanks to The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore marketing folks for the invite to this tea and answering all the questions we had.