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The Courtyard, Fullerton Hotel

Go!

Having tried the Landing Point at Fullerton Bay Hotel, I really wanted to try the other high teas at the rest of the Fullertons to see how different or similar they were. Finally got down to trying The Courtyard at Fullerton Hotel.

Your senses are immediately heightened by the sight of a sun warmed high ceiling plus live harp performance. Immediately you feel like you’ve entered the high society life, and you’re happy about it even if it’s just for that two hours.

You get a three tier set, two tea or coffee flavours, and of course warm and fluffy scones. 

Food wise, it’s largely similar to the Landing Point, so I wasn’t particularly wowed when the tiers were served. My favourite was the creme brulee. The caramelised sugar layer on top was super sinful (read: thick layer) which balanced really well with the custard. 

My next favourite was the cheese on a biscuit (second tier, left hand corner). I’m not a fan of cheeses, but this one had a sweet layer of jelly (not sure what’s that) which was just so yummy! 

My third yummy was the otah with bread topped with quail egg. You know how otahs at such posh places usually taste weird because they have to cater to non chilli eating guests? The otah here at The Courtyard was excellent! Right amount of spice shiokness.

The staff would walk around 30 minutes into the meal to top up your favourites. I had six of the cheese biscuit thing haha. 

Tip #1: Come early. Although they only start dishing out the tiers at 3pm, I think they try to do it in order of guest arrival. One family next to my table had to wait pretty long till they got impatient. 

Tip #2: Ask for the macaroons. They don’t volunteer the sweet treats as much as they volunteer the bread items. I presume it’s because the sweet treats are more expensive. When they do walk around with the tray of sweets, the macaroons are conspicuously absent. 

Tip #3: Try to take the public transport, or do your homework and find out the parking rates of nearby places beforehand. Parking charges at the Fullerton is crazy. $1.07 per 10 minutes, which means $6.42 for an hour. Staying for a leisure two hour high tea will set you back by about $13 bucks. 

1 Fullerton Square, S(049178)

Afternoon Tea at $43++

Monday to Friday: 3pm to 6pm

Weekends: 2pm to 4pm (1st seating)

430pm to 6pm (2nd seating)

Website here

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Anti:Dote, Fairmont Hotel

Hmm, maybe if you have extra space and time.

Location

Located at Fairmont Hotel within Raffles City, getting there was a breeze. Be careful not to walk into Swissotel The Stamford instead of Fairmont. Parking rates are exorbitant at this area so stick to the good ol’ trusted public transport.

Interior

This place is very short on real estate. Each table is situated so close to each other that I couldn’t help but look at the little pot of flowers the husband at the next table gave his wife and easily identified that it was bought from the supermarket at Raffles City.

Food


Maybe I was overhyped by other food blogs stating how awesome this high tea set was, but for the price I paid, I sincerely expected better. Firstly, I was the first to reach at 230pm and  albeit early, they were kind enough to show me my seat and explain what each high tea set comprised. I thought I would be eagerly exploring my tea set at 3pm but it wasn’t until 330pm before I got my food. They had served 3 other guests who all came after 3pm. I have no idea how they decided on the sequence since we all ordered the same sets.

Secondly, you can only choose one tea or coffee flavour, and have your pot topped up only once. Can you imagine how desperately I tried to ration my intake? I can understand if it’s to prevent unnecessary wastage in the rare event a customer requests to change her tea flavour after a sip but allowing only one top up for the entire 2 hours is just unreasonable. My tea was cold way before I finished even half my set.


Now onto the food. The appetiser was a disappointment. I had the scrambled eggs with sea urchin, ikura and caviar. These three delicacies combined makes for an interesting taste in your mouth, but it was not enough for the entire scrambled egg. By the time I was finishing, I couldn’t tell what I was eating. The egg tasted bland. Was it even scrambled eggs to begin?


My partner had the dim sum appetiser because he doesn’t take the three delicacies. I can’t remember much about the taste. It was unmemorable.

Fortunately, the rest of the pastries, savouries and scones were pretty good. I liked their scones! The macarons were pretty unique as well — black sesame executed in style. The cute strawberry cake was, well, cute. Gimmicky? Maybe, but the overall the presentation makes for a great conversation starter since it doesn’t come in your usual three tier circle display.

For a hefty price tag of $48++ per pax, I must say that I really had better, more pleasant high tea experiences elsewhere for the same price.

Address: 80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189560

Hours

Monday to Thursday 3pm – 5pm

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, PH and eve of PH

12pm – 2pm

3pm – 5pm

Phone: 6431 5315

Website: http://www.fairmont.com/singapore

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