Thursday, April 10, 2014

High Tea at Lobby Lounge, Shangri-La

The Lobby Lounge is located right by the entrance in the lobby (hence the name, probably) of the Shangri-La Hotel. As soon as you enter, you can hear the elegant sounds of live piano and feel the warm and tranquil vibe. The area is very spacious with many large comfortable couches holding many cushions and pillows. 

The $40 per person (before taxes and gratuity) high tea menu is predetermined and includes a selection of desserts, sandwiches and scones, with your own choice of teas from an extensive tea list. 

Selected Tea Cakes
Layers of chocolate ganache, raspberry compote, chocolate sponge and soft chocolate crémeux
Tropical Bombe
Passion fruit bavarois, calamansi gelée and coconut crunch
Pineapple Verrine
Caramelized pineapple. ginger cream and génoise cake
Citrus & Berries
Vanilla sponge, citrus curd, raspberry and pink pepper meringue

The rich and chocolatey Temptation was the only cake that I went back for second and third bites, but the other desserts were fairly good too. I definitely appreciated that the sweets were all very delicately made and unique.

Selected Scones
Warm chamomile and traditional plain scones
House made berry preserve and English clotted cream

The scones were my absolute favourite and were definitely the highlight of my afternoon. The fluffiness of the warm scone paired with the rich cream and tart berry jam was to die for - calling it heavenly to me would be an understatement. 

Selection of Finger Sandwiches
Roasted chicken and grain mustard mayonnaise on mixed seed bread
Egg and watercress with crispy Serrano ham on whole wheat
Cucumber apple and cream cheese on country white
Lobster and chive with curried mayonnaise  on brioche roll 

The sandwiches were also very delicately made but tasted more standard to me.

My tea was called Blue Moon and the tea library described it as a "blend of black tea, flowers, berries, and berry essence. Rare and unique experience with rich and beautiful aroma carried by an intense and invigorating earthiness".

I did notice that the teas were mainly from countries such as India, Japan and China. The teapot and teacups also had oriental designs.

Overall I had a wonderful time at Lobby Lounge and am already planning my next visit! I do want to remind you that their schedule does pack up very quick. If you want to come here on the weekend, it is definitely a good idea to call ahead a week in advance. They ask for your credit card for a deposit in case you do not show up.

Service: ★★★★★
Price: $$

Lobby Lounge
Shangri-La Hotel

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