I would love to have more afternoons that I can while away having tea in posh hotel lobbies and watch the world go by. Alas, I am gainfully employed (read: a worker bee) and have few days off. Weekend high tea sessions are hard to come by in Singapore, and one of them is the Afternoon Tea at Anti:dote (Antidote) lounge at the Fairmont.
I picked this location for a celebratory high tea for a close friend’s birthday as we are both worker bees with a penchant for the life of leisure and luxury. That said, nothing screams luxurious like having sweets and finger sandwiches for tea served in a chest of drawers lined in faux leather with a gilded mirror. At $48++ per diner, the set comes with a pot of tea each and one of each item on the menu. You may also choose between two starters; truffled eggs or dimsum. We chose the truffled eggs as it sounded luxurious but sad, it failed in execution as the eggs were cold.
In each tier you find different food, the base drawer contains the cream and jam for your scones that are housed one tier above. Two types of scones were served, the traditional and a multigrain scone. The lemon curd served was exceptional, and I was pleasantly delighted that it is repeated in one of the dessert. The scones weren’t as warm as I would have liked them.
In the first drawer you find the savoury sandwiches and quiches. From left to right: Fresh Boston Maine lobster with cucumber and homemade brioche; Classic ham and apple vol au vent; pickled beetroot cream with cold smoked salmon and ikura; truffle parmesan soft-baked tart; and lemon cucumber duck foie gras rye sandwich.
My honest review? I do not recommend this place, unless you’re seeking to impress a date. If you care about tasty food above atmosphere and aesthetics, you would be disappointed. I found most of the desserts too sweet, apart from the lemon curd. The savouries, at the risk of sounding spoilt, are perfunctory at best. The brioche for the lobster roll was lacklustre and had a chewy crust, the parmesan tart only appealing on paper. I have had much better high tea around this price and range, and some even at a lower price. I would suggest you get a seat at 10 Scotts instead.