Have you ever had one of those days where you and your friends are suddenly free on a weekday and wondering where to meet up? Days like these are super precious, so where do you go to make the best out of it? The
tai tai stay-home mum knows just the place!
I had one of those days recently when my girlfriends were all not working for various reasons: maternity leave, not on shift etc. This was the second time we visited The Rose Veranda. We love to have high tea here on our rare weekday gatherings because it allowed us to sit there for more than 6 HOURS STRAIGHT.
You heard me right! While most high teas happen at hours like 3 to 6pm, High tea at The Rose Veranda from Mondays to Thursdays is from 11.30am to 6pm. This makes it the only meal you need to have for the day!
We arrived at 11.30am and were shown to the same table at the corner we were at the last time we were here. We suspected they had a policy to hide the children in a corner so that they didn’t disturb the rest of the patrons.. Lol!
We were served a welcome drink while we settled ourselves down, before they bombarded us with their tea menu with 164 types of tea from TWG.
The variety of tea they had was mind-boggling. Each of us could choose 2 drinks (refillable). After flipping through the extensive menu to and fro a few times, I gave up and just went with the ‘Shangri-La Tea’. I know, so cliche. But I mean, if I were lazy to think, might as well go with something that I can’t find at other places right??
The teapot reminded me of Beauty and the Beast. But that’s besides the point. There were both savoury food and desserts for the high tea. We started with the cold appetizers.
I super love parma ham and melon! But that was not part of the selection, so I just took some parma ham from the salad and some melons from the fruit section and made my own parma ham and melon. Oh, how I love self-service buffets.
Next, I went on to the sushi and sashimi. The salmon sashimi was very fresh! And the sushi selection reminded me of the canapes we had during our recent staycation.
Speaking of that, the sandwiches at The Rose Veranda all looked vaguely familiar. I skipped all of them since I just had them for two days in a row at the Horizon Club Lounge. Haha…
Instead I went to cook myself a bowl of laksa. I love to to cook my own noodles at buffets because I can choose the ingredients I want. Like throwing in more prawns and putting less noodles.
There were also some Hong Kong dim sum but I was not a fan of them. I expected the Hong Kong dim sum to be better because… Shangri-La group is based in Hong Kong right? The dim sum here was somewhat disappointing.
But I overcame my disappointment over the dim sum the moment we reached the dessert section!
Like O-M-G. The desserts don’t just look pretty. They were really delicious!!
You see those mahjong tiles? Those are pineapple tarts okay? Bite-sized pineapple tarts! I felt like Chinese New Year was here all over again!
Okay, maybe I should have gotten a friend to lift off those covers before I took a photo because now I can’t remember what was under them. I remembered there were scones. And Haagen Dazs (I think?) ice-cream. And the kids went crazy over the colourful gummies.
Itadakimasu! Forget the savoury food! Desserts is all I need for high tea! But wait… This was my breakfast, lunch and dinner. So having the savoury food earlier helped. Anyway, I thought cakes would go better with coffee, so I decided to get a latte for my second drink.
We hung out from 11.30am to 5+pm, enjoying the gorgeous spread of food at an unhurried pace. This must be the most relaxing buffet around and just thinking back about it makes me happy! You can be sure I would be back again for a third time.
High Tea Price
So how much did our very extravagant high-tea cost? The high-tea pricing was:
They only allocate a limited number of tables for online reservations. By the time we decided we wanted to go, online reservations were full. But that’s okay. My friend used her Standard Chartered card which gave us 10% discount. So in total, after taxes and credit card discount, we paid $55 per pax.
If you are looking for a quick high tea, check out their Afternoon Savings at Rose Veranda. From 1 – 31 March 2016, receive an exclusive 25% savings on High Tea at Rose Veranda when dining between 4:00pm and 6:00pm, on Tuesdays to Thursdays. Limited seats are available per day.
I thought the $55 we paid was very reasonable, considering we were there for 6 hours from lunch till dinner! Sort of. And the quality of the dessert was superb. Good desserts generally do not come cheap, especially in Singapore.
The cooked food was so-so. But I am a sweets person and care more about the dessert than the cooked food. Afterall, it was meant to be a high tea. Just give me some good scones, cakes and tea and I’m a happy girl. Fresh sashimi, parma ham with melon and laksa was bonuses! Oh, I almost forgot! They had a highly-neglected carving section in a quiet corner where the roast beef was pretty good. Don’t forget to look out for it when you’re there.
Another thing I like was that children below 6 years old could dine for free. Awesome.
Note that high tea timing from 11.30am to 6pm is only for Mondays to Thursdays. On Friday, the timing is split into two seatings: 11.30am to 2pm and 3 to 6pm.
Hence, if you are looking for a place where you can hang out all day (for Mon to Thur) with your friends while being fed continuously with yummy food, check out The Rose Veranda at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore. Now you know where to go on your next day off. 😉
Information on The Rose Veranda:
Address: Mezzanine Level, Tower Wing of Shangri-La Hotel Singapore,
22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350
Getting There: The hotel is a 15 min walk (1.2 km) from Orchard MRT.
Tel: (65) 6213 4486 / 4398
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