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Buffet high tea with W at the Rose Veranda, Shangri-la Hotel. Service was polite, but very inattentive. We had to wave several times for staff to clear our plates and refill the tea. I would prefer to have my afternoon tea at Chihuly Lounge (read about it here and here), TWG or Tea Lounge (click here and here). You feel like royalty dining in those establishments!
There was a wide variety of food, but they lack soul, very mass-produced. No wow factor compared to Ritz Carlton’s Chihuly Longue or The Regent’s Tea Lounge.
Some of the dishes had missing labels (slipshod work!); I had to figure out what I was putting into my mouth.
I didn’t have high expectations of the Rose Veranda as I have read several negative reviews. But I love afternoon tea so I just took the opportunity to try since there was a 1 for 1 offer.
Please pardon the picture quality, I was using a lousy camera.
At the main Lobby Dress from Martina Pink
After being lost for 10 mins, we finally arrived!
Rose Veranda serves a HUGE range of TWG teas, it was quite daunting to go through the menu. Thankfully the waitress showed me a list of the 10 most popular teas. Made my life so much easier!
Imperial rose tea(white tea crafted into the bouquet of roses)/ Celebration tea(white tea with orange lily and osmanthus)/ Sushi Trolley
The hot food section/Shumai and Hargao/ Steamed BBQ pork bun/ Pan seared chicken breast with olives and cherry tomatoes
Braised bamboo shoots with fresh mixed mushrooms (Good!)/ Grouper fish fillet with cream sauce
Salad section/ Gado Gado/ Assorted mini salad bowls
Pasta Salad/ Prawn Salad(Good!)/ Duck breast with apple and celery salad(Good!)/Assorted sandwiches
Egg Mayo with caviar bun (Good!)
Quail egg and potato salad/ Smoked Salmon/ Prawns with tamarind sauce/Roasted Root Vegetables
DIY Mee Siam Station
Roast Beef Station/Rosemary potatoes
Chocolate cremeux(Good!)/ Lemongrass and jivara shooter(Weird tasting!)/Assorted Nonya kueh/ Scones(average only)
Assorted fruits/ opps, I forgot >_</ Mango Ice cream/ Yam Ice cream
Bread and butter pudding with vanilla sauce and a chocolate center/ assorted cakesBerry Tart/Chocolate cake crunchy nut base(good!)/ Tiramisu/ Crème Brulee
Some sour jelly/ red bean pancake
I like the pretty plates!
Cute visitors at the window.In conclusion, I would only dine here is there is a 1-1 promotion as its not worth paying full price; I rather spend my money at elsewhere.
Update: March 2015-Check out the improved Afternoon Tea offerings here: http://madamechewy.com/2015/03/22/afternoon-tea-buffet-the-rose-veranda/
The Rose Veranda
22 Orange Grove Road