Antoinette has been around for quite some time, tantalizing diners’ taste buds with their extensive menu. In December 2011, Antoinette finally launched an afternoon tea set menu, served only at Penhas and Palais branches from 2-5pm on weekdays.
As with the all the other branches, Antoinette Palais décor encompasses strong Parisian influences, and is sophisticated and elegant.
High Tea Set Menu is priced at $60++ for 2 persons, which includes a sumptuous variety of savories and sweets, along with 2 servings of coffee, tea (refillable), hot chocolate or juices. This works out to about $35/pax after GST and service charge, which I felt was a tad pricy for the slightly above average quality of the food, and inattentive service.
Osmanthus tea: A beautifully crafted sencha that has enchanting scent of summer-fresh flowers and the taste of ripe nectarines. Maofeng green tea is used as a base for this osmanthus flower blend. The tea had a light a delicate aroma.
W had an iced chocolate which I described in this post.
I can’t get enough of pretty 3-tier stands.
The bottom tier comprises of sweet pastries and delectable savories:
-Petit finger sandwich of yuzu crab mimosa
-Foie gras terrine on toasted brioche with peach chutney
-Petit seafood bouchees
-Petit Pain au chocolate
More delightful savories on the middle tier:
– Croissant filled with Serrano ham and Swiss Gruyere cheese
– Petit pain au lait with pink shrimp cocktail
-Smoke salmon profiterole with dill Chantilly
-Pita Pockets filled with smoke duck breast with pommery mustard
The stars of the savories…
Dainty cakes and pastries on the top tier:
-Assorted petit macaron
-Petit Versailles (flourless chocolate sponge with 55% dark chocolate)
-Pear tart amandine
The savories fared much better than the sweets, which came as a surprised to me as Antoinette bakes superb cakes. Overall the food was decent, but it certainly didn’t wow. On a positive note, the set was filling and everything came in pairs (some places only have 1 serving of a certain items), so there was no need to trouble ourselves to cut anything into half.
M wasn’t too hungry so she had a Nougatine Sundae($9): Praline ice cream with hazelnut nougatine, salty caramel and caramelized filo pastry. I nipped a little from her and it sent me straight to heaven. I will definitely visit Antoinette again just to have one whole cup to myself!