In celebration of the nation’s golden jubilee, Mandarin Oriental’s Axis Bar and Lounge unveils 12 exclusively locally-themed afternoon tea menus each month, inspired by Singapore’s rich history of culinary flavours. Think Cantonese Salted Egg Crab in Mini Pita Pockets, Durian French Toast and Teh Tarik Crème Brulee!
As the pianist sets the mood, we picked our drinks from the extensive TWG Tea menu. For something light, I recommend White Silk, a blend of blue, green tea and finest silver tips of Yin Zhen. If you like bold teas, go for the Earl Grey Chocolate!
Injected with Hakka influence, February offerings intrigue and exude a sense of reminiscence. We started the 5-course afternoon tea with Cheng Teng Jelly, with Pang Da Hai which is great for soothing the throat. Barley, Long An Fruits and Gingko Nuts added texture to the delicate jelly.
The first wave of savouries arrived…
The Canapés selection featured Poached Lobster Tart, chewy Hakka Mochi and Hakka Gyoza with warm ginger soya. My personal favourite was the buttery, melt-in-the-mouth lobster tart; the crustacean’s succulent flesh was further accentuated with sesame, mango and chilli. The gyoza deserves a mention too- I enjoyed its crispy exterior and juicy filling.
We unanimously agreed that Roasted Duck Wrap with lettuce and hoi sin mayo was the star of this platter. Other appetizing morsels include Mini Sub with Asian Slaw & Pepper Tuna, Marinated Cucumber Sandwich with mint spread & crème fresh and Mini Pita Pocket with Smoked Chicken & Cheddar.
Charmingly different, the Black Sesame and Bak Kwa Scones were fluffy and scrumptious. They were accompanied with Pineapple compote, Nutella and Clotted Cream. The Hakka Braised Pork Belly Pie with preserved green mustard and Pickled Lettuce & Shiitake Puff were irresistibly tasty and flaky.
Served on a quintessential 3-tier stand, the handcrafted treats were so pretty I can’t help snapping away!
Elegant and creamy, the Bandung Choux pastry should not be missed. Another highlight was the moist and delectable Golden Orange Cheese Bar. I also loved the indulgent Peanut Banana Cake, which had a balanced combination of chocolate, peanut and banana. Other enticing sweets include Kueh Bangkit Flower Cookies, Pineapple Creamier Coconut Sable and Petit Passion Raspberry Chocolate Heart.
The Hakka inspired afternoon tea will be available until 28th February 2015. Diners can look forward a refreshed menu with inventive creations every month (see here for more details).
Afternoon tea is priced at $42++ per person or $80++ for 2 guests. It’s served daily from 3pm to 5pm from Monday to Friday, with an additional seating from 12.30pm to 2.30pm on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays.
Much love to Vernia and Mandarin Oriental for the invite.
Axis Bar and Lounge
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
5 Raffles Avenue
Marina Square S039797
Tel: 6885 3500