2 years ago, I was certainly not impressed with Rose Veranda’s afternoon tea offerings-only some items in the buffet line was worth a praise, while everything else was in a lackluster state of mediocrity. This time, my experience was a pleasant surprise that totally changed my opinion of Rose Veranda; there was a marked improvement not only in the variety, flavor and quality of the nosh, but also the service.
Upon seated, we were served a refreshing glass Rose Iced Tea and creamy Pumpkin Puff Soup, which is included in the buffet.
We then proceeded to browse the extensive TWG tea menu, organised into herbal, pu’erh, blue, white, green and black tea categories. After much deliberation, we finally settled for Sakura! Sakura! Tea (cherry blossoms and green tea), Imperial Rose (white tea handcrafted into bouquet of roses), and Eau Noire Tea (black tea with lavender and fragrant flowers).
As there were so many dishes and desserts to try, I was selective with my choices so as to not burst the tummy. Yes, you’ll be spoilt for choice and i doubt you’ll be able to try everything. After the Sushi Bar, the savoury buffet line began with Gluten-free Butter Garlic Rice, Har Kaw, Chicken Siew Mai, Crystal Vegetable Dumpling, Vegetable Spring Roll and Baked Vegetable Curry Puff.
My first plate consisting of:
-Fork tender Parchment baked Garoupa with dill and citrus butter
–Braised Duck with Plum and Peanut sauce, which was too tough.
–Spinach and Ricotta ravioli
–Herb Cream Cheese Sandwich with chopped pecan nut
–Sliced Cucumber Sandwich with rocket, cream cheese and dill
-Turkey Ham, Cheese and Tomato Sandwich; a classic combination that can’t go wrong
The second plate comprises of:
–Chilled Ratatouille Salad
-Unique Curried Apple and Arugula Sandwich
-Comforting Egg Mayo, Cucumber and Watercress Sandwich
–Mortadella and Waldorf Salad Tortilla Wrap
–Herb crushed potato
-succulent and flavoursome Garlic Butter Prawns with fresh herbs
The Roasted Lamb was outstanding; juicy and tender, it was bliss with every mouthful. It was so fantastic, I had 4 servings.
The sweet section itself is a sight to behold. Apart from the eye-catching chocolate fondue centerpiece, the the counter was also filled with exquisite treats. Both shelves at each side are packed with appealing cakes.
English Fruit Cake
Earl Grey Roulade
Salted Toffee Cup Cake
Cherry Cheese Cake
Chocolate Fondant with marshmallows and fruit skewers
Melon Jelly, Blueberry Tiramisu, Bread and Pudding, Vanilla Ice Cream, Strawberry Ice Cream, Assorted Nonya Kueh, Scones and Macarons are also available.
My top picks are the Raspberry Shortcake, Oreo Choux, Salted Toffee Cup Cake and Cherry Cheesecake.
For a splendid afternoon tea in a timeless setting, Shangri-La’s Rose Veranda is a good choice. Afternoon Tea buffet is priced at $48++ per adult and $25++ per child (6-11 years old). It’s served daily from 11.30am-6pm from Monday to Thursday, with 2 seatings from Friday to Sunday and Public Holidays from 11am-2pm and 3pm-6pm.
The Rose Veranda
Mezzaine Level, Tower Wing
22 Orange Grove Road
Tel: 6213 4486