In celebration of Singapore’s recent achievement at this year’s Asian Pastry Cup competition, Mandarin Oriental invited us to experience Speciality Pastry Chef Desmond Lee’s works. Chef Lee was part of the winning team, beating 10 other countries to clinch the coveted Gold Prize.
Before the afternoon tea began, Chef Lee showcased his winning masterpiece-a stunning plated dessert constructed from meringue.
Mandarin Oriental’s afternoon tea menu refreshes on a monthly basis and for the month of June, the focus is on berries. While waiting for the food to be served, we sipped on a complimentary cup of an exclusive blend which was created in partnership with TWG. The green tea blend incorporates Asian flavours, featuring mix of citrusy and spicy notes rendered from lemon peel, ginger and spearmint. In addition to Mandarin Oriental Singapore Tea, the luxury hotel also offers an extensive selection of TWG teas.
It was a hot day and I enthusiastically welcomed the first course, a chilled starter of berry jelly cubes, topped with crème fraiche emulsion.
The second and third courses are undoubtedly a visual treat. Snack on exquisite canapés such as Poached Lobster in Wafer with Cilantro Aiolo, Grilled Squash with Strawberry Ricotta & Balsamic Glaze and Asparagus, Lime & Crab Creme Brulee with Tobiko Pops.
The common afternoon tea classics, such as egg mayo and cucumber finger sandwiches, are so yesterday. At Mandarin Oriental, be dazzled by rolls and open sandwiches of unusual varieties! Hitting the spot is the decadent Duck Rilette & Foie Gras, brightened up with raspberry jam while cured-meat lovers will take comfort in the Prosciutto & Melon with Arugula & Aged Balsamic. The earthy Truffle-scented Egg Mayo & Chives Sandwich as well as Semi-dried Tomato Cream Cheese with Caper Berries were superb too.
We continued the time-honoured ritual of tea with freshly baked Cornish Lamb Puff and Farm Butternut & Cranberry Pie, where flavoursome filling and flaky pastry captivates. Indulge in unique scone creations such as Caramel Maple Walnut and Mixed Berries Rosella, accompanied with raspberry jam and clotted cream.
Finally, the sweets arrived, displayed daintily on a quintessential 3-tired stand. Let your palate be intrigued and delighted by the following artisanal desserts:
Classic Blueberry Souffle Roulade
Lychee Strawberry Lemon Pound Cake
Pistachio Raspberry Macaron
Blackberry Yogurt Mousse
Cherry Confit Mille-Feuille
Summer Pudding Yogurt Chantilly
Every bite was savoured with a wide, silly smile on my face. It wasn’t easy picking a favourite out of these lovely darlings but for me, the Blackberry Yogurt Mousse left the deepest impression. I simply adore its balanced flavours and dreamy, airy texture. Here are more close ups photos of the drool-worthy cakes.
It’s always a pleasure to spend afternoons in Axis Bar & Lounge, where you are always assured of excellent morsels, fine teas, and attentive service. Despite being a regular here, it’s still easy to be impressed by the afternoon tea offerings as the chefs’ inventiveness and attention to detail, are unparallel.
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.
Wishing Chef Lee all the best in the upcoming World Pastry Cup competition, and many thanks to Mandarin Oriental for the splendid afternoon.
Axis Bar and Lounge
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
5 Raffles Avenue
Marina Square S039797
Tel: 6885 3500