Tired of the city buzz? Skip over to Mandarin Oriental and recharge over a relaxing spa-inspired, 5- course afternoon tea, specially created for the luxury hotel’s collaboration with Aromatherapy Associates. The chefs brilliantly incorporated Lavender, Wild Chamomile and Coconut, key ingredients in the De-Stress Range, into irresistible petite treats.
As the pianist sets the mood, calm your senses with a light and refreshing Chamomile & Citrus Foam
The second course, a canapés platter, comprises of succulent Snow Crab with Coconut & Melon, Duck Rillette elevated with Orange & Ginger and crunchy Poached Shrimp fragranced with Lavender Vinaigrette.
Next, nibble on Salted Salmon & Peppercorn Brioche, Free-range Ginger Chicken Tortilla enhanced with lemongrass, tender Braised Mini Beef Short Rib with Truffle Mash and a drizzle of Rosemary Oil, and Cucumber Sandwich with Goat Cheese & Chamomile.
Tuck into buttery Pacific Bluefin Tuna Puff before moving onto comforting Pumpkin & Candied Ginger Pie. What’s afternoon tea without scones? Delight the palate with fragrant Madagascar Vanilla Scones and Cranberry Scones, accompanied with clotted cream, berry compote and marmalade.
End off on a sweet note with elegant desserts, presented on a quintessential 3-tiered stand:
Blackberry & Lavender Tart
Cherry Sable Breton
Yaki Imo Cake
Black Lemon Pepper Ganache
Petite Ginger Pear Slice
Coconut, Kaffir Lime & Banana Coulis
My top picks are the tangy Blackberry tart infused with a lingering trail of lavender and the intriguing Black Lemon Pepper Ganache.
Mandarin Oriental’s spa-inspired afternoon tea is priced at $42++ per person or $80++ for 2 diners. It‘s available daily from 3pm-5pm, with an additional seating on weekends and public holidays from 12.30pm-2.30pm. Alternatively, enjoy a complimentary set of afternoon tea when you book the De-Stress Treatment ($380) at The Spa. This 2-hour treatment begins with a welcome foot ritual using Aromatherapy Associates exfoliating grains and an aromatic Rosemary body wash, full body aromatherapy massage and facial massage with essential oils.
Many thanks to Mandarin Oriental for the invite