Instead of shutting the kitchen for the afternoon, many restaurants these days choose to offer an “Afternoon tea” service to entice guests with fancy pastries of various shapes and sizes. After all, our national pastime is eating. Joining the rat race of afternoon tea is Halia @ Raffles Hotel with its decadent assortment of small bites served on a 2-tiered tray.
When it comes to Halia’s afternoon tea, decadence is a close synonym. If you’re a fan of diary products, you will love the fact that the chef is ever so generous with his portions of cream. One of the main highlights was the Foie gras mousse, rosemary, red onion jam and flaky puff pastry. While I personally found the foie gras mousse bordering on heaviness, it was nevertheless as rich as it was appetizing.
The savory mini muffin was made with tomatoes and fresh herbs, deviating from the conventional sweetness and offering a bolder flavor to complement the Afternoon tea platter. Cheese bites were also quite memorable – Blue cheese, apricot chutney, pickled celery and honey walnut, and the Grilled halloumi, smoked avocado and cherry tomato.
With all that heavy cream going around, Halia’s selection of desserts is a surefire way of lightening up the palate. These petit servings of joys ended the afternoon tea on a sugar-high note, with a few notable favourites such as the New opera, Chocolate royale, and the various Macaroons selection (although unfortunately, you will only get 2 of its 4 available flavours).
If you’re in the city, and are looking for some colonial charm to tide through the afternoon sun, do make your way to Halia for its Afternoon Tea selection. Affordably priced at $35++ per person, the afternoon tea impresses with its offerings and competitive price.
NB: This was an invited tasting.
The Halia @ Raffles Hotel #01-22/23, Raffles Hotel 1 Beach Road, Singapore 18967
Tel: 96391148 | email@example.com
Afternoon Tea Hours: Daily: 3pm – 5pm