Forget historic colonial houses and the metric system. Perhaps one of the best things that the British left us with is the practice of having afternoon tea.
The concept is simple but absolutely genius. A light snack consumed between lunch and dinner — any time between 3pm to 5pm customarily. It’s meant to tide over one’s hunger pangs and provide a short respite in the midst of a busy day.
Many hotels and restaurants offer afternoon tea sets in the spirit of tapping into the customer’s tai-tai fantasy. But there is none like the one St. Regis is offering at The Drawing Room in collaboration with Dior Parfums and Ruinart.
Marketed as ‘An Afternoon Tea for the Senses’, it focuses on engaging the five senses to tell a story. It starts with a welcome glass of Ruinart Rosé champagne, the “cuvée gourmand” of the oldest Champagne House. The wine is well-balanced, fruity and pleasantly smooth and refreshing in the mouth. Catch whiffs of cherry and freshly picked red berries from the delightful liquid rose gold drink.
Like a match made in heaven, Dior’s Parfums’ JOY by Dior is the perfect accompaniment to this exquisite drink. A gorgeous rose pink hued perfume, it’s punctuated by the gentle scent of Rose and Jasmine, complemented with zested Bergamot and Mandarin that elicits the warmth of unadulterated joy.
To kickstart the afternoon, St Regis’ afternoon tea custom of Champagne Sabrage is performed. The scent of JOY by Dior lingers in the air as the rose pink menus are spritzed with the refreshing scent.
Chef Thibault, newly-appointed Executive Chef of St. Regis worked for months with his culinary team to conceptualise a menu consisting of a delightful array of sweet and savoury treats to complement the Champagne and perfume.
Warm and fluffy amuse-bouche of Warm Cheese Gougères kickstart your palate, a wonderful introduction to just how well Ruinart Rosé partners with savouries.
Before diving in to the indulgent creations, guests will be visited by a St. Regis blendmaster showcasing a range of curated tea blends, prepared tableside. The St. Regis Singapore Tea Blend is made of a blend of green and black tea, resulting in a floral, vanilla-scented concoction.
Guests are then served with a classic two-tier stand of sweet and savoury foods. The chef recommends to start at the bottom tier with the savouries which include a decadent Lobster Mayonnaise Soft Bun Sandwich with Herring Caviar, a classic Salmon and Cucumber Cream Cheese Sandwich, Foie Gras Mousse Tartlet with Fig Compote and Fresh Mango (a beautiful pairing with the rosé) and a refreshing Beetroot Sandwich topped with radish.
The top tier gets a spritz of Orange Blossom water to bring out the flavours of the berry-themed desserts. Sweets such as the tangy Raspberry Tartlet with Rose Bavarois and Gula Melaka Cream, Strawberry Éclair and a creamy Pistachio and Sakura Mousse with Confit Kumquat pair harmoniously with your classic tea.
But that’s not the end. As you sink in comfortably into the plush couch, Assorted Scones with Clotted Cream and Strawberry and Rose Petal Jam as well as Ruby Chocolate Coated Madeleines that fit right in with the rose-theme are passed around.
The entire experience culminates in an extra sweet ending with a plated dessert of Vanilla & Rhubarb Vacherin with Lime Coconut Meringue, Verbena Parfait and Coconut Jelly.
An Afternoon Tea for the Senses at The Drawing Room, presented by Dior and Ruinart Rosé runs from 1 October to 30 November (S$78+++ per pax). Monday – Friday | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Saturday and Sunday | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (1st seating); 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM (2nd seating).
For reservations and enquiries, please call The Drawing Room at +65 6506 6860 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.