A Nostalgic Weekend High Tea Buffet that takes you on a trip down memory lane.
Atrium at Pan Pacific Singapore has just launched a NEW Weekend Afternoon Tea Buffet, featuring unlimited Peranakan and English delights served on a 22-metres long bar.
You get to experience the best of both worlds in several ways – Peranakan and English tea delights; delightful cakes and more substantial food; buffet spread and live stations helmed by Pan Pacific Singapore chefs.
I think this is a great inclusion, that high tea is not just about sandwiches, scones and pastries, along with the added enjoyment other familiar Nyonya favourites of Pacific Lobster Laksa, Popiah, Kueh Pie Tee, Nyonya Chicken Curry and assortment of Kueh Kueh.
What my friends really liked was the dining area as well, as we were seated in the comfort of ‘floating pods’. That provided more privacy and space for a lazy afternoon out for chit-chats and food.
The Nostalgic Weekend High Tea Buffet takes place every weekend from 2:30pm to 5:30pm. Here are 11 reasons why you should head down:
1. Peranakan Live Stations
The highlight of this buffet to me is the Peranakan Live Stations, with the recipe from the resident Nyonya Chef Nancy Teo (I previously spotted her delectable Nyonya dishes and so-good sambal chilli from Edge upstairs.)
You would find their rendition of Pacific Lobster Laksa slightly different – still with mildly rich, bright and light broth, not too spicy but no less tasty.
The portion is great for the individual, but you may find yourself craving for seconds.
The other favourite is the Popiah, complete with fragrant savoury and sweet tasting shredded turnip filling, added with condiments to your liking.
2. Nostalgic Nyonya Favourites
Talking about Popiah, not to be missed is D-I-Y Kueh Pie Tee.
For those who have yet to try this before, it is a popular Peranakan dish where crispy tart shells are filled with cooked turnip, vegetables, topped with a fresh shrimp.
The Nyonya Chicken Curry with thick coconuty lemak gravy and tenderly soft potatoes reminded me of what my ah-ma used to cook. Best to dip with some crispy French Baguette.
3. Special Dish of the Day
The “Special Dish” rotates weekly. I had the Ayam Buah Keluak – chicken (ayam) braised in thick, spicy tamarind gravy with buah keluak nuts (which is also known as black gold).
This is known to be one of the most labour-intensive Peranakan dishes to prepare. Lucky me.
4. East-Meets-West Dishes
Other than the classics, there are other dishes which are cooked with Peranakan ingredients, adding a tangy, aromatic, or spicy element.
Pan Pacific Singapore’s signature homemade sausages are found in a version cooked with Achar.
Loved this combination of juicy sausages that can be complemented with the pickled vegetables.
Other than the Ayam Panggang Skewers – which are sticks of grilled chicken, the Otah Quiche is NOT to be missed. Thank me later.
Did I mention the Heritage Coconut Scones with Kaya and Pineapple Jam?
5. English Afternoon Tea Selection
Those who prefer a quintessential English afternoon tea can look forward to a curated line-up of finger sandwiches, savouries and desserts.
Among the savoury highlights are Norwegian Salmon and Fruit Puree on Malt Toast, Foie Gras Terrine and Fig Marmalade on Brioche, and Wild Mushroom and Cheese Quiche.
If sandwiches are not to your preference, the Mini Wagyu Beef Sliders and Wild Mushroom and Cheese Quiche should satisfy.
6. Nyonya Sweets
A Peranakan high tea is not complete without colourful Nyonya Kueh.
I spotted a selection such as Ang Gu Kueh, Kueh Talam, Rempah Udang (my favourite glutinous rice and shrimp paste wrapped in a pandan leaf), Ondeh Ondeh, Kueh Dadar, along with interesting Tart Blanc with Peach and Salted Yolk and Cantonese Sponge Cake with Salted Yolk.
What I will recommend is the fragrant and so-fluffy Pandan Gula Melaka Chiffon Cake.
The chiffon cake is made by using fresh juice extracted from pandan leaves, added with authentic Gula Melaka (palm sugar) from Malacca.
7. Handcrafted Cakes, Tarts and Scones
There are also other cakes and pastries handcrafted by Pastry Chef Eddy Yau and team.
The petite sweets range from the Matcha Yuzu Lychee Entremet, Araguani Hazelnut Royaltine Entremet, Strawberry Pistachio Shortcake, Blueberry Cheesecake, Homemade Bonbons to Raisin Scones.
The Strawberry Pistachio Shortcake was my favourite. The classic strawberry shortcake is given a spin with fluffy pistachio sponge, complemented by smooth whipped cream and a ring of fresh strawberries.
8. Cake Of The Month – Matcha Opera Entremet
The April “Cake Of The Month” is something you are likely to crave for. (The photo above is a Matcha Yuzu Lychee Entremet. I went in March and had something different.)
It is a Matcha Opera Entremet which infuses popular Japanese ingredients of creamy and bittersweet layers of matcha mousse, sesame crunch, along with vanilla sponge.
Remember, it is only there during April.
(Tip: If you enjoy the petite desserts served during high tea, you may order the full-sized versions at the Patisserie Counter.)
9. Cold Brew Teas
The Nostalgic Weekend High Tea Buffet also comes with complimentary two beverages of your choice.
I would suggest getting at least one of the two special cold brew teas – Earl Grey infused with Orange, and Cinnamon and Chamomile infused with Berries.
For those who prefer the freshly brewed tea or coffee, pair the delectable food with a range of TWG teas or Lavazza coffee.
10. Peranakan Chocolate Boutique
While this section is not part of the buffet, the pastry team has prepared a series of chocolate accessories that incorporate the bright colours, intricate beading and rich embroidery to reflect the elements of the Peranakan culture.
Perfect as gifts, these edible Peranakan-fashion statements are available from $28 each.
The colourful quirky treats include High Heels with Chocolate Truffles, A Gentleman’s Dress Shoe with Chocolate Truffles, and Chocolate Handbags.
And the 11…. Complimentary Glass of Prosecco or House Mocktail
Exclusively for Daniel Food Diary readers, from 7th April to 3rd June 2018, enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco or House Mocktail per person when you quote ”DanielFoodDiary” during the Nostalgic Weekend High Tea Buffet reservations.
More reasons to cheers to the weekends.
Atrium Nostalgic Weekend High Tea Buffet
Price: $48++ per person, includes two beverages from the high tea menu
High Tea Buffet Date: From 24 March 2018, every Saturday and Sunday
Timing: 2:30pm – 5:30pm
Venue: Atrium (Level 1), Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard Singapore 039595
Tel: +65 6826 8240
Reservation Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with Pan Pacific Singapore.