The Capitol Kempinski’s “Botanical-inspired Afternoon Tea” is a creative step towards elevating the idea of tea and sandwiches, or cake if you may, to a stylish new level.
An exquisite five-course meal, the afternoon tea includes a collection of delightfully sweet and savoury creations.
Surprisingly, you won’t find classics like cream cheese and salmon sandwiches here.
Instead, there is plentiful experimentation, in the form of Smoked Duck Rice Paper Rolls, Chilled Chawanmushi with century egg emulsion, and Forest Berries and Plum Pudding torched upon presentation.
Another highlight of the afternoon tea at The Capitol Kempinski is the botanical presentation of the food. Think IG-worthy nest-like glass displays hanging from a tree branch sculpture.
Taking cues from nature, the team at the hotel’s Lobby Lounge, as a result, creates a gastronomic offering that is both visually enticing and delicate in terms of its creation.
Moreover, adding to the ambiance of this memorable culinary happening is the setting of the Lobby Lounge, The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore.
Partitioned from the main lobby, the lounge is an adaptable space that welcomes guests to rest and relax in a manner they prefer.
Whether enjoying a glass of champagne,, or appreciating a hot cup of freshly prepared tea with friends, the Lobby Lounge is both casual and distinctly indulgent in its persona.
Available every 2.30pm to 5pm the high tea set is priced at $52++ per person on weekdays and $58++ per person on weekends.
Here’s what you can expect from the five courses:
The Capitol Kempinski’s Afternoon Tea begins to impress from the very first course.
The complexity of the creations is par excellence, as one notices the use of traditional as well as modern cooking techniques.
Foie Gras Rocher with candied fruits, Valrhona chocolate, and tree nuts is a revelation on the palate. The same is true for the Jamon Iberico De Bellota with wild rocket leaves, compressed cantaloupe, and taggiasca humid soil.
Salmon lovers, though, will adore the textural brilliance of the Fjord Trout Gravlax. Paired with pistachio cream cheese, rice cracker, keta roe, and fine herbs, it is a mouthful of flavours.
Another favourite was the Smoked Duck Rice Paper Roll, accompanied by crystalline ice plant and raspberry vinaigrette.
Complimenting the food throughout the five courses is a selection of curated teas. The first course comes with Jewel of Anxi Tie Guan Yin with Red Dates, Wolfberries, and Dried Longan. A perfumed tea that stands its ground but also allows the food to leave its mark.
The second course of the Afternoon Tea at The Capitol Kempinski challenges its guests with bold yet diverse flavours profiles.
On the one hand, there is the full-bodied meatiness of the Roasted Black Angus Beef Sandwich served with spicy perilla leaf kimchi and gochujang emulsion.
In contrast, one also gets to relish the otherwise vegan-friendly Smashed Avocado Sourdough topped with bocconcini, sundried tomatoes, and balsamic pearls.
My favourite was the Beechwood Smoked Chicken Quiche with Japanese fruit cherry and cheddar cheese.
Of course, with savoury food that borders on heaviness, the tea pairing for this course is a simple yet effective Exquisite Earl Grey.
The third course of the afternoon tea is a modest palate cleanser, consisting of Frozen Kyuri Cucumber Yuzu Lemonade.
The staff pours sparkling wine on the sorbet at the table, giving the drink a zesty and refreshingly bubbly composition.
Minutely decadent and rich to its very core, Forest Berries & Plum Pudding is one course you do not want to miss out on.
The pudding flambéed with The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore’s signature Plantation 1840 rum, should undoubtedly tickle the fancy of your sweet tooth.
The Afternoon Tea at Capitol Kempinski ends in a similar lavish fashion as it begins. Replacing the savoury treats, in this case, is an array of tasteful sweet offerings.
The bright yellow Pandan Emerald Tart entices with its tropical flavour that includes coconut chantilly and green moss – a nod towards the botanical theme.
Simultaneously, the Lemon Bergamot Cake and Ivory Mousse Pebbles tempt the tastebuds with marigold and cassis cremeux, respectively.
And for that classic culmination, there are Financier, and Profiteroles filled with raspberry cream – fruity and fresh.
The sweets are paired with a refreshing Imperial Yunnan Pu Er with French Rose, presenting a slightly sweet and fragrant taste.
The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, 15 Stamford Road, Singapore 178906
Tel: +65 6715 6871
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Afternoon Tea: 2.30pm – 5pm (Mon – Sun)