Anti:dote‘s all-new afternoon tea is like no other.
Amidst a chic setting, the charming experience takes place at Anti:dote Lounge, an adjoining posh space linked to the main bar space at Anti:dote and the lobby of Fairmont Singapore. It’s classy, one-of-a-kind and I’m so glad that I don’t have to eat my words that Anti:dote “easily has both style and substance”.
Priced at S$38++ per person and available daily from 3-5pm, The Anti:dote Tea set is replete with an accompaniment of black truffle scrambled eggs while The Oriental Tea set is served with classic dim sum such as har gau (shrimp dumpling), chive dumpling and scallop siew mai. All afternoon tea sets are complemented with an extensive menu of TWG teas.
I’m perplexed as to why would anyone choose dim sum (please, just go Crystal Jade or something) over the delish black truffle scrambled eggs, simply because the latter was too delicious! Extremely creamy and a perfect match with the crispy toasted soldiers on the side. Presentation was a cross between cute (egg shell!) and sophisticated (black truffle!!) haha.
After the “starter” came the star – an exquisite white leather-clad jewellery drawer-chest filled with a medley of sweet and savoury surprises.
Get your camera phones ready when unveiling each layer of beautifully presented treats! Instagram/Facebook/Twitter-worthy, guaranteed.
The top platform showcased a selection of saccharine pleasures – girly and pretty strawberry gateau with raspberry lychee pearls, apple almond crumbles, earl grey eclairs (my favourite!), potent rum baba, handmade truffles, huge and juicy chocolate-dipped strawberries, lemon macarons and decadent karukera chocolate mirror tarts (another favourite! Don’t ask me to choose ha).
Five different types of gourmet finger sandwiches were elegantly laid out in the first drawer. I knew that I’d like the smoked salmon with creme fraiche and caviar but I didn’t expect it to be that good – very smokey and not too salty! I love the mini boston lobster roll with herb mayonnaise too but thought the cucumber dill salad sandwich with cream cheese was boring. Prosciutto with onion jam and aged cheddar and coronation curried chicken tarts were all K’s and he was more than happy to eat my share.
If you think the petite items served at the afternoon tea will leave you hungry, then the second drawer of carbs heavyweights is for you! Freshly baked moist lemon basil pound cakes and warm raisin and candied ginger scones with homemade strawberry jam, devonshire clotted cream and tangy lemon curd await. Necessary “fillers”, I call them.
To complete the whole experience, a couple of sugared butter cookies were packed and left in the last drawer as take-home goodies! A thoughtful gesture by the team of chefs who crafted the afternoon tea menu, seeing those cookies at home a few days later brought back lovely memories of the afternoon spent at Anti:dote!
Many thanks to Ruth for a most enjoyable afternoon!
Level 1, Fairmont Singapore
80 Bras Basah Road