Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Axis Bar and Lounge: Luxury September Bubbly Afternoon Tea


To find anywhere serving a good afternoon tea even on weekdays in Singapore is in itself noteworthy. But to sit down in such a relaxed setting — with a glass of 1688 Grand Rose Champagne in hand overlooking the magnificent view of Marina Bay in a comfy banquette— is cause for outright celebration. So is Mandarin Oriental’s Luxury September Bubbly Afternoon Tea.

Photo Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental
This month for just $15 ++ per glass, guests can sip the exclusive 1688 Grand Rosé, an exquisite full-bodied champagne that contains zero alcohol content along with the afternoon tea that revolves around the pink champagne. Made from a premium blend of red and white grapes, the 1688 Grand Rosé contains 100% of natural ingredients with no added sugar.
 
Kick-start the 5-course (not 3) mid-day feast with a tall glass of Grand Rose champagne jelly. Followed up with the spread of savoury canapes and desserts created by Executive Pastry Chef Cassian Tan to accompany the sweet delicate bubbles.

The three-tiered set includes four kinds of special desserts that use champagne: champagne macaroons, a dainty champagne chocolate lollipop, chilled champagne and damas plum sabayon disguised as a fruit tart and a champagne cassis gateau snugged cosily in a purple chocolate wall. 
 
Take a moment of break from sweets with the bottom-tier selection of savoury canapes that are at full blast with flavours and definitely not your average egg and ham sandwiches.  Take for example the duck rillettes & foie gras canapé or the truffle-scented egg & chive petite sandwich. Both canapes take turn to perfume your palates with its strong aroma and balanced well with the red fruity notes of the Grand Rosé champagne. 

Of course, there is no particular sequence between the 3-tier and one can jolly well hop back to the sweets which includes non-champagne selection like the Passion-Banana éclair. The Dulce De Leche Tart- a buttery shortcrust pastry with caramelized brown milk jam was so excellent that I would love to pack home a box of it. 

You can’t get more British with the scones in two flavours: Lemon-thyme and Strawberry yoghurt, served in true style with authentic clotted cream, strawberry preserves and a grainy lemon curd. But just in case you might think that this is the end, there are two more courses to go.
 
The 4th course is a luxury platter which is a feast for the eyes. The ice cream cone is not a sweet biscuit but a savoury one, piped with Smoked salmon mousse. The Marinated lobster compression with Champagne aspic reminded me of the wacky creations by Heston Blumenthal while the Porcini mushroom tart with basalmic alioli lived up to its own name. It was bursting of umami flavour that left me curious about the amount of mushrooms used.   

The last course is something hot from the oven—Duck Confit & Pistachio Puff and a Classic Chicken Pie

With such a lavish spread, a cup of hot tea is certainly much desired. We had the Earl Grey French Blue—black tea with taste of malt and chocolate, and the Bouddha Bleu—green tea sprinkled with blue cornflowers. I am not a serious tea connoisseur but both are good, afterall they are from the old French gourmet tea company, Mariage Freres


Photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental



Photo Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental


Priced at $42++ per person and $80++ for two people, the Luxury September Bubbly Afternoon Tea is available at the Axis Bar and Lounge only for the month of September. The 1688 Grand Rosé will be available at $15++ per glass along with the Afternoon Tea.

You can also enjoy the champagne separately at $18++ per glass and $98++ per bottle at Axis Bar and Lounge, Dolce Vita and MELT ~ The World Café. 
 
For those who are concern about alcohol, the Grand Rose is non-alcoholic. A very good healthy excuse to drink your time away, in this genteel and unhurried oasis.

Axis Bar and Lounge
5 Raffles Avenue, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore 03979
Tel: 6885 3500
10am to Midnight (Sun)
10am to 1am (Mon – Thu)
10am to 2am (Fri & Sat)

Afternoon Tea Hours: 3-5pm Daily
(Extra Seatings from 12.30pm-2.30pm on Weekends/Public Holidays)

Special thanks to Ms Vernia and Ms Brockmann for the invite

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5 comments:

  1. Omg! I heart afternoon high tea like this!!! Still got bubbles leh :p

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    1. haha....I also love afternoon tea like this because that's the only time I can imagine myself being a tai tai~
      Ooh yes, the 1688 grand rose is excellent, sweet and bubbly. Try it if you have time :)

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    2. Thank you for this great blog - I've decided to take my mother for afternoon tea when we visit Singapore next week.

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  2. Axis Bar and Lounge

    With breathtaking views over Singapore’s skyline
    and delightful entertainment, Axis Bar and
    Lounge is the ideal location to indulge in a
    leisurely Christmas Afternoon Tea, or to dance
    the night away over New Year’s Eve with a selection
    of sophisticated cocktails and live music to
    welcome the New Year.

    International guests, friends or business colleagues can meet for a relaxing time at this bar located within the stylish surroundings of Singapore Central. Sit back and enjoy the special creations prepared by our talented chefs at the Axis Bar and Lounge.


    Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Afternoon Tea
    SGD58 per person including a glass of champagne
    SGD108 for two persons including a glass of
    champagne each

    New Year’s Eve Party
    (11.00pm to 2.00am)
    SGD298 per person including free flow of champagne,
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    For reservations, please email mosin-dining@mohg.com
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    Prices are subject to 10% service charge and 7% government taxes.

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