The centuries-old English afternoon tea is well and alive in this garden city but I think few ticked all the boxes for great food and ambience just like Lime Patisserie, a new chic sweets boutique that has just opened at PARKROYAL on Pickering for a few months. Besides the artisanal pastries, guests can also indulge in a refined three tier afternoon tea set for two that is surprisingly reasonably priced at only $38++
They don't call this afternoon tea "Tiers of Joy" for nothing. Before we even begin, there were a few passers-by who were ogling at our elegant triple decker that features an impressive ensemble of assorted sandwiches, macarons, classic French pastries including rich dense earl grey brownies and superb raisin scones.
These delicate golden babies were wrapped cautiously in a pristine white cloth, keeping them warm and moist. Slather on some of the clotted cream and strawberry jam on the tender interior and slowly take a bite of it. Heavenly.
The tarts, which are also baked in-house, deserved a round of standing ovation as the pastry shells were crisp and crumbly with absolutely no hints of sogginess. Besides the classic fruit tart, there was the chocolate orange tart, a sweet milk chocolate based version with a soothing citrus fragrance that would calm down any restlessness. I could not help but smiled gleefully at the discovery of one the best tarts in Singapore
Complete them with free flow of coffee or fine Gryphon tea selection that includes some quirky flavors such as the White Gingerlily White Tea or the Tomatino caffeine-free tea and the afternoon tea felt half accomplished.
I was sure that I would leave the place in deep regrets without trying some of the amazing display of pralines, muffins and cakes from the boutique itself. A must-try is the Milk Chocolate Rocher Pop ($7+) which gave more than just crunchy chocolate pleasures from the caramelized almond nibs coating and silky Valrhona Jivara milk chocolate mousse. The surprise came from the subtle spiced notes in the fudgy brownie that gave a smooth, well-bodied finish.
Just like the tarts from the afternoon tea, the Lemon & Lime Tart ($7+) is another incredible pastry work, perhaps even more attractive for those who like bright zesty flavours. The aromatic whiffs of the desiccated coconut at the edges enhanced the luscious layerings of sweet acidity from the combination of almond cream and lemon curd. A simple yet masterful rendition of a citrusy dessert.
I imagined the Strawberry Cheesecake Tart ($7.50+) to be some light and tangy cheese mousse but it turned out otherwise. Sitting atop an almond frangipane tart, the cheese dome stroked a strong resemblance to a classic dense NY baked cheesecake and would appeal to those who have a palate for traditional rich tea cakes. I prefer the other "cheesy" dessert--Tiramisu ($7). Presented in a stylish glass bowl, this tiramisu provides a quick coffee fix especially in the moist, spongy areas where the java notes ran at full force.
But nothing is as unique and meaningful as the HeartSG cake, a gorgeous "little red dot" that is specially created to celebrate our golden jubilee this year. Crowned with familiar icons such as Merlion, Singa the Lion and Esplanade, this 1-kg red velvet cake are spread with luscious cream cheese layers that are rich yet not overwhelmingly sweet.Indeed 50 years of nation building is not a piece of cake. So why not celebrate this golden jubilee by sharing this meaningful HeartSG cake with your family and friends? Alternatively, one can also spend a couple of lazy afternoon hours over fancy brews and sweets during the long national day holidays at Lime Patisserie. It's the ideal spot for those looking for quality food and a peace of mind in the middle of the bustling city.
Priced at SGD50, the HeartSG cake is available now till 30 Sept. Advance reservations highly recommended.
Tiers of Joy Afternoon Tea @ Lime Patisserie
SGD38 per set for 2 pax with free-flow coffee and tea