High Tea @ The Coffee Connoisseur (TCC)
High tea set for 2, for jan & feb 2011. It was a good bargain we thought so we went for it!
There was an option of coffee or tea. We opted for tea as we ain’t coffee goers. In retrospect it aint much of a choice anyway. Ceylon tea was served. Very much the “prototype” Lipton or BOH mixes without all those fanciful flavours (and names!) like those at TWG! They come with 2 small ginger shortbreads which J kinda liked. So its not too bad after all.
These petite framboise ispahans were the first to catch our attention! So much so that we had to try them first. That kind of upset the “pecking” order of our tea set since we usually start off with the savouries. Little heart-shaped macaron shells encased with raspberry cream and 3 raspberries, obviously themed after the upcoming Valentine’s Day.
Despite their delectable appearance, these petits fours failed to make an impression. Probably being pre-fabbed in large quantities, the macaron shells have lost their crisp and crunch while the “fresh” raspberries used had long passed their prime. A pity really as i was full of anticipation for these Pierre Hermé-inspired creations.
Then we had these canapés, dainty fingerfood commonly served as hors d’oeuvres. Small oblong pieces of toast topped with lettuce, tomato and a slice of abalone. Yes abalone! On top of that, there was also some (more!) chopped abalone and a tiny dollop of mayonnaise. We’d never been really big on this shellfish as the texture, to me, likens to chewing a latex glove! But this somewhat changed my perception of abalone. It can be quite good as fingerfood… exquisite, but extravagant!
Tiramisu de verrine, famous italian confection with in french presentation. I’m not a coffee person so J had a go at it.
Creamy layers topped with cocoa powder and a coffee base, the dessert seemed a tad too creamy for J’s liking. I’m not sure if the layers are marscapone or just whipped cream as I didn’t taste it. And J couldn’t make out the difference as well. What we know is the mousse-like texture seemed to perpetuate the whole dessert as there wasn’t any savoiardi to break the monotony making the dessert flavourful yet dull. Life can be so full of oxymorons isn’t it?
Then there’s this puzzling piece interspersed with layers of what seems like crêpe and ham, and some layers we can’t make out! Its savoury and helped to draw the attention away from the lingering sweetness from the buttercream-filled ispahans, which we are grateful!
We couldn’t make out what the whitish layers are, seemed like mozzarella to me.
The scones came in two flavours, chocolate chip, and golden sultanas. Julia from Aroma Cookery had very good reviews of the scones at TCC when she visited their Scotts Road branch to try their high tea set but unfortunately, it didn’t work well for us. The scones were cold and hard. Don’t get us wrong. We aint expecting piping hot, straight-out-of-oven bakes but a quick heat up to relive the confections is the very least that could have been done. And they are definitely a far cry from being “buttery and melt-in-your-mouth”. Lucky Julia! Ours were more dry and crumbly. 😦
But all’s not lost as there were two condiments to go with the scones, a jam and something else that resembles crème Chantilly. The scones alone would have otherwise been too harsh on the palate.
Overall, this high tea had more misses than hits. But at $18.80 for two, perhaps not too much could be expected. Would we try their high tea sets in future? Yes I think we would, probably the Isetan Scotts branch where Julia visited, and if the confections looks appealing enough to entice us once more.
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