S felt like having high-tea one weekend so we decided to try the one at the Tiffin Room at the Raffles Hotel. This place is really popular, especially among tourists, so you definitely need to make reservations.
Not very much variety here though - the spread consisted of the usual high-tea items and some local favourites. My first round consisted of some finger sandwiches, a scone with jam and cream, chicken pie and of course I had to grab a few siew mai :)
The finger sandwiches were pretty good. Just something about sandwiches cut into little pieces that makes it taste better than usual :) The scone was quite good too. Nothing quite like a simple scone with fresh cream and jam...
I also did a 'local' plate :
All my favourite dim sum - siew mai, egg tart, char siew pao, char siew so, and the slightly-out-of-place otah. Everything was pretty decent, but nothing was exceptionally good.
Went on to dessert :
I love kuehs especially onde onde so I just had to grab some - it was pretty ok... but what was horrible was the waffle! It was rock hard and totally inedible.
Hmm, I guess the main reason why people come here is not so much the food but more the atmosphere...
All the decor here definitely adds to the colonial atmosphere - from the iron gate right in the middle of the restaurant (so pretty I just had to take a picture of it), the elegant paintings, the little potted plants on each table... and the harp player definitely helps to transport you back to the days of Sir Stamford Raffles.
I do have to mention though, that I was a bit disturbed to find that the plates and cutlery were old in a scratched-up way (as opposed to being old in an antique way) and the napkins had little holes in them. Maybe the grand dame is due for a makeover....
For $37+++, this is not the best place to come for high tea if you're looking for a good spread. But definitely worth coming at least once, just for the experience...
Raffles Hotel Singapore
1 Beach Road S189673
Tel : 6337 1886