Review: St. Regis Singapore – Grand Astor Afternoon Tea

Review: St. Regis Singapore – Grand Astor Afternoon Tea

Brasserie Les Saveurs The St Regis Singapore - Grand Astor Afternoon Tea - Afternoon Tea Three-Tier

Expanding on their popular afternoon tea refinements, The St. Regis Singapore officially relaunches their Grand Astor Afternoon Tea. Named after the prominent St. Regis founding matriarch Caroline Astor, the dandy gastronomic affair even comes paired with charming dance instructors all ready to waltz guests away to a live band on Saturdays. But for those who born with two left feet, or simply prefer the quiescent peace of weekday afternoons, their epicurean offerings will surely suffice.

Brasserie Les Saveurs The St Regis Singapore - Grand Astor Afternoon Tea - Sundried Roma Tomato & Rosemary Scones

Tuck into their elegant three-tier of hot and savoury delights—the quintessential cucumber sandwich is given a juicy spin with thin tomato slices—as you while time away over one of their 24 TWG tea blends at Brasserie Les Saveurs, though I say a glass of champagne makes any day a little better.

Brasserie Les Saveurs The St Regis Singapore - Grand Astor Afternoon Tea - Pot Pie and Quiche of the Day

I particularly enjoyed the Seafood pot pie (flavour rotates on a daily basis) with a buttery and fluffy puff pastry lid. Push it down into the creamy soup to soak up the rich goodness, before savouring the tender seafood bits.

Brasserie Les Saveurs The St Regis Singapore - Grand Astor Afternoon Tea - Sundried Roma Tomato & Rosemary Scones

Their dedicated Scone Bar, and quite possibly the first of its kind on our sunny island, offers up some freshly baked sweet, and savoury versions of the classic afternoon tea indulgence. Besides the usual Blackcurrant, look forward to variations such as the intriguing Duck & Orange, Bacon or the homely Sundried Roma tomatoes & rosemary scones. Their scones were dense enough to hold up individual flavours, yet light and breaks easily when in the mouth.

Brasserie Les Saveurs The St Regis Singapore - Grand Astor Afternoon Tea - Iberico Ham and Perrigord Black Truffle Scone

In additional to the obligatory clotted cream and jam, there is also a lavish spread of seasonal fruit conserves, jams and novelty spreads, as well as some gourmet charcuterie cuts. Having the pleasure of revisiting this afternoon tea experience, I found the St. Regis classic scone best teamed with clotted cream—the thick cream contrasts well with the almost crunchy, sugary crusted scone—and the savoury Iberico ham with the must-try Perrigord black summer truffle scones. Don’t reject when the chef offers to shave more black truffle atop your warm scone.

Brasserie Les Saveurs The St Regis Singapore - Grand Astor Afternoon Tea - Freshly Baked Waffles and Ice Cream

Besides a selection of other savoury pastries, their pillowy crepes and waffles is definitely worth checking out. Prepared a la minute by their chefs, the picture-perfect waffles are made divine with a choice of smooth ice creams, medley of sauces and berries.

Brasserie Les Saveurs The St Regis Singapore - Grand Astor Afternoon Tea - Selection of Desserts

If you still have space for desserts—I recommend pacing yourself through the variety of scones—their line-up that ranges from assorted the local Nonya Kuehs to Bread & butter puddings and Lemon meringue tarts will not disappoint.

The Grand Astor Afternoon Tea (3pm – 5pm) is available Mondays to Fridays at $46 per person, and the Grand Astor Tea Dance with Live Band (3pm – 5pm) and dance instructors is on every Saturday at $56 per person.

Note: This was an invited tasting.

Brasserie Les Saveurs
The St. Regis Singapore, Lobby level
29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911

Tel: +65 65066866

Jazpster
Jazpster

What started out as just something fun for Jasper has developed into a passion for food over the years. Always having weird urges to take pictures of other diners’ food, he is used to being forcefully restrained by dining companions, but has yet to have security called on him. Jasper is open to all sorts of cuisines and dishes, and is always on the lookout for a good meal or deal. To him, an ideal restaurant is one that combines good food, friendly service and a warm ambience. "Food is all about the dining experience."

There are 2 comments
  1. Hi … just had the Afternoon Tea at St Regis today. It’s really terrible. Service is poor, coffee is forgotten, sandwiches are dry and tough, the crepe is late, plates are not clear …

    • Jazpster
      Jazpster

      Hi Ling,
      That’s terrible! We have passed along your feedback to the management.

  2. S. Fraser

    Six months after Ling received dreadful service at the St Regis Hotel nothing has improved. I attended the Afternoon Tea at the St Regis on Saturday, 1st February 2014 and the service was extremely bad. I had to ask for a cup, my husband had to ask for plates and we both had to ask for teaspoons. They brought the three-tier stand of savouries before our tea arrived, after waiting five minutes we asked them to remove the stand, as the food was getting cold. Eventually our tea arrived and unfortunately, I had to send mine back because they had brought the wrong one. Our stress levels were rising rapidly! We asked for the wine list and ten minutes later we had to ask for it again! There was no excuse for the bad service because there was more staff than customers. We complained to one of the staff dressed in a suit however, on questioning, he couldn’t decide if he was a member of management or not! The food was palatable but not inspiring. The concept of the tea dance is good but the delivery is poor. Also, dancers and musicians must remember they are professionals – it is okay to have fun but they must know when not to cross the line, their karaoke antics at the end of their performance should be stopped.

    There appears to be a lack of management and junior staff requires more training on how to communicate with customers. If you were considering enjoying a relaxing traditional afternoon tea then my advice would be to look elsewhere because there are numerous better establishments around.

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