Sunday, March 2, 2008
High tea at Sheraton Towers
The Dining Room at Sheraton Towers boasts high ceilings and a grand view of cascading waterfalls and landscaped tropical gardens. We ended up here by chance and went for their high tea (noon to 4pm, Saturdays, S$28++ for adults, S$15++ for kids aged 6-12).
It's not a very wide spread and consists mainly of Asian fare. I'll just quickly run through the highlights. The mains are quite forgettable although the popiah was all right. Didn't get to try the carrot cake.
A chef at a live station will serve you Vietnamese rice rolls with roast duck and mango (basically cut it in half, drizzle chili sauce and put single chive on it). Nice cold appetiser, if you can get past the slightly dried out rice roll skin.
The finger sandwiches were surprisingly tasty. Slightly more innovative than the usual catered fare. I appreciated the use of interesting final touches like ume (Japanese preserved plum) shavings and Japanese pink fish floss (not shown).
Hubby loved the rojak. It's a DIY station, so you can customise your own ingredients - add more tart mango cubes or jambu ayer (rose apple) slices if you like. Thumbs up.
I enjoyed this. The hotel bills this as their "famous Sheraton Towers Laksa", although I never knew it was. Famous, that is.
Mini glutinous rice dumplings with braised chicken inside. Tasty but I think pork makes a better filling.
This is the most generous portion I have seen in terms of shark's fins in any dim sum. Visible little combs of it adorn the chawanmushi cups. Bargain lovers will be happy! However the texture of the steamed egg is the roughest I have ever come across and the flavour is not stellar either, despite lots of crab meat at the bottom.
Dessert lovers will rejoice that more than half the buffet is all about sweets. Pity I wasn't able to try all of them.
Ahh, they have the durian pengat here. Durian pulp mixed with gula melaka and cream to create a light mousse. This seems a fairly light version, not overly pungent, but you will still need a palate cleanser if you want to taste anything else afterwards.
I had a brief thought about the bitesize desserts. All that effort into creating that little morsel and it's gone in two seconds. How transient everything in life is!
Nice shotglass desserts - raspberry with ivory chocolate mousse; and champagne jelly with fruits.
There were many desserts I did not get to try, including this. Also missed - pulut hitam, chocolate fountain, waffles station, all the cakes, pies and tarts. Did have the bread and butter pudding with vanilla cream but it was just average.
I couldn't help taking a second helping of this, even after the desserts. Love rice paper rolls!
We finished off with this refreshing jelly. Wish I had the tummy space and time to try all the other stuff, but Nadine was getting cranky, so we had to cut short our meal. Would I be back again? Hmm, I'm not sure. There are just so many other high teas to check out!
THE DINING ROOM
Level 1, Sheraton Towers
39 Scotts Road