SINGAPORE — There's an uncomfortably long break between the hours of lunch and dinner that always leaves us peckish, sleepy, and irritable. I call it a nuisance. Others call it a tea break. There is one industry in the world that has capitalised on this long pause between meals and upsell it into a business opportunity: The High Tea.
It seems like every restaurant worth its weight in luxe has one. Sure they all have the same idea across the board: offer up sweet and savoury bite-sized delights on a multi-tier display, serve up some exquisite pots of tea by the side or perhaps a flute of champagne, throw in a gorgeous setting and you're on your way. It can get a touch tres expected after a while.
That's when you abandon the common and train your gaze upwards—seventy floors to be exact. High up amongst the clouds on the 70th floor of Fairmont Hotel is Skai, worthy successor to Equinox which used to occupy the space.
The Skai High Tea is a collaboration between Skai’s Executive Chef Paul Hallett's and Executive Pastry Chef Ming Choong's that showcases the talents of the two notable chefs to present delicious artful creations for your mid-day dining pleasure.
Some of the more notable savoury selections include the Foie Gras Polo Bun, a two-bites Brioche bun filled with decadent foie gras and topped with a sweet raspberry gel. Elsewhere, an Egg Yolk Gel sandwich features egg yolk that has been sous vide for an hour and infused with truffle for an aromatic finish.
The exhaustive selection of sweet treats is enough to make a sweet tooth connoisseur swoon. It helps that everything is so exquisitely and beautifully crafted that one might feel it a shame to enjoy these creations sans guilt. Put those feelings aside and indulge in some of my favourites.
I am partial to the 72% Chocolate Sable Tart made out of cocoa crumble with a homemade marmalade core on a base of caramelised hazelnuts. It is a chocolatey treat that chocolate lovers will thoroughly enjoy. A bright yellow Mango, Strawberry, Yuzu Gâteau offers a sweet and fruity finish and is best eaten immediately after the chocolate tart. The tang offers an exciting contrast in flavour that will surely delight.
The Skai High Tea set also comes with a basket of Baked Scones served with Strawberry Jam, Lemon Curd made in-house and Cream from Devonshire.
Tea lovers can look forward to a wide selection of premium teas curated by TWG tea specialists, which includes Chocolate Mint Truffle, Emperor Pu-Erh, and White Sky Tea.
The SKAI High Tea costs $60++ per adult $30++ per child (6 to 12 years old) and is available Sunday to Friday from 3pm to 5pm.
Skai is located on Level 70, Swissôtel The Stamford, Singapore 178882
Sunday to Friday: 1500 – 1700
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