Woohoo! Can’t believe I’m one of the 10 winners of the Fried Rice Paradise contest! I voted for Din Tai Fung in the restaurant category as I’m a big fan of their fried rice which, till today, is still the most deliciously comforting dish I’ve ever eaten at any Chinese restaurant. And my entry won me $200 dining vouchers from Grand Hyatt Singapore. Yay! 😀 With that, I just thought I would give ourselves a little treat before we embarked on our Taiwan trip in like 4 days’ time. Hence we went for afternoon tea at 10 Scotts that is located on the lobby level of Grand Hyatt Singapore. 😉
Atmosphere and Environment
10 Scotts reminded me of an executive club lounge – that same lounge you get to access when you book a club room category room at a hotel. It’s not huge in area but it’s pretty cosy.
We picked the first seating of afternoon tea from 12.00pm to 2.30pm on a weekday. I liked that it wasn’t crowded and the environment was simply quiet so we could really dine in peace.
Highly recommend that you request for a table with a view of the cascading waterfall just outside the lounge. Really adds on an extra bonus to your dining experience.
You can also head outside to enjoy the view and snap a picture or two.
The moment we were ushered to our table, we were handed the tea menu.
Here, they serve Gryphon Tea which is one of my all-time favourite tea brands. I had a Peach Nectar which was redolent of sweet peach whereas J had a Matcha Vanilla which was a strong, slightly bitter green tea brew with a subtle hint of vanilla.
Food and Variety
The buffet spread was quite small and limited at first glance. Possibly the smallest I had ever seen at any afternoon tea buffet. But there were some pretty good stuffs.
Totally enjoyed the Steamed Spring Bay Blue Mussels which I paired with a citrusy and refreshing Thai chilli lime sauce. The large sized Black Tiger Prawns were fresh, sweet and crunchy. I was surprised to see Fine de Claire oysters in the buffet. They were equally fresh and simply tasted like the ocean.
There was a small selection of assorted sushi which I didn’t touch. J had a couple and said they were mediocre.
Over at the chiller, we helped ourselves to Smoked Salmon (not overly salty) and Chickpea Hummus that was so smooth, creamy and well-seasoned that I had to have a few bread slices to mop it all up.
Best thing was, the bread was so good as well, lol. Nothing beats freshly baked bread. 😀
The Cold Cut of the Day was my favourite iberico ham. Absolutely loved it! Definitely gotta pair it with the rock melon as the sweetness of the fruit would balance up that saltiness of the meat.
Good assortment of cheeses from Philippe Olivier. You have to like ‘stinky’ cheese to be able to appreciate this plate, lol. I preferred the hard cheeses that were more subtle in flavour.
Hot Food Section
There were two types of scones (plain and yogurt & coconut), blue swimmer crab cakes and local curry puffs in the oven. Just let the chef or staff-on-duty know what you want and they will be happy to take the items for you.
The crab cakes were filled with pure crab meat but I thought they tasted somewhat fishy. Preferred the curry puffs instead as the crust was super flaky and crispy (like those 1A curry puffs) and the curry filling was on point too.
The Baked Chicken Thigh was ordinary but the Shepherd’s Pie was awesome. Delicious beef filling. Creamy mashed potatoes. Cheesy crust. Yum.
This Vegetable Soup was too heavily seasoned.
There were also Yorkshire Pudding (not recommended as they were too hard and chewy), Provencal Vegetable Tart (the crust was surprisingly crispy – delicious!) and Farmers Sandwich (good flavour combination with nice crunch of coleslaw but the buns were too thick and dry).
I must say the highlight of my meal was definitely the scones that I paired with classic Cornish clotted cream and strawberry & rhubarb jam.
Moist, buttery and warm. Crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. Utterly delicious. If they ever sell their scones separately, I would be most happy to buy a dozen home to enjoy, lol.
And for the vegetarians and/or salad lovers, you’ll be pleased to see a salad bar here with a good array of ingredients so you can customise your own salad with a dressing of your choice.
This was what J came up with. So fresh and wholesome.
Desserts were served in a two-tier stand. They consisted of Passion Fruit Lamington, Red Velvet Cake, Cranberry Matcha Cake, Panna Cotta, Opera Cake and an assortment of berries. I wasn’t a big fan of these sweets but I did like that the desserts were made less sweet so they weren’t overly rich and cloying.
I realised at the very end of the meal that there were popsicles and ice cream in the chiller below where the smoked salmon and hummus were.
The sorbet popsicles (two flavours – apple and orange) were super refreshing. However I loved the chocolate ice cream most as it was so intensely chocolatey and smooth. Made the perfect ending indeed.
Besides free flow tea, there were also juices next to the salad bar. We tried both the guava and orange juices that were deliciously refreshing without being saccharine sweet. And we also ordered a Latte each to round things up. Smooth, fragrant and not acidic.
10 Scotts High Tea @ Grand Hyatt Singapore
First seating: 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Second seating: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Monday to Friday
SGD 52.00 ++ per person with free-flow of coffee, Gryphon tea and chilled juices
SGD 32.00 ++ per child (age 5 to 12 years)
SGD 55.00 ++ per person with free-flow of coffee, Gryphon tea and chilled juices
SGD 35.00 ++ per child (age 5 to 12 years)
Overall, I would highly recommend 10 Scotts to anyone who has a smaller appetite and who prefers quality over quantity. It’s a lovely place to sit back, relax and while away an afternoon while indulging in some delicious treats. Service is also impeccable. Staff is attentive, friendly and often engages in little chats with us. Lovely environment. Great atmosphere. That’s how an afternoon tea should be. 😉
Second seating: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
+65 6738 1234