Apparently a rather popular place for afternoon tea, Anti:dote made it to a few lists for top places to go for afternoon tea, and so this was where we decided to go! At $45++ per person, and non-refillable, it seemed a little pricey, but based on past experience, we would probably be too full from one round.
We made reservations 3 days prior, and received an email confirmation within hours 🙂 Also, I made a request to get a table at a quiet corner as it was somebody’s special celebrations!
We arrived slightly before 3pm, and were ushered to our seats quickly, a nice 2 seater by the window. The tea selection that came free with the tea set was not very extensive, and hubby decided on Jade Cascade Tea, a decaffeinated green tea blended with tropical fruit, while I went for Holiday In Paris, a white tea blend made from rare Yin Zhen and sweet vanilla. There were more tea selections available with additional charges, but we were happy enough with our tea.
We both decided in the anti:dote tea set, as the only difference between this and the oriental tea set was the first item, and black truffle scrambled eggs sound better than dim sum 😛 Indeed, we were very pleased with our choice, because the very aromatic scrambled eggs were so delicious!
We were very excited when our drawers of goodness came! Right on the top was the sweetness area, with were 8 types of pretty desserts. The top drawer were 5 types of savory sandwiches and pastries, and the middle drawer were the 2 types of scones, and the bottom drawer were the condiments for the scones: Devonshire clotted cream, lemon curd, and strawberry jam.
The tea set was definitely Instagram-worthy, but we have had better afternoon tea elsewhere. Our favorite items were the truffle eggs, smoked salmon with crème fraîche and caviar, and scones. The clotted cream was light, but did not have that oomph factor. In fact, overall the items were not too salty or overly sweet, so pretty good for the health conscious.
We were in for a pleasant surprise, when we were served a slice of tiramisu as hubby’s birthday cake. It was a very nice gesture that was much appreciated!
The tiramisu was way better than the cakes in the tea set actually, as the coffee flavour was spot on.
The tea time was 3 to 5pm, we but could linger on way past 5pm (plus we were eating too slowly). It was a great way to spend our afternoon 🙂