We scour the island’s bar scene to bring you the new and the noteworthy – it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it. Anthia Chng heads to grand lounge Atlas Bar for their newly launched afternoon tea set!
I first reviewed this spiffy restaurant bar earlier this year, and was completely blown away by its grand Art Deco décor. Adorned with lavish brash plating and murals, Atlas Bar is simply stunning. The incredibly tall ceilings and massive 15-metre gin tower add to the grandeur of the space, too. Housed in Singapore’s very own “Gotham Building”, otherwise known as Parkview Square, the 690-square-metre venue is a hotspot for locals, expats and tourists alike – you’ll need to book in advance if you want a seat!
Grub on this:
The afternoon tea – priced at $52 or $56 depending on the tea you choose – is served in an elegant (and heavy) two-tiered, rose gold stand. A splendid spread of savoury and sweet bites, prepared by executive chef Daniele Sperindio, includes canapes that are nothing like your usual finger sandwiches and scones; here you’ll be treated to fine contemporary delights, including mock truffle raviolo with gorgonzola cheese, and the equally exquisite 5J Iberico Jamon on toast. My favourite from the savoury selection was the éclair with grain mustard mornay and wagyu. Featuring a slice of perfectly cooked beef enhanced with the rich flavour of butter, served atop a mini choux pastry filled with savoury cream, this sublime treat is well worth each calorie.
After starting on savouries, we then moved on to sweets. The madeleines were served just the way we like them – crisp on the sides and fluffy in the middle; paired with a tangy house-made strawberry jam and clotted cream, these French cakes were devoured in seconds. Another stellar execution was the salted caramel bon bon, which exploded with a good dose of molten, salted sugary goodness. Encased in a dark chocolate shell, this delightful morsel was heaven in one bite! We also loved the “gin and tonic”, a refreshing, boozy dessert made of gin jelly with citrus and tonic water.
Wash it down:
Choose from an extensive selection of fine teas from around the world, including Sicilian Blood Orange Pu Erh, a vintage Chinese offering with an Italian twist, or the Himalayan Shangri-La Gold, specially harvested in Nepal. The Atlas Art Deco Blend, a fine black tea incorporating dry gin botanicals, elderflower and yuzu, was light and fragrant with a citrus twist. If you’re looking for something simple and floral, you won’t go wrong with Jasmine Pearls, too. And, if you’re celebrating, you can opt with a glass of champagne for $16.
Atlas Afternoon Tea is available daily, but you’ll need to make your reservation at least 72 hours in advance, as everything is handmade to order!