The Rose Veranda
Shangri-La Hotel, 22 Orange Grove Road
Call +65 6213 4486 or visit www.shangri-la.com.
The husband and I had no hesitation in dumping the shopping, chores and children and sneaking off for high tea at the Shangri-La’s Rose Veranda one Saturday afternoon. The thought of spending a decadent two hours sipping tea and scoffing scones had us giddy with anticipation.
Hailing from Manchester in the North of England, I know a thing or two about a good brew. But nothing prepared us for the 102 premium-blend teas on offer here. These include the signature Rose Veranda tea cocktail, which is a blend of Krug Rosé champagne, rose tea, and Hennessy Private Reserve; a tipple to get you high without the hangover. We sipped on the Chill Out With Herbs tea, a creamy concoction infused with oranges that set the tone for a mellow and carefree afternoon.
High teas are no longer measly bites between meals. The Shangri-La’s buffet is an extensive spread with a choice of first-rate international and local fare including noodles, dim sum, sushi, sashimi, cheeses, carvings, salads and a selection of desserts. Of course, no high tea would be complete without a hearty scone, clotted cream and homemade jam that tastes deliciously wholesome.
The venue recently had a two-million dollar makeover, and we’re relieved to report that the 17-year-old tearoom hasn’t been spoiled by over-exuberance on the designer’s part. It maintains its classical décor, now with a few contemporary touches. Glass chandeliers and antique stained mirrors complete the elegant and chic vibe, while the soothing waterfalls and tropical greenery provide the perfect backdrop for idling away the afternoon.
Weekend and public holiday high tea is from 11.30am to 2.30pm and 3pm to 6pm. $36 per adult, $22 per child.