Saturday High Tea
1 Fullerton Square
(+65) 6877 8128
Looking for a Saturday lunch venue that’s conducive to girly chat and lingering? They call it high tea, but as it runs from noon to 4pm it might as well be lunch.
Long famous for its Sunday brunches, Town Restaurant at the Fullerton has a superb view of the river and the passing parade. Its Saturday high tea buffet concentrates on Singaporean specialities. The dim sum includes springy siew mai, wafer-light crispy prawn wontons, little chicken curry-puffs, and carrot cake – not the gooey Western cake, but that local fry-up made with white radish. Yummy Chinese potato salad, beef salad and an excellent duck salad with fresh red chillies jostle with freshly rolled popiah, which you can also have in a bite-sized version.
Indian chef Pinaki Ray from Kolkata oversees a flavoursome chicken curry served with jasmine basmati rice and roti jala (literally “fried net”), and rustles up the best à la minute oyster omelette we’ve tried.
Desserts are of the local variety: mango and pomelo shooters; chendol, a sort of cold soup featuring red beans and sweetcorn; a number of cakes, including an astonishingly palatable durian sponge and an orange and lemon cake full of zesty rind. A scoop of ice cream would have rounded things off nicely.
The buffet costs a reasonable $32 ($10 for children), and includes tea or coffee. It being the weekend, we added on a bottle of Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc from the normal wine-list for about $100.