Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Afternoon Delight @ Conrad Centennial Lobby Lounge

There is nothing better in the world than to sit back into cosy, plush cushions and watch the world go by on a lazy Sunday afternoon...

Hubs and I love to hang out at the Lobby Lounge for its cozy atmosphere which makes us feel instantly relaxed. The Lobby Lounge is set amidst marble pillars and with an opulent 24-carat gold leaf ceiling, which exudes elegance. Coupled with low ambient lighting, pretty floral arrangements, and plush seatings, this is an ideal rejuvenating haven to relax, enjoy an afternoon meal and sip various tea blends. There is a choice of sitting on the high-back leather chairs or deep-seat settees.
This was our 2nd visit and we were given the settees this time round. Oooh, I can really fall asleep admist the plush cushions.

Once we were shown to our seats, we were handed the drinks menu to select our choice of tea or coffee. These beverages are included in the afternoon tea. Lobby Lounge served tea from Ronnefeldt and there are 18 varieties in the Tea selection for us to choose from.
Hubs chose Irish Whiskey Cream while I chose the Carribean Summer.

Irish Whiskey Cream falls under the Black Tea selection. It is a malty Assam autumn tea with whiskey and cocoa aroma. It really smells like the real thing, once the tea was poured into his cup.
It makes hubs feel like he is drinking Irish whiskey cream minus the alcohol.

Carribean Summer is one of the Flavoured Fruits Infusions, which is consists  of hibiscus, rose hip peel, apples, pieces of pineapples, mango, papaya, Cornflowers, rose and sunflower parts. This is really a blend of exotic spices and fruits. Very refreshing and light, while sweet and slightly tangy.

The teapot has a separate compartment for the tea leaves and we were told that if we wanted our tea to be strong, we should stand our teapot with the handle at the bottom. If we prefer our tea to be light, then the teapot should be standing with the handle at the top.

 Marinated & Smoked Salmon, Japanese Sushi & Maki Rolls, "Salad Nicoise" with Grilled Yellow Fin Tuna, Selection of premium age cold cuts with picked vegetables

Salad bar and cheese counter
We particularly love the marinated salmon. The sushi was also fresh. The salad bar though was small, it is really decent and I favoured the lemon dressing on my salad. Cheese lovers will be spoilt for choice at their cheese counter. 
 Doubled Boiled Herbal Soup with Chicken Wanton and wolfberry
This is one of our favourite in the cooked section. The soup is really flavourful, while wanton is juicy, full of prawns and chicken. It is just like a giant siew mai, We can't get enough of this.

Braised glass noodle with picked cabbage and shredded duck
The glass noodles is thicker, unlike what we usually see. However, it is kind of bland, with no sign of shredded duck.

 Roasted pumpkin with sundried tomato & toasted pine nuts, caramelized onion with balsamic reduction, Buttered asparagus, Mashed potato
 Healthy Oven-baked Salmon with Teriyaki Sauce
Another of our must-eat. This salmon is oh-so-very fresh and light. The condiments and vegetables at the sides makes a perfect match with the fish, yet not overpowering it.

 Beijing Duck
The skin is crispy but the meat is not oily. You will have to do your own wrap with the egg crepe.
 Grass fed roast beef sirloin with pepper and mushroom ragout
 Lamb, Beef, Chicken Satay
This is another must-try with the pineapple sauce. This is the Chinese way of eating satay, which is a very rare sight now.
Golden fried prawn dumpling & Baked Char siew soh 
Golden fried prawn dumpling is crispy and good, while the char siew soh is quite forgettable as its filling is a tad too little.

Baked Citrus Cheesecake, Orange Chocolate Truffle, Sweet Mango Lasi in shooter
Chocolate Royal Hzelnut Crunch, White Chocolate Crisp
Chocolate Caramels Eclairs, Assorted Fruit Tartlet, Vanilla Créme Brulee
Peach & Dark Cheery Pound Cake (middle), Fruit Sakad with Berries (Jar)
"Croquembouche"  (Crunches in the mouth)
This is really a pleasent surprise. We were not sure what exactly this is, except that it looks like a cream puff with caramel threads on it. But the moment we bite into, baileys cream started oozing out of it. Heaven!
Exotic Fruits
Not many hotels serves such a wide variety of berries - blueberries, raspberries, blackberries. And not forgotting the strawberries were very big and sweet.
Red Velvet with Cream Cheese, Macaroons Selection, Chocolates Pralines & Truffles
Scones - A variety of Orange & Chocolate, Traditional Plain, Raisin, Gouda & Herbs Savoury
Quiche Lorraine, Chicken Curry Puffs, Sundried Tomato Quiche, Chicken & Mushroom Puff
I love scones and these are just decent, not overly fantastic but you can never go wrong by eating with the clotted cream. You will also be spoilt for choice with the variety of jams available.

Cinnamon Churros
Another pleasant surprise! These tasted like traditional donuts or You Tiao with sugar, as hubs prefers to call it. A must try with the Bailey's sauce.
Sandwiches Selection
A service staff will be walking around from time to time with a tray of sandwiches for your selection. We chose the chicken & mushroom and ham & cheese.
Warm Apple Crumble with Vanilla Rum Sauce (Square), Apricot Tart Tatin (Round)

The apple crumble was decent, while apricot tart tartin was a tad sweet for our taste-buds. What we missed most and was looking forward to, was their soufflé when we were here the previous year.

Did I mention the tea is unlimited? We can asked for a change of tea throughout the Afternoon Tea.
We had order 3 more pots of tea :-

Strawberry & Crisp (another of their Flavoured Fruits Infusions) - a delicious blend of ripe strawberries harmoniously combined with yogurt crisps. This is by far hub's favourite tea. Slightly sourish but it doesn't take away the sweetness of the strawberries. A must try if you are a strawberry lover.

Herbs & Ginger (Wellness Tea) - This Ayurvede tea has the powerful freshness that only ginger, lemongrass, liquorices and lemon verbena can give. This tea is either you like it or you don't. I personally love it as I love ginger tea. This is not overly spicy, so I feel it is still acceptable for those who do not dare to drink traditional ginger tea. Good for perky you up if you are feeling tired.

Morgentau® (Green Tea) - A fascinating tea composition with Sencha, flower petals and the subtle fruity flavour of mango and lemon. This tea is really light with a faint mango taste. Good for us, after eating so much.

Service wise, the staff were really attentive and prompt. One of them even took the initiative to help us take a family picture when he saw hubs taking pictures of me with LO.

Overall, we were satisfied with the offerings of the day, despite some hits and misses. In our opinion, the cooked dishes stands out more than the desserts. The Lobby Lounge is really a good, quiet place to unwind, even though it is situated near the main entrance.

Afternoon Delight @ Lobby Lounge
Two Temasek Boulevard, Singapore, 038982

Only available on Saturdays and Sundays
From 1:00pm to 5:00pm
$45++ per person
Reservations is advisable, pls call 6432-7483

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