It’s been awhile since I published a food review post as I’ve been watching my diet and trying my best to prep my own meals instead of eating out.
Recently, my primary school pals asked me out for an afternoon tea at Grand Hyatt Singapore hotel. And I just can’t say no to that – especially not for the fact that they wanted to have a nice meal to celebrate my upcoming wedding celebration. I guess I could just treat it as a cheat meal.
The post-pandemic buffets here in Singapore are all à la carte or served à la minute since we have to practise social distancing and good hygiene. In addition, we have to call and reserve in advance for a table at a specified timing.
Afternoon Sessions at 10 Scotts
There are two afternoon tea sessions – one at 12pm and the other at 2.30pm. We went for the earlier slot and thankfully, the place wasn’t too pack with diners. They were mostly ladies (like us) who gather for cakes and pastries over fine tea.
It’s my first time here at 10 Scotts and I only remembered vaguely walking pass here several times, near the Hotel lobby area on Level 1 and thinking how classy this place was. I knew that it was the hotel’s executive lounge but I did not know that it also houses a buffet space for the public to dine.
Why 10 Scotts? Like most establishments, this place is named after its address. Yes, this place is literally at 10 Scotts because Grand Hyatt is located at 10 Scotts Road.
Living the ‘Tai-tai’ life
I was there rather early. You could say that I was excited about the afternoon tea buffet because I haven’t experience Tai-tai life in quite a while. Just in case if you did not know, ‘Tai-tai’ is Chinese collouqial term for wealthy married ladies who do not have to work. The Tai-tai life is deemed as the ideal lifestyle for many women here in Singapore.
Cosy Log Cabin interior
Upon entering, I was led into the dining area, passed the library or the executive lounge for the guests staying at Grand Hyatt. The dining area is warmly lit and radiates a cosy homely vibes. It was furnished with wooden furnitures and wall finishings which reminded me of those log cabins in Europe and America.
The table set-up is simple. Alcohol hand wipes are provided at every table and all the cutlery are covered with the napkins.
There are several seating spaces with cushioned seats. I chose a spot near the windows overlooking the lush garden with a cascading waterfall at the Terrace Wing.
The Afternoon Tea Spread
We had the afternoon tea set ($55++) which does not come with alcohol. They serve a variety of savoury and sweet dishes in small portions, along with fine teas by Monogram.
They served everything on the menu and you can order similar dishes again if you would like to have more of it. The teas are unlimited and you can try any tea in the menu. We would highly recommend that you try the Gold Moscato Oolong tea because it is a sparkling tea with glittered tea leaves!
12 savoury items and 1 dessert stand
Their staff brought everything all at once – starting with the organic salad and other appetisers like the soup of the day, prawn cocktails and toasted crumpets. Subsequently, they served us the meat-based dishes.
You can check out the menu right below. Do note that this menu is subjected to changes. During my visit, I noticed that a couple of the dishes below were replaced with other dishes or substituted with other ingredients.
Each of us have one set of menu items to ourselves and boy, it was a lot of food and we could not finish some of them.
I would actually prefer them to serve a few dishes at a time because some of the food went cold after a while.
Overall, I would say that the food is pretty decent. Some are great and some are not so fantastic. It was rated 4.1/5 on Google Reviews and I give it a similar rating too. I’m all about Google Reviews these days because they are accurate to a certain extent.
Below are some of the dishes part of the afternoon tea set.
Cheese with Crispy Rye bread
Toasted Crumpets with Cornish Clotted cream, Raspberry Jam, Kaya Jam and Yarra Valley Caviar
Tartine with Olive Tapenades, Tuna and Serrano Ham
Organic Salad with Balsamic Dressing
Soup of the day
This soup wasn’t reflected in the menu and if I’m not wrong, it should be lobster or crab bisque.
Assorted Savoury items
On the plate, we had Crispy Vegetable Curry Puff, Caramelised Onion Tart and a roll stuffed with fish and salmon. Likewise, it is another item which is not reflected in the menu. Perhaps it is served in replacement of other dishes.
10 Scotts Dessert Stand
The afternoon tea session ended off with their dessert stand featuring several sweet delectables like chocolates, macarons and some fruits. The desserts weren’t too impressive or anything like that but it was pretty okay. Honestly, it would have been great if they serve some cakes or fruit tarts, for instance.
And that’s it folks! Though ambience is great and food is decent, I probably would not head back there again. I’m always on a hunt for exceptional food and meal experiences.
Most important of all, I get to enjoy this tea session with two of my favourite people on earth. I love them to bits!
À La Minute Afternoon Tea Buffet
1st seating – 12:00pm – 2:30pm, daily
2nd seating – 3:00pm – 5:00pm, daily
$88++ per adult (alcohol)
$55++ per adult (non-alcohol)
$35++ per child (aged 4 – 12 years)
Address: 10 Scotts Rd, Grand Hyatt, Singapore 228211