The Place There are not many Chinese theme high-teas around in Singapore, so I was really happy to have the chance to head down to PARKROYAL on Beach Road for its oriental high-tea. Located within Si Chuan Dou Hua restaurant, Tian Fu Tea Room is one of the few places which offer Chinese high-tea set in Sinapore as far as we know. With a very strong oriental design, I was already soaked in the oriental high-tea mood the moment I stepped into the restaurant.
The Food From 8 to 22 February 2016, Tian Fu Tea Room will be serving the Reunion Imperial High Tea at $38++ per person, available at all three Tian Fu Tea Room outlets (including PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road and TOP of UOB Plaza) during the Chinese New Year festive season. Each outlet will be serving a different menu.
There will be eight handcrafted dim sum delicacies for the high-tea set, paired with three premium brews. In addition, there will be a customized Yusheng specially prepared for the number of diners in your group. We started with the Prosperity Salmon Yusheng with Crispy Fish Skin, which is one of the special addition for this festive Reunion set.
Next up was the Sliced Duck wrapped with Salted Egg Yolk and Chilled Chong Qing Chicken with Spicy Bean Paste. The Chilled Chong Qing Chicken stood out for me as I love the kick of the spicy bean paste on the palate, truly appetising.
One of the dishes which surprised me is the Fried Rice with Waxed Meat and Matsutake Mushrooms. It is a heavy dish but I couldn’t resist finishing every grain of the fried rice, which was fried to perfect texture without being too greasy.
Other dim sum highlights we tried were the Steamed Sliced Prawn in Black Bean Sauce, Steamed Fish Balls with Black Moss, Pan-fried Glutinous Pancake with Minced Camphor Tea Smoked Duck and Deep-fried Radish Puff with Dried Scallop.
The sweet treats were definitely one of the highlights for me. Imagine Nian Gao being served in Honey Glazed Pastry Puff, you will love this if you are a fan Char Siew Sor.
The Deep-fried Crispy Custard Bun was equally addictive, and I chose to forget how greasy it was. The crispy skin of the bun coupled with the fluid Liu Sha which flowed effortlessly made it all worthwhile.
The Tie Guan Yin 铁观音(Oolong Tea) tea has the effects of aiding digestion and removing greasiness in our system, a perfect brew we needed after all the food. The other tea we tried was the Bi Tan Piao Xue 碧潭飘雪 (Flower Tea), which has a light flavour and is good for relieving tense muscles.
Rants It’s a pity the Reunion Imperial High Tea is only available for a limited time, but we are glad to find out that the normal high-tea set featuring an assortment of dim sum dishes will be an ongoing affair.
Will I Return Again? I love all the dishes served for the high tea, and it was a real surprise how each dish turned out to be consistently good. At $38++ per person, this is one of the most value for money high-tea I had for a long while. It is time to bring my mum here soon.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Tian Fu Tea Room at PARKROYAL on Beach Road
7500 Beach Road
Daily: 2.30pm – 6.00pm
Ranted by The Ranter