Food Review: D9 Cakery at Hilton Singapore, Orchard Road | One of the most value for money High Tea Buffet in town
The Place We have walked past the lobby of Hilton Singapore a couple of times before and we couldn’t help but steal a few glances at the cakes at D9 Cakery. Finally, the hotel’s D9 Cakery at its lobby has a new Saturday High Tea concept launched since last March, aptly coined ‘Hilton Endless Saturday High Tea’ which boasts a pretty good spread lined up from D9 Cakery all the way to the space at Opus Bar & Grill. In terms of the space and seating, you can opt for the tables inside Opus Bar & Grill or simply sit back at the cosy and comfy sofa seats at the bar section.
The Food Most high teas are overpriced in Singapore. When we found out that Hilton Singapore has launched a new Saturday High Tea at D9 Cakery, we didn’t harbour high expectations. We were glad the experience turned out to be quite overwhelming. At S$41++ per person, we concluded that this must be one of the most value for money high tea in Singapore at the moment. There is a good mix of savoury and sweet treats (we’ll get to that shortly), in addition to the unlimited servings of TWG Tea selections (there are ten flavours available such as Darjeeling, Chamomile and Earl Grey) or coffee options.
Our top picks from the savoury food corner are the local delights such as Laksa and Satay. The laksa here is prepared a la minute, and you get to add your own ingredients such as prawns, fish cake slices and quail egg as you deemed fit. I love the laksa broth, which was rich and flavourful.
The satay choices we spotted are Chicken and Lamb, both done till very tender texture and went well with the thick satay sauce.
The Dim Sum selection is not huge, but will suffice for high tea. Expect the usual Siew Mai, Har Gow and Custard Bun which are all quite decent in terms of standards.
If you love cheese, one highlight is the à la minute Swiss Raclette melted cheese station. We observed that Swiss Raclette has been trending in Singapore since last year in the most random fashion, all thanks to Instagram. This is where you can do your live videos. That aside, the cheese is best complimented with the plain white bread of potatoes.
Other savoury dishes to expect include the freshly baked Vanilla and Raisin scones with clotted cream, pulled pork sliders, croque monsieur, roasted chicken tortilla wrap, vegetable quiche, Portuguese egg tart and pork curry bun.
The desserts here are a different ballgame altogether. At the entrance, it is a six-meter showcase of sweet treats. My favourite is the wide array of macaron flavours, which was surprisingly on point in terms of its texture and sweetness. The cake and tarts selections are pretty amazing too, from the likes of Matcha Azuki, Chocolate Fudge to Lemon Meringue tart and artisanal chocolate pralines. The signature Hilton cheesecakes are highly raved too, with four flavors of classic American, blueberry, caramel, pecan and maple. In general, there is good quality control across most of the ones we tried.
Other highlights of the dessert section are the Teppanyaki ice cream station and Lemon Chocolate fondue.
Rants There is always room for improvement. We thought that it would be good if the savoury selection include some grilled meats or beef in some form, since it is the forte of Opus Bar & Grill.
Will I Return Again? We were generally impressed with the quality of the offerings at D9 Cakery. For its price, this is one of the most value for money high tea buffet currently. If you have been thinking about trying a new high tea in town, here it is.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Lobby Level, Hilton Singapore
581 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 6730 3392
Hilton Endless Saturday High Tea at D9 Cakery
1st seating: 12pm to 2.30pm
2nd seating: 3pm to 5pm
S$41++ per person with free flow of coffee and TWG tea. Additional S$35++ for free flow sparkling wine, selected beer, white and red wines.
S$21++ per child (aged 5 to 12 years old) / Children below the age of five dine for free.
Ranted by The Ranter