On a rare day off on a weekday, C and I decided to play pretend tai-tai and indulge in afternoon tea at Alkaff Mansion.
There were hardly any online reviews on Alkaff Mansion’s weekday afternoon tea and we weren’t sure what to expect. But it was really good! And I would rate it above some of the more popular high teas in town. It is also very reasonably priced at $26++.
First up, choice of teas. This was easy for me; I always stick to boring earl grey. C was more adventurous with her yuzu and pear choice. There were about 10-12 Gryphon teas to choose from.
We started off with warm raisin scones. I really like it that they were warm. There was a slight hint of saltiness which contrasted nicely with the sweet raisins. They were nice on their own but we also lathered on the accompanying Chantilly cream and jam.
The pastries and savouries were served on a three-tier stand. Taking photos was rather challenging as the upper tiers were casting shadows so do pardon the photography in this post.
I usually prefer high teas served buffet style so I can have a free rein but the spread here was varied enough to leave me very contented.
Starting from the bottom tier of savouries – there were salmon sandwiches, egg mayonnaise with bacon on toast, foie gras with pear compote on pancakes, beef burgers and skewers of ham with pineapple (C stole one before I took this photo :)).
Green tea tarts, meringue with raspberry, brownies and shortcakes with strawberry sat pretty on the middle tier.
The “icing on the stand” were the lychee and rose macaroons, which coincidentally is my all-time favourite flavor of macaroon (or in fact, of any sort of cake or pastry).
Also very coincidentally, a relative of mine is the restaurant manager and she offered us an additional platter of the chef’s specials. Thanks, Aunty M, we really appreciate it!
I would highly recommend this for a weekday indulgence!
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Weekday Afternoon Tea: 1130am-330pm (Mon-Fri)