Sunday, November 4, 2018
The Lobby Lounge @ Intercontinental Singapore - Launches A Chocolatey Afternoon Tea Experience This Festive Season
This festive season, The Lobby Lounge introduces their new Classic Afternoon Tea: Checkmate available from 1 November 2018 to 31 January 2019. Gaining inspiration from the classic board game of chess, the luxurious afternoon tea set consists of 6 chocolate-based chess pieces set atop a chess board - an ingenious creation by Intercontinental Singapore's pastry chef Ben Goh in collaboration with world-renowned premium chocolate manufacturer Valrhona's Master Pastry Chef Brice Konan-Ferrand.
"The King" features whipped valrhona orelys blond chocolate ganache, pear confit abd cinnamon sponge. "The Pawn" features a valrhona almond inspiration ganache, sweet caramel panna cotta and apricot compote. "The Bishop" is a valrhona kidavoa chocolate mousse, with lime cremeux and pistachio glaze. Each of these exquisite pieces are crafted by Pastry Chef Ben Goh, with an excellent execution of presentation and flavours in each.
Crafted by Varlhona Master Pastry Chef Brice Konan-Ferrand, the other 3 delicate pieces are nothing short of incredible as well, with each infused with fruity flavours such as passionfruit, raspberry and coconut. "The Queen" features Passionfruit inspiration cremeux, raspberry confit and almond sponge. "The Rook" is a valrhona strawberry inspiration meringe mousse, crushed lemon confit and lemon streusel. "The Knight" comes in a sakanti bali cuvee 68% dark chocolate namelaka, coconut dacquoise, dark chocolate streusel and whipped opalys white chocolate ganache. The subtle sourness from the fruit flavours is a perfect marriage with the bittersweet chocolate, providing a balance in the desserts that is non too cloying to the tastebuds.
The impressive chocolatey experience does not end with the desserts but extend to an even greater variety of savouries served on a 3-tier stand as well. The various savoury items sees an unique incorporation of the chocolate element which surprisingly works well together. Relish in the Salmon gravlax with white chocolate chantilly or the pimento and chive cream cheese wholemeal sandwich with generous lashings of the savoury Xocopili 72% dark chocolate shavings.
The highlight is the foie gras magnum coated witha thin crisp layer of chocolate and almond pieces. With an exterior that resembles the ordinary ice cream dessert, a bite into this unique item reveals a savoury creamy foie gras beneath the bittersweet chocolate coating.
Other savouries include the Crab Tartlet with Wasabi Tobiko and Ikura, Turkey Ham and Chestnut Quiche, as well as the Mushroom and Duck Confit Vol-au-vent.
The special themed high tea is accompanied by a live station as well, where customers are able to enjoy unlimited servings of a la minute crepes paired with Jivara milk chocolate ice cream and guanaja sherbet. Complete an indulgent high tea experience at The Lobby Lounge with a flute of Tattinger Brut Champagne.
Note: Classic Afternoon Tea: Checkmate is available at The Lobby Lounge from 1 November 2018 to 31 January 2019 from 2 to 5pm daily. The set is priced at S$88 for 2 pax, inclusive of a fine selection of loose-leaf teas and coffee, and set at S$138 for 2 pax, inclusive of a half-bottle Tattinger Brut Champagne (375ml) and a fine selection of loose-leaf teas and coffee. For reservations, please visit TheLobbyLounge.sg, email interContinental.Dining@ihg.com or call +65 68251008.
Photos and words by Crystal. A girl who likes to eat, photograph, and write about food, and dreams about travelling around the world one day. Note: This is an invited tasting.
The Lobby Lounge
80 Middle Road
Tel: +65 68251008
Nearest MRT: Bugis (EW Line, DT Line)
Daily: 2pm - 5pm
1) Alight at Bugis MRT station. Take Exit C. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]