It’s almost weekends and time for great food and catching up with friends. Many will choose to catch up over afternoon tea with decadent cakes and desserts. Antidote at Fairmont has introduced a pretty afternoon tea set at $50 per person.
Antidote is located at the first level of Fairmont and has an open access to the hotel reception. The environment is very cosy and dimly lit to create a relaxing atmosphere. The seats are all huge sofas or armchairs with plush cushions.
The afternoon tea is pretty popular and you have to make reservations beforehand. The set comes with a starter where you get to choose between an organic poached egg or fresh crab meat. There is also a fixed array of both savoury and sweet items.
The organic poached egg sits on a bed of truffle cream with cauliflower bits and crispy crumbs. The mix of taste is pretty interesting but taste wise, apart from the egg and truffle, you can’t really taste the other ingredients layer. It’s pretty much an upgraded version of your local half boiled egg
The fresh crab meat came prettily set in a plastic egg shell container amidst a sea of hot stones. The crab is sitting on slow cooked egg and topped with a pinch of cavier. The egg tasted a lot like scrambled egg while the crab and cavier is fresh and sweet.
The rest of the items came in this cute pretty leather tiered box with drawers.
The top lever is filled with saccharin goodies.
The first drawer is filled with savoury sandwiches and buns
A bunch of fresh scones sits in the 2nd drawer
The last drawer holds the clotted cream,jams and butter for the scones as well as some nicely packed biscuits for you to bring home.
The set comes with a choice of tea or coffee.The tea selection is quite extensive with many premiums blends from TWG tea.
The pastries are quite mediocre and as finely made as they look. Most of the items are either too sweet or too bland for the savoury items.
There are a couple of items like the smoked salmon and ikura roll which is pretty nice, while the home made duck rillette and the mash potato tart are quite palatable. My overall verdict is that Antidote makes better savoury items than sweet treats and the afternoon tea sells more on the atmosphere and food presentation than the taste.
Separately, they do serve some pretty kick ass cocktails like this monkey shoulder whisky cocktail.
Address: Level 1, 2 Stamford Road, 178882
Operating hours: 7.30 am to 2 am