Food Picks: Tea party at The Capitol Kempinski


Tea is a leisurely, indulgent affair at The Capitol Kempinski that stretches over five courses and at least two hours. Served at the hotel's Lobby Lounge from 3 to 6pm every day, each course is paired with a different blend from TWG Tea.

The afternoon starts with a trio of hors d'oeuvres inspired by local dishes – chicken rice arancini, chilli crab quiche and smoked duck with cantaloupe in Thai dressing served in a cornet. These come with Purple Buds Tea, an oolong with a citrus edge.

This is followed by an array of savoury Western tea treats such as smoked salmon and gravlax with sour cream, potato and egg in a brioche bun, and tuna mayonnaise croissant. These are accompanied by a green tea with wild honey called No. 10 Tea.

Next are scones, plain and with cranberries, served with clotted cream, house-made forest berry marmalade and caramelised passion fruit chocolate jam. This is matched with Happy Hour Tea, a decaffeinated green tea with spices.

The sweets continue, with three different flavours of financiers. The last course comprises different tarts, both matched with its own tea.

I was stuffed by the time I reached the pastries. So if you have a sweet tooth, pace yourself.

WHERE: Lobby Lounge, The Capitol Kempinski, 15 Stamford Road MRT: City Hall OPEN: 3 to 6pm daily PRICE: $58 with tea pairing, $78 with tea pairing and two glasses of champagne TEL: 6715-6871


If you are a fan of the prized star grouper, check out the current promotion at Yan, where the chef has come up with three ways to serve a whole fish.

The fillet (below) is sauteed with luffa and egg white. The belly is braised with clam sauce. A hot broth is brewed from the head and bones, and added to Chinese parsley and bits of century egg.


Priced at $168, the Star Grouper Three Ways Recommendations Menu is recommended for four to six persons.

Unless you have the appetite of a bird, this won't be enough to fill you up though. So think about adding on a couple of dishes, like a noodle dish. Or opt for another promotion the Cantonese restaurant is offering, where you get to pick three appetisers for $20.

I like the Wok-fried Carrot Cake With Chinese Sausage And Homemade XO Sauce and Deep-fried Fresh Mushroom With Salted Egg Yolk.

WHERE: Yan, 05-02 National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew's Road MRT: City Hall WHEN: Till March 31 PRICE: $168 TEL: 6384-5585



Yun Nans, which specialises in Yunnan cuisine, is serving a complimentary single portion of chicken soup (above) with night-blooming cereus to fortify every dine-in customer during this coronavirus-stricken period.

The night-blooming cereus, or ba wang hua in Mandarin, is a flower that, according to traditional Chinese medicine, nourishes the lungs and reduces phlegm. Here, it is simmered with chicken to produce a clear-tasting soup.

You can also get the soup delivered at $19.90 plus delivery charges. Add another $14 if you want it in a thermal flask. Each order is enough for up to four persons.

WHERE: Yun Nans, 02-217 Jewel Changi Airport, 78 Airport Boulevard; and 03-07 Westgate, 3 Gateway Drive MRT: ChaRead More – Source