Thursday, January 26, 2012

Afternoon tea and brunch at Salon de L'Oriental by Mandarin Oriental (CLOSED)

Located at the ground floor at luxury mall, the Emporium, Salon de L'Oriental is a casual dining venue that offers elegant Thai and international fares, high tea, and Parisian desserts and pastries.  It's a nice open space surrounded by water and luscious green surrounding where you can rest at in between a vigorous day of shopping.

If you like everything, or have trouble deciding like I do, try their trio of soup.  It comes 3 cute little tea cups with french onion soup, pumpkin and lemongrass soup, and prawn bisque.  The french onion soup was lighter than I expected.  The pumpkin and lemongrass was unique in its aroma and I don't often come across this mixture.  Lastly, the prawn bisque was comparable to everywhere else.

This picture doesn't do any justice to the crispiness of the vole au vent.  The puff pastry was very flakey while the filling was rich with bisque-like flavour, chunky seafood pieces.  It was served with a side of more fillings, asparagus, and salad greens.

The high tea set is somewhat modest with 4 bite-size sandwiches, 2 scones, 2 jams, and 2 kinds of cakes (coffee and opera).  It's not as elaborate as other places and there is only one set to choose from.  The only difference between the prices is the type of tea you choose. Although I found the tea set to be a bit too mediocre, their cakes are quite tasty.  Perhaps ordering individual pieces would be the way to go.

If you are looking for a mellow atmosphere and a light meal or desserts, Salon would be a good choice.

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