High tea @ Lime

August 25, 2016 in European (cafe) by thywhaleliciousfay

My colleagues and I did a staycation in Sentosa over the weekend. Well… Not exactly weekend since we checked in on Sunday and checked out on Monday. o_O Ha. And our plan was to have hi tea at the hotel after checking out. But that went down the drain when we were told we had to make reservation (for the hi tea) at least 1 day in advance.

Okie, I wasn’t too pleased cause it wasn’t mentioned on their website that we had to. Neither did the staff advise us too when we mentioned we were planning to have hi-tea at their hotel when we were checking in. Oh well… I digress.

And so, we were left stranded at the hotel till 1 of my colleague suggested Lime. And that was a very feasible proposal because PARKROYAL on Pickering was just 4 MRT stops from Vivocity on the North East line. And with that, we headed off to Clarke Quay.

While making our way over, we played safe by calling Lime to make reservation prior to our arrival. And over the phone, we were told there were 2 sets; $38 and $50. With each set meant for 2 people.

My colleagues and I got lucky too, cause apparently it’s an ongoing promotion running till 31 October 2016.

We hurriedly placed our orders for each set in the tele-conversation. The four of us were anxious lah. Cause the daily hi tea was from 3pm to 6pm, and we would only arrive at almost 4pm. We were afraid we didn’t have enough time to drink the free flow of coffee and tea to our hearts’ content. Hahaha. Auntie max.

It’s a 5 to 8 minutes walk from Clarke Quay MRT station. And upon arrival at Lime, my colleagues and I were promptly led to our table after the staff checked our reservation details. However, although the place was pretty empty with only 4 to 5 tables occupied, service was slow. We waited for almost 15 minutes (or longer) before sensing something was amiss. And it took us a while to catch the staff’s attention for us to ask if we needed to have our orders taken, and to place order for our (free flow) drinks. We didn’t think it was weird initially when the staff didn’t take our order after 10 minutes since we placed our order over the phone and the staff knew we had arrived.

The staff went on to say they were in the midst of preparing our food. But frankly, that felt like a cover up. The staff should have informed us (at the very least) that the food will be prepared once we were seated, instead of letting us wait clueless-ly. And! The staff should have also asked us for our choice of tea and coffee first, as we waited for the food.

So yes, there’s only 1 menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4) for the hi tea. The only difference between the $38 and $50 is the additional 2 glasses of alcohol; Prosecco or Rosé. And with that, we started our afternoon tea:-

1) Tiers of Joy (afternoon tea set), $38 per set for 2 (above) comprised of:-

(A) 1st tier (above) – 5 types of finger sandwiches; Tuna, cucumber, ham, egg and salmon. I’ll be honest. I went straight for the wholemeal sandwiches since I try my best to stay away from refined flour when I eat out. So yes, it’s definitely a wise decision to include an assortment of white bread and wholemeal bread. Although I shall make a mental note to self to ask if it’s possible to change all to wholemeal bread. At least for my share. Keke.

(B) 2nd tierOrange-choco tart, raspberry cream puff, mango financier, earl grey brownies, fresh fruit tart.

(C) Top tier (above) – Assorted macarons.


(D) Raisin scones (above) – This was really good! And I noticed not many places serve clotted cream with scones, these days. So yes, I was a very happy girl!

  

(E) Unlimited serving of coffee and tea (above) – For coffee, one could choose single or double espresso, latte macchiato, cappuccino, cafe mocha or just a cup of freshly brewed coffee. Whereas there are 10 types of Gryphon tea to choose from. We initially thought the tea would be served in tea pots. But no, every order of the tea were served in cups. So yes, we could somewhat guess the same tea bag must have been re-used cause when we ordered second round of the same flavour, the tea that was served was visibly lighter in colour. Hmm… My advise would be to start with a cup of coffee before proceeding to try the different tea. We didn’t manage to try every tea flavour of course. You didn’t really need me to say it out loud that our bladders could only hold so much, right? =p

2) Prosecco or rosé wine, + $12 (above) – And with an additional $12, one is entitled to 2 glasses of Prosecco or Rosé wine. Ie, the $50 set.

Would I recommend Lime for their hi tea? Despite the slow service, I would. $38 (without the alcohol) for 2 people is a very decent price!

LIME
3 Upper Pickering Street, PARKROYAL on Pickering, Level 1, Singapore
6809 8899, Website
Overall: 6.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Mon – Sun : 06:30 – 10:30 (Breakfast)
Ambience: 7
Mon – Sat : 12:00 – 14:30 (Lunch)
Value: 8
Sun : 12:00 – 16:30 (Lunch)
Service: 6
Mon – Sun : 15:00 – 18:00 (Afternoon tea)
Mon – Sun : 18:30 – 22:30 (Dinner)