Angelina Tea Room @ Capitol Piazza – Hot Chocolate Still As Good But…
The newly revamped Capitol Piazza is definitely shaping up nicely, with more interesting cafes and restaurants opening. I have visited Dazzling Cafe, and last weekend, I dropped by Angelina Tea Room for high tea with my friends.
For more than a century, Angelina Tea Room has been a landmark for gourmet Parisian cakes and pastries. This brand has finally arrived in Singapore, serving the famous hot chocolate drink and Mont Blanc cake, whose recipes have been a well-guarded secret for centuries.
It’s not surprising that Angelina’s hot chocolate ($12) is one of the best in Paris because Paris is a haven for chocolate lovers and if you don’t do it well, you generally cannot survive there. It’s still as good, using three kings of African cocoa from Niger, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, their rich chocolate mix has an exceptional taste and flavour. To add to this treat, fresh whipped cream is served on the side.
As for their Mont Blanc ($13.50), which combines meringue, light whipped cream and chestnut paste vermicelli, this recipe is Angelina’s famous trademark pastry since 1903. It’s kinda disappointing here and absolutely not comparable to the one in Paris. The chestnut puree is just not fresh. You know how it’s like for other Mont Blanc right? The soft puree is usually piped beautifully to form a mountain. But here, it’s sticky and sweat, and felt like the chestnut cream has been stamped onto the cream. When I asked the waitress, I was told that all pastries are made in their Paris kitchens and air-flown directly to Singapore. Unfortunately, the freshness and quality seems to be compromised.
What seems to last better is their Paris New-York ($13) – Angelina’s reinterpretation of the Paris-Brest, in which the pecan replaces the praline. The choux pastry is light and buttery, filled with pecan praline light cream and crunchy pecan praline heart.
Besides pastries, Angelina also serves a range of snacks and mains which the waitress assured me that it’s made in Singapore’s kitchen, hence the menu may vary from the ones in Paris. Some of the recommendations include traditional crusted onion soup, truffled mushroom omelette and mushroom risotto. Brunch menu is available till 2.30pm on weekdays and weekends.
Despite the elegant and sophisticated interior, the place is rather cramped and I felt quite claustrophobic sitting at a corner, sharing a small little table with two of my other friends. With only two plates of cakes on our table, there was even not enough space for our teapots and we have to place it on another table. Can’t imagine if we were to order their mains.
Angelina Tea Room
Address: #01-82, Capitol Galleria, 15 Stamford Road, Singapore 178906
Opening hours: 11am to 9pm daily
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