Afternoon Tea at The Courtyard, Fullerton Hotel Singapore

Singapore, Singapore
June 2015

While vacationing in Singapore, I thought it was a good idea to do an afternoon tea!  After doing a bit of research, I decided the Fullerton Hotel was the only choice.  The Fullerton Hotel is one of the most important historical buildings in Singapore.  Built in 1928, it has been a post office, Chamber of Commerce, the Inland Revenue Authority, as well as holding a number of other purposes.

The Fullerton Hotel is also across the street from one of the Merlions and across the bay from The Marina Bay Sands complex.

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The Courtyard of The Fullerton is a little misleading in its name.  The Courtyard is located in the atrium of the building, surrounded by shops, enclosed above by a glass ceiling.

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Even though it’s surrounded by shops, there weren’t that many people walking around.  Obviously a pretty casual atmosphere.

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The fact the seating area was separated from the shops by a bamboo screen helped you not feel too exposed.  FullSizeRender_4

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The tea menu was pretty extensive, and of course I wanted to try as many different teas as possible (TWG brand teas).  What we were never told was the fact that they apparently have a 2 choice limit.  You can get more hot water for your tea, but only get to try 2 different teas.  So when I asked for a 3rd choice, I was told about the limit, but was given the 3rd anyways.   Lucky!

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The Courtyard’s menu was pretty interesting with some more traditional items mixed with some distinctly Singaporean options.  Another interesting point was that you could get extras of everything (savories, scones, AND sweets).
*They can accommodate for special dietary needs if you request beforehand.

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Of the savories, the brie and plum jelly on crackers was the best.  The other savories were fine but seemed to have been prepared beforehand.  This meant that they weren’t executed to the best quality.  Of the sweets, the red velvet was my personal favorite.  The creme brûlée was a major disappointment.  The custard was far too hard, and there wasn’t a crust to speak of.

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The scones weren’t the best either if you’re in the mood for real scones.  They were kept warm in a warming plate and tasted a lot like steamed bread, 蒸しパン.  They were also served with cream, instead of clotted cream.

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While it was nice that you could get as much of anything as you wanted, I feel like the quality of the food suffers because of this option.

Overall, it was nice to relax in such a historical building and take a break from the humidity.  Plus, they did have nice flowers!

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Tea 3/5, 2 pot limit, good variety
Food 2.5/5
Atmosphere 3/5
Service 2.5/5
Overall 2.75/5

Fullerton Hotel Singapore
3:00 to 6:00 Monday to Friday
2:00 to 4:00 and 4:30 to 6:00 Saturday and Sunday

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