Options for weekday high-tea seems to be quite limited and we can easily understand why. Simply because the weekend crowd is generally better. Recently, a group of friends decided to meet up over high tea and we went to Open House Restaurant at Grand Park Orchard (former Crown Prince Hotel).
The selection are mostly local delights with some Asian selection. The food spread is quite good with a few stations where the dishes are freshly cooked and served at your table.
The choice of dim sum included siew mai, har gow, char siew bao and black bean pork ribs. The kar gow skin was a little too thick while the siew mai was alright.
The local cuisine section has usual snacks and dishes that we Singaporeans eat at any time of the day. That includes roti prata (Indian pancake), fried carrot cake (oriental pan-fried steamed rice cake in black soy sauce), nasi lemak (Malay coconut rice with otah, salted fried peanut and fried anchovy), chwee kueh (oriental steamed rice cup-sized cake topped with preserved radish), fried chicken wings, curry puffs, samosa and peanut pancake.
There is another section where ala carte dishes can be ordered namely claypot rice (oriental style steamed rice cooked with black soy sauce and Chinese sausage in a claypot), fishhead curry (Indian style way of cooking head of fish with brinjals and spicy coconut milk) and sayur lodeh (Indonesian style vegetable curry that is usually not spicy or mild spicy). Teochew Porridge is also available at the buffet line with braised peanuts and preserved cai xin. Nothing elaborate and fanciful but the key condiments are there.
The cakes and pastries section was a little disappointing. They look quite ordinary and the taste was average. The durian pengat tasted a little sourish.
The black horse, which truly surprised me was this Sichuan Noodles. It was very very good, for someone who enjoys eating food that has vinegar. Spiciness and sourness was just at the right level. The noodles, though it was a little thick, blended well with the hot and sour soup.
On the whole, it was a good place for weekday high-tea. Affordable price with a rather good spread of food. There may also be seasonal credit card promotions. The café staff will be able to advise.
Open House Restaurant
Grand Park Orchard Hotel
270 Orchard Road Singapore 238857
Tel: 6603 8855
Nearest MRT: Orchard Station
Getting there: Walk along the basement of Wisma Atria which connects to Ngee Ann City. Exit Ngee Ann City, cross over to Paragon and then to Grand Park Orchard.
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