I'm not usually a fan of buffet, where the pressure to stretch beyond your usual capacity is unavoidable so as to justify the high cost per pax. But when my sis-in-law told me about how sought-after the Weekend High Tea Buffet was at Regent's - a point proven by the long line of reservations, I thought maybe it was time to give my stomach a workout (yes, that is an understatement given that I binge all the time).
The Tea Lounge, tucked at the end of the ground floor by a stretch of full-length windows, was a vision of contemporary cum elegant, English-library look. The choice of the sofa seating to promote cozy, intimate gatherings or the sit-down dining setting for ease of polishing off the spread offered customers options on their preferences to spend a luxurious afternoon there. Live piano music in the background enhanced the ambience further.
The spread wasn't extensively grand but there were a couple of interesting selections that differentiated themselves from the plethora of similar versions in the market. I especially favoured the Scallops and Seared Tuna salad, which was a fantastic starter. The Duck Pate and Caviar made for savoury bites on thin, crisp bread slices.
What is a High Tea Buffet without the cakes, pastries and desserts? This one covered some of the regular favourites. A Waffle and Crepe station was also on stand-by should more carbs be craved. As a Macaron fiend, I was delighted to spot them in their jewelled colours and knew I would wallow in self-regret if I didn't try all of them. The citrusy Lemon was my most-loved and was a decision echoed across our table. Another pet choice was The Dark Chocolate Truffles that possessed bitter and rich depth. Everything was drenched down with sips of hot Rose Bud tea to lift all that sweetness....and possibly, aid digestion at the same time.
Now, will I come back again? I seriously doubt so - a decision primarily due to the lack of choices that resulted in this being an extremely exorbitant tea session. I have to admit though, the environment was perfect for weekend languidness and lazing, along with pals or families. Service was excellent as well, with empty plates cleared and teapots filled in a timely fashion. It was indeed a great way to bust the stress of the earlier work week, even though I will now have to incorporate high intensity cardio exercises in the next one to work off the expanded waistline! *Burp*