Back in February, Xi Shi Lounge in the Shangri-La did a Chinese New Year afternoon tea. As it is the year of the horse, guests who were born in the year of the horse would get a complimentary afternoon tea. As a horse, of course I had to go!
It was my first time going to Xi Shi Lounge and I couldn’t help but feel that it was very fancy seeing as it was located inside Shangri-La.
Once inside, we were seated promptly at this high table. The chairs were comfy enough, but because it was so high, it was a little awkward for me to get in and out of. There were other tables but they were already all occupied.
After a short debate, we chose our teas. The selection was quite slim but I was impressed with the beautiful tea pots and plates.
Seeing as it was a Chinese New Year afternoon tea, they incorporated many chinese elements to the menu. I quite liked the BBQ pork brioche bun. Kind of reminded me of those bbq pork buns you get at dim sum places.
The smoked salmon bagel and the curried tofu wrap was pretty standard. My mom quite liked the crispy duck spring roll.
Overall, the afternoon tea was good and I felt the menu was quite creative, but it was nothing special. I think it was $38 per person.
If there wasn’t this deal where I got in for free making it essentially $38 for two, I personally don’t think it would’ve been worth it. For a similar price (or a bit more if you go with the signature service), I would rather go down a block to visit Urban Tea Merchant.
So unless another similar deal like this pops up, I don’t think I will be visiting Xi Shi Lounge for afternoon tea anytime soon.