Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Royal Copenhagen Tea Lounge @ Takashimaya 2
This visit to Royal Copenhagen (It's been a year since the last visit!) was unplanned for, TWG was the initial choice but due to their "No Photography" rule, the group of foodies canned the plans. I was really looking forward to TWG though.
Despite being way past the regular lunch hour, the place was packed with people and there was a steady stream of people queuing up! The most enjoyable thing of going in groups is, you get to pick nearly most of the menu and behaving like a loaded tai-tai in a branded store. Imagine this scenario, "I want all of that except this." which was actually what happened
Loving the bright pink menus!
The defining moment...
The plates that the cakes were all jammed into, we did the honours of lifting them off gingerly thereafter!
Just a little musing, heading out with floggers means time is not an essence, nobody grumbles or hides "tsks" under breaths..and well, you snap as much as you want freely. At the expense of a melting sorbet, as pictured beneath!
Assiette of Citrus, $11.90
Citrus almond sponge pudding, lust sorbets on orange tulip basket, custardy lemon slices and citrus salad
The honey date pudding was once signature has found itself completely erased from the memory of RC's menu. Replacing it is Citrus Pudding. Of the lot, the presentation wins hands down.
The citrus almond sponge pudding resembled a souffle whose black specks created quite a buzz. Unfortunately, its coarse texture and finishing was not a favourite of mine. My favourite starts henceforth. The lemon sorbet was refreshing with the citrus salad, clear palette cleansers! The almond cake was quite like a semolina cake, with way better texture than the pudding and loved the whole melt in your mouth works. A common consensus that 2/3 of the dessert was more memorable than the pudding.
RC Signature Scones, $7.90
With whipped cream, butter and Danish fruit jams
Portions wise, I was disappointed. The scones were not extradinary, more bread like than buttery fluff that was expected. The jam was lip smacking good, however.
Cranberry Almond Cake, $5.50
Orange Pound Cake, $5.50
My vote goes to both for the zesty flavours. The kind you'd expect at an English Tea set and both did not disappoint. Velvety smooth cakes with cranberries or orange essence injected, spelling a double love here!
Almond Meringue Cream Butter Cake, $5.50
Another too moist cake whose selling edge would be the custard studded with vanilla bean speacks and way too soft meringue layer.
Danish Buttercake, $5.50
Doubly yums with the vanilla specked custard and buttery cake combination, surprised that it was not soggy at all.
The Mudslide Royale, $5.50
In simple terms, chocolate overload with a fudge topping and dense chocolate cake with oreo bits. Too many flavours fighting for attention. I wish there was more cake in this though.
Cream of Layer, $5.50
Layers of moist chocolate cake with peach slices and strawberries to top. The cake tasted quite like Lana's.
Banana Loaf, $5.50
Perhaps if the fork started with this first, the dissonance would not have been half as bad. I figure the sugar dusted walnut on top made it look better than just a banana cake. RC's rendition is not near Bengawan Solo's Banana cake, it's leaning more towards The Handburger's "Warm Sticky Banana Cake". The kueh like consistency could not find a fan in any of us.
Upside down Pineapple Carrot Cake, $5.50
Too moist for me, infact. Pineapples, raisins and carrot were the major ingredients used, looked quite like a chendol kueh! This did not strike me as a cake per se, more kueh.
8 slices of cakes and 2 sweet indulgence picks of the menu...I left Royal Copenhagen stuffed and pleased to try almost all the desserts. For the vanilla bean fanatics, RC easily pleases. RC's quite the place for a sit down leisurely tea with pretty plates and fruity iced water, if you disregard the snaking queues and hustle and bustle of the waiters. A revisit may be on the cards soon.
Special thanks to the following calorie embracing fellow friends that I made for making the outing so enjoyable;
Harris @ The Simplest Aphrodisiac
Kaelyn @ The Food Sirens
Daniel and Lay Sian @ Food Memoirs
Justin @ j2k3