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Address: Level 1, Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road, 189560
13 Jul 2014

great experience!

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innovative cocktails, wonderful creative molecular cuisine! great experience at antidote and would definitely be back to try more! hopefully their menu changes with time!
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At the lobby of Fairmont Singapore, there is this restaurant called Anti:dote well known for its bar. But do you know it also served tea set?

The restaurant offers 2 types of tea sets : The Anti:dote Tea and The Oriental Tea which costs $45++, and comes with a choice of tea from a selection of TWG tea. Both tea sets are similar except that The Anti:dote Tea has The Anti:dote black truffle scrambled eggs, while The Oriental Tea serves a selection of steamed and fried Hong Kong Dim Sum. There is also Children Tea set ($15) but need to pre-order in advance.

For tea,

Tibetan Secret
An exclusive green and black blend
As dramatic and uplifting as the Himalayan plains, this remarkable delicate TWG black tea is blended with sweet fruits and spicy overtones to soothe and revive the spirit.
It tastes slightly gingery spicy.

Holiday In Paris
An exclusive white blend
Rare Yin Zhen and sweet vanilla have been blended as an ode to a leisurely promenade along the cobblestone streets of Paris. Nard and wild flowers decorate this cup with their crisp, floral flavour and leave a heady, perfumed aftertaste.
It tastes rather light with a slight flowery taste.

For The Anti:dote Tea set,
The Anti:dote black truffle scrambled eggs is served in black colored egg shell look alike cup, with soldiers by the side. The scrambled eggs smell of truffle and tastes creamy and rich.

For The Oriental Tea set,
There is pan fried carrot cake which looks slightly over fried as it is a bit too char. The inside is a bit too soft.
There is also the fried shrimp fritter which is filled with juicy shrimps. Have it with the delicious chilli sauce.
For steamed, there is Siew Mai topped with a piece of juicy scallop.

The tea set is beautifully served in box with 3 layers of drawers with different items in each drawer.

From the bottom drawer, there is Butter Cookies, Homemade Strawberry Jam, Devonshire Clotted Cream, and Lemon Curd.
The butter cookie is melt in the mouth with a milk powder taste.

In the middle drawer, there is the pipping Warm Raisin and Candied Ginger Scones.
The ginger scone is not overpowered by the ginger, just a hint of it. It tastes very nice with just the rich clotted cream and slightly tangy lemon curd.

In the top drawer, there is
Smoked salmon, lemon and dill cream cheese, ikura roe,
Boston lobster roll, confit lemon, chervil,
Iberico ham quiche, mozzarella, black truffle,
Confit duck rillette, foie gras terrine, pickled onions,
and Coronation curried chicken, apple.
Surprisingly my favourite item here turns out to be the plain looking quiche which quite a nice taste of the truffle.

On top of the drawer, there is
Strawberry gateau,
Limoncino Napoleon,
Cappuccino comtessa,
Framboise lychee macaron,
Red cherry rose ball,
Karukera chocolate mirror tart,
Chocolate pralines, and
Chocolate-dipped strawberry.
Unlike the usual macarons with over the top sweetness, the one here is not too sweet with a melt in the mouth texture.


Award Winning Antidotes At Anti:Dote

Full Anti:Dote review here:

The resident hotel bar of The Fairmont Singapore hotel, in Raffles City, Anti:Dote bar is a stylish, modern, bespoke cocktail bar, located at the ground floor lobby of the hotel. Helmed by award-winning mixologists / bartenders Tom Hogan and Bannie Kang, Anti:Dote bar, which opened in January 2014, offers more than just creative cocktails, but surprisingly decent bar food and high tea, all in a sleek, sophisticated setting.

Ambience at Anti:Dote bar is modern, classy, sleek, and sophisticated. With a colour theme of black and gold, comfortable and plush seats, clean lines, Peranakan batik print motifs, and the open show kitchen, Anti:Dote bar offers a lot to look at, beyond the good-looking folks! The beautiful 26,000-piece crystal chandelier and fully-stocked liquor display is eye-catching, and lends a touch of luxury.

Service at Anti:Dote bar is efficient and professional, as befits its classy feeling. Staff are quick to greet and seat guests, and have basic working knowledge if asked about cocktails, drinks, or food. The menu cards are informative and detailed, though the low ambient lighting makes reading slightly difficult. Staff do take off-menu requests, if you know what you want, the bar will attempt to recreate it!

Food at Anti:Dote bar mostly consists of modern, contemporary light bar snacks / tapas, and desserts, both Western and Asian style. Portions are designed for sharing. And while Anti:Dote bar has various types of liquor, the stars here are their creative, hand crafted, award-winning cocktails, made with fresh ingredients, some of which are from their very own herb garden! Prices are comparable to other bars, budget about SGD $55 per person for 2 drinks and a snack.

For the Hwa Chae Cocktail (SGD $23), Bannie Kang has drawn inspiration from the traditional South Korean fruit punch. Her version is made with Bacardi Carta Blanca rum, lemon, maple syrup, pineapple juice, watermelon, and beer! The result is a light, fruity, refreshing, and thirst quenching beverage; sweet and fruity in taste, yet complex with the malty, smooth fusion of rum and beer. With no bitterness and no lingering alcohol burn, this works both as an apertif / starter, or as a dessert beverage.

The Corpse Reviver #2 Cocktail (SGD $23) is fruity and refreshing cocktail, made with absinthe, gin, home made orange liqueur, lemon juice, and home made vermouth, topped with orange peel and a sprig of rosemary from their in-house herb garden. This aptly named concoction is a great starter cocktail, perking up the palate, and pairing surprisingly well with the dishes here!


Nice Place to Chill

Anti:Dote offers a hip bar with cocktails of various strengths in a cozy setting that makes an ideal place for having some tapas and drinks after that long day in the office.

At a recent visit, I tried several cocktails but the one that stood out for me was the Hwa Chae, a watermelon cocktail with bacardi and stout which is in the running for this year's barcardi competition. (This one got my vote)

Light chill music, great drinks - ideal for that hot date or the catch up with friends.

Some of the best cocktails are found here!

After combing the island for good cocktail bar, i must say that Anti:dote has some of the best cocktails in Singapore! not the cheapest. but definitely one of the best top 5 in my opinion.

the food is average at best, and their truffle XLB has inconsistant quality... 

go for the cocktails and leave happy!

Unique experience

Full review:

Have always wanted to check out Anti:dote for it's unique high tea experience, where pastries and sweets are presented in an exquisite white leather-clad jewellery drawer chest. It is probably the most classy and style afternoon tea you can find in town. There are 2 afternoon tea sets on the menu to pick from - Anti:dote Tea Set or the Oriental Tea Set, both priced at $45++ each. Since there were the 2 of us, most of the item comes in pairs. The top deck consist of petite desserts, such as  Strawberry gateau, Limoncino Napoleon, Cappuccino comtessa, Framboise lychee macaron, Red cherry rose ball, Mini cheese cake, raspberry jam, Chocolate pralines and Chocolate-dipped strawberry. Petite sandwiches include lobster roll, confit duck etc. My favorite pick among these were the Iberico ham quiche with black truffle. It was good with a blend of truffle and the iberico ham gives an extra boost in flavour. 

No doubt it was a great experience to delight in an indulgent afternoon tea at Anti:dote Lounge. This is probably the most interesting afternoon tea concept in town and of course it comes with a price of $45++ per adult. It's an ideal chill out location over pastries and tea, like an escape from the hectic work.