Of all the Club Metropole lounge offerings, we enjoyed the afternoon tea most. The colonial-era Metropole truly does its French heritage proud, in that their bakers' confectionery was superb.
The various executive club lounge offerings are listed in order of descending preference below.
Afternoon High Tea (from 2.30pm to 4.30pm)
The High Tea had a strong emphasis on confectionery, and we loved just about all of its offerings.
Rose Lychee Cake
Chocolate Mocleux with coffee cream
Green Tea Mousse
Egg & Salmon Sandwich
Nicoise Sandwich - the baguette was dried out, but the tuna mayo was lovely
Ham & Cheese Sandwich, with a pickle atop
Chocolate Pudding with vanilla creme anglaise
Grilled Vegetable Mini Burger - the mini burger buns were rock hard, so we just ditched that and ate just the grilled zucchini
Chocolate Bon Bons
Scones, with strawberry jam and vanilla chantilly
Dry Cake - for something called a "dry cake", it was surprisingly moist and buttery and crumbly.
Green Bean Cake
Seasonal Cut Fruits
Breakfast (from 6am to 10.30am)
The breakfast spread may look significantly less extensive than the hotel breakfast offerings at the Spices Garden, but it's because it's all pared down. Anything served downstairs at the Spices Garden was plated ala carte-style at the club lounge. A big bonus, champagne on Sundays is complimentary at the club lounge breakfast! Now, that's something I'd gladly drag myself out of bed for!
Assorted Cheese - always a crowd pleaser
Champagne, free-flow and complimentary!
The Benedict - while the bread was middling, and the ham uninspired, the eggs were poached perfectly and Hollandaise sauce velvety.
Bacon & Sausages
Grilled Tomatoes, Sauteed Mushrooms, Ratatouille
Baked Beans, Sauteed French Beans, Hashbrowns
Drinks Station, with freshly squeezed juices like green pumpkin & pineapple, tomato & strawberry smoothie, pineapple & banana mixes
Cereals and Milks
Fried Rice with Egg
From the ala carte selection, the Vietnamese Breakfast of Beef Pho - While falling short of the standards offered along the Hanoi streets in the Old Quarter, this was much better than the room service chicken pho. The beef was tender and juicy, and stock restorative.
Bread Counter - the breads at the Metropole were generally dried out and/or rock hard, but I liked that they had vegemite and a lovely mango jam
The other ala carte selections
Asian ala carte menu
Evening Cocktails & Canapes (from 5.30pm to 7.30pm)
Evening bites were mainly cold cuts and smoked seafood. Mostly middling but the cheese platter pretty decent.
Smoked Salmon Fresh Spring Roll
Papaya Salad with beef jerky
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