If you’ve ever wanted to relive your Jane Austen Fantasies, this would be the place to do it. Fashioned in the style of classical tea rooms of old Europe, Kaiserhaus serves up traditional Austrian food in an elaborate and elegant setting. Classical music fills the air and imported Austrian furniture set the scene of a tea house fit for a king. While Kaiserhaus serves regular a la carte fare, our visit was focused more on their new high tea sets. For the price of $28 you’ll get:
- Two slices of Zaunerstollen (specialty nougat)
- A slice of exquisite home-made cake
- Nussschnecke / Nut Swirl
Selection of FourOrganic Rye Bread Sandwiches
- Coffee or Tea
The sets are typically for two even though I personally thought it’d be comfortable for up to three people.
Zaunserstollen is a specialty nougat imported straight from Austria. Unlike regular nougat, it’s lighter and creamier and it doesn’t stick to your teeth as some nougats do. It’s a handmade recipe from 1905 that includes a praline mixture with wafers, hazelnuts and chocolate. If that sounds good to you at all, you’ll also need to know that Kaiserhaus is the only place in Singapore you’ll be able to get it.
You will also be able to choose a slice of cake or pastry from the counter to top off your high-tea set. The cakes are also made from traditional Austrain recipies and are extemerly unique. If you’re bored with regular tiramisus and black forest cakes, Kaiserhaus might just reinvigorate your appetite for every fat kid’s favorite food. We tried the Raspberry Truffle cake which was extremely indulgent. If you’re unaccustomed to strong flavours in your dessert, you may find it a bit overwhelming and heavy. If you can stomach it though, you’re in for a good time.
I begged to try a slice of the innocuous apple strudel from the bottom shelf as well and I was not disappointed, the flakey pastry was a delight to slice into and the apples were well cooked and pleasantly sweet. But as anyone who has seen the excellent strudel scene in Inglorious Basterds would know you always wait for the cream, which adds a lightness and balances some of the sweetness from the apples.
Kipferl & Nussschnecke / Nut Swirl
Kipferls to Austrians are like what croissants are to the French. This crunchy pastry is a delight to bite into and the Nussschnecke pleases just as much with a crunchy and sweet filling.