A Friendly Christmas Tale

Singapore, 1 October 2014— Let your imagination run wild this festive season with Pacific Marketplace’s new Imaginary Friends Afternoon Tea. Inspired by the characters from Singaporean author Melanie Lee’s whimsical book Imaginary Friends: 26 Fables for the Kid in Us, pastry chefs at Pan Pacific Singapore present 10 charmingly crafted treats that will conjure playful memories of childhood.

Enter the briny deep with Olivia the Overachieving Octopus over Octopus Mirin Quiche with Bonito Flakes. Baked in a fragrant buttery crust, the mirin adds a bright touch to the textured octopus, while the umami-rich bonito flakes leave a pleasant savoury taste that lingers on the palate.

Undecided on her preference between a sushi and a swiss roll, Overachieving Olivia uses her eight multi-tasking arms to fuse both savoury and sweet, conceiving the Seaweed Swiss Roll.  Lightly salted seaweed flakes speck the deliciously moist and fluffy vanilla sponge wrapped around freshly-made buttercream, and the roll is finally packaged in a thin sheet of laver for the perfect presentation.

Lucy the Lively Leek
finds the perfect companion in Greta the Grouchy Grape in Grape and Leek Panna Cotta. The subtle sweet flavour of the leek balances the tangy grapes, introducing delicate flavour dimensions in this light and creamy dessert that melts in the mouth.

Basking in the spotlight is Durian Puff with Spiked Meringue based on Dan the Dowdy Durian Man. The prized bitter-sweet taste of durian puree encased in the buttery, pillowy puffs accentuated by the green durian-infused meringue spikes present a contrast in textures and a refreshing rendition of Singapore’s national fruit.

Imaginary Friends: 26 Fables for the Kid in Us was written by Melanie Lee, a Singaporean lifestyle writer who specialises in travel and heritage, but dabbles in fiction in the wee hours. Her favourite imaginary friend was Janet, a pink water bottle she had when she was eight.

“It’s great to see the characters from Imaginary Friends come to life with these delectable pastries that have been inspired by stories from the book,” says Ms Lee. “In a way, this afternoon tea set provides a unique multi-sensory storytelling experience that is fun, social and yes, imaginative!”

Imaginary Friends Afternoon Tea is available daily from 17 November to 31 December 2014, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Additionally, attend book reading sessions with Melanie on 22 November, 6 and 20 December 2014 at 3:00pm and hear the stories come alive.

For more information about Melanie Lee’s Imaginary Friend: 26 Fables for the Kid in Us, please visit https://www.facebook.com/imaginaryfriendsmph.

Daily, from 17 November to 31 December 2014
Time: 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Price: SGD58 for two adults, inclusive of tea and coffee
Venue: Pacific Marketplace (Level 1), Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039595
Website: pacificmarketplace.sg

For dining reservations and enquiries, please speak with us at +65 6826 8240 or email celebrate.sin@panpacific.com.


  • Blue Cheese and Leek Tart (Lucy the Lively Leek)
  • Cheese Cake with Turkish Delight (Freda the Friendly Froyo)
  • Chucky White Flour Cookies with Orange and Chocolate Chips (Chucky the Clever Calico Cat)
  • Durian Puff with Spiked Meringue (Dan the Dowdy Durian Man)
  • Grape and Leek Panna Cotta (Greta the Grouchy Grape and Lucy the Lively Leek)
  • Mandarin Orange Cupcake (Ming the Morose Mandarin)
  • Octopus Mirin Quiche with Bonito Flakes (Olivia the Overachieving Octopus)
  • Seaweed Scones (Olivia the Overachieving Octopus)
  • Seaweed Swiss Roll (Olivia the Overachieving Octopus)
  • Tea-infused Chocolate Praline (Timmy the Tenacious Teabag)

Prices listed are subject to service charge and prevailing government taxes.

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For media enquires, please contact
Ms Celine Tan
Marketing Executive
DID: (65) 6826 8094
Email: celine.tan@panpacific.com

Ms Dawn Lee
Marketing Executive
DID: (65) 6826 8091
Email: dawn.lee@panpacific.com

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About Pan Pacific Singapore

Located in the heart of Marina Bay with easy access to world-class shopping, Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Central Business District, Pan Pacific Singapore offers 790 contemporary rooms and suites that are ideal for business or leisure. Savour epicurean delights at our award-winning restaurants and bar or rejuvenate at our swimming pool and spa. Pan Pacific Singapore is proud to be named Asia’s Leading Business Hotel by the World Travel Awards from 2006 to 2012, World’s Leading Business Hotel by the World Travel Awards from 2007 to 2010 and 2012, and World’s Leading City Hotel by the World Travel Awards in 2011. The hotel was also a recent winner in “2013 World’s Best Business Hotels” by Travel & Leisure Magazine Readers, Tripadvisor’s 2013 Traveller’s Choice Awards and Certificate of Excellence Awards.

About Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts
Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts comprises 22 premium hotels, resorts and serviced suites (including those under development) across Asia, North America, Oceania and Europe. The “Pan Pacific” brand provides refreshing Pacific experiences inspired by an invigorating blend of its Pacific Rim locations. It is focused on enriching experiences that draw on a diversity of landscapes and cultures; and relevant choices that convey freedom and individuality. Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts has been recognised by Condé Nast Traveller magazine as one of the 25 hotel companies demonstrating social responsibility and has won esteemed accolades such as World Travel Awards, AAA Four Diamond Award, Condé Nast Gold List and Readers Choice Awards. For more information, visit panpacific.com.

About Pacific Marketplace
This gourmet grocery and café provides freshly-made coffees, croissants and pastries, as well as an extensive selection of cakes, chocolates, sandwiches and salads. The hotel’s signature Pan Pacific sausages and other exquisite deli goods are available for purchase here.

About Melanie Lee
Melanie Lee is a lifestyle writer and part-time lecturer whose work has been published in Travel+Leisure magazine, TODAY newspaper and Yahoo! Singapore amongst others. She has also edited several architectural and heritage coffee table books. Imaginary Friends: 26 Fables for the Kid in Us is her first fiction book. She is also the author of the children's book series The Adventures of Squirky the Alien.

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