The Best Afternoon Tea Experiences in Singapore
This story was first published February 5, 2020, and updated on April 13, 2021.
Additional reporting by Andrea Saadan.
The tradition of afternoon tea has become ingrained in our culture since it was brought over by the British ages ago. But that’s not a bad thing, especially in our food-obsessed nation because we get to indulge in bite-sized delights such as finger sandwiches, scones and jam to tide us over before dinner. Even better, you can wash these down with aromatic hot tea, fizzy cocktail or even a super shake.
If you’re ready to partake in this grand tradition, here are some places to go for traditional bites, champagne and more.
1/7 Raffles Hotel Singapore
Part of The Grand Dame’s offerings is the afternoon tea, available daily at the Victorian era-inspired lobby. The highlight is still the classic three-tiered silver stand brimming with scones, homemade rose petal jam, finger sandwiches and beautiful desserts crafted by executive pastry chef Tai Chien Lin.
Fall in love with Tai’s seasonal pastries, too, a new addition that pays tribute to the hotel’s rich heritage. Depending on the day and the seasonal ingredients available, you might just tuck into the Sakura-inspired confections such as sakura strawberry eclair, sakura ice cream monaka and Japanese omelette with ikura.
Choose to pair these luscious bites with a glass of Billecart-Salmon Champagne, a cup of tea or even coffee that's made with coffee beans exclusively blended for the hotel.
2/7 Brasserie Les Saveurs
Be spoilt for choice at the French restaurant’s afternoon tea with its extensive selection of sweet and savoury bites. There's no better way to start than with the St. Regis scones which are delightfully served warm alongside the usual accompaniments of clotted cream and jam.
This makes for the perfect start to more delectable eats, among which are the bite-sized sandwiches such as beef pastrami and onion jam tea sandwich slathered with Dijon mustard and chicken caesar roll. Save space for the desserts and you won't regret tucking into the likes of dark chocolate tart (which is made with 70 per cent dark chocolate), red berry shortcake and St.Regis macaron. The set comes with freshly-brewed tea or coffee, but feel free to top up to enjoy the Barons de Rothschild Brut NV Champagne.
3/7 Conrad Centennial Singapore
Sakura season is in and what better way to welcome "Spring" in Singapore than a cherry blossoms-themed afternoon tea experience? The assortment of dainty and bite-sized treats are almost too pretty to eat.
For the Sakura Afternoon Tea menu at Conrad Centennial Singapore's Lobby Lounge, expect savoury delights such as smoked salmon, sakura cheese, spiced avocado mousse on savoury eclair and sweet treats like classic English scones as well as sakura-flavoured scones, mont blanc, red velvet tea cakes and more. The set comes with free-flow barista-made coffee and tea. If you are in the mood for some booze, unlimited house champagne, house wines and sparkling rosé are also available for an additional fee. The Sakura Afternoon Tea menu is available now until May 2, 2021. Following this, the Lobby Lounge will continue to serve its signature afternoon tea menu.
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4/7 Regent Singapore
The afternoon tea tradition started in England, and the culinary team pays tribute to its birthplace with the Spring Tea theme. At the Tea Lounge, you won’t only feel like you’re in an English countryside (thanks to a lush greenery backdrop), you’ll be able to dig into classic afternoon treats, too, served in a three-tiered afternoon tea stand.
Start off with seasonal quiches as well as mini tea sandwiches, including the mimosa sandwich served with a dollop of avruga caviar and roasted Angus beef enhanced with English mustard and black truffle. Desserts are also a sweet affair with options like the decadent apricot cheesecake and green tea tiramisu. Finish off with the TipTree mocktail or a cocktail of your choice.
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5/7 The Lobby Lounge, InterContinental Singapore
The culinary team gives its afternoon tea experience a local twist by coming up with the Heritage Royale Luxury Afternoon tea theme. The delightful spread comprises bite-sized gems interwoven with local flavours, and made with premium ingredients. Sit back, relax and savour the likes of ayam buah keluak or braised chicken in tamarind and nut paste and presented in crostini, and chilli lobster sandwich mixed with crushed peanuts and tucked within a mini roll. Desserts bring back the nostalgia with gold dust ondeh ondeh cake, a delicate kaya sponge layered with coconut mousse and caramel gula melaka. Enjoy the feast with a glass of light and fruity Billecart-Salmon Brut,
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Goodwood Park Hotel is famed for its afternoon tea experiences, and the current offer at L'Espresso is no different. For one, there's a much bigger spread which includes the usual suspects of plain and raisin scones best eaten with clotted cream and strawberry jam, and ham and cheese croissants.
But if you can pry your hands away from these breads, feel free to tuck into the hot savouries of Swedish meatballs with smoky homemade barbecue sauce, mini pork shepherd's pie, and petite sandwiches like the Hungarian salami and caramelised onions. Save space for desserts and indulge in baked cheesecake for something rich and creamy, or the decadent nougatine chocolate cake.
7/7 The Landing Point
Inspired by The Fullerton Hotels’ iconic heritage, The Landing Point has crafted the East Meets West Afternoon Tea, available throughout the month of April.
Better bring your appetite, as there’s a selection of delectable bites to choose from. From the savoury menu, you have the likes of Szechuan smoked salmon tartare, caviar and sour cream perched on blinis to the shio kombu seafood and salad lobster cone topped with Sakura ebi.
As for the sweets, executive pastry chef Siddharth Prabhu has elevated classic desserts by infusing them with refreshing tropical flavours. For example, the Sicily pistachio mango mascarpone swiss roll is the perfect balance of sweetness and nuttiness, while the calamansi coconut tart is a zesty confection topped with coconut shavings for extra texture. The set comes with a selection of tea flavours as well as Fullerton Super Shakes. (The East Meets West Afternoon Tea is also available at The Courtyard)