The Best Afternoon Tea Experiences In Singapore
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.
If you’re ready to partake in this grand tradition, here are some places to go for traditional bites, champagne and more.
1/5 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 Long Bar chocolate peanut bar or the French pistachio religieuse.
The former, a chocolate-coated bar layered with nutty peanut butter, is an ode to the hotel’s long-standing bar, and the latter is a traditional French dessert filled with a decadent pistachio cream. The meal comes with a complimentary glass of Billecart-Salmon Champagne.
2/5 The St. Regis Singapore
Food and fashion collide in this afternoon tea collaboration with Manolo Blahnik, available until February 29. The experience begins with the ritual of Champagne Sabrage, which is opening the bottle with a sword, followed by a parade of sweet and savoury treats at the Drawing Room.
The culinary brigade took inspiration from Blahnik’s works to whip up a delicious spread, beginning with an amuse bouche of comté cheese feuilleté. Following it up is a lavish three-tiered stand of mouthwatering pastries: chocolate Rocher decorated with silver pearls that resemble the signature Manolo Blahnik buckle; and cherry mousse, kumquat tartlet with gold nuggets; and the well-loved scones.
Balance your sugar high with the crab tart spruced up with crunchy wasabi green peas, and avocado, feta and cucumber sandwich.
3/5 Regent Singapore
The afternoon tea tradition started in England, and the culinary team pays tribute to its birthplace with an English Garden 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.
If you come on weekdays, the spread is in a semi-buffet format. Aside from the three-tiered set with freshly-baked quiches, and the signature scones served with Devonshire clotted cream, berry preserves and lemon curd, there are also buffet counters replete with sweets and savouries.
Start off with mini sandwiches such as black truffle, and organic egg mayonnaise and cucumber, before satisfying your sweet tooth with desserts. Pastry chef Alex Chong’s creations are not to be missed, especially the British rose apple profiteroles, gluten-free chocolate cake, and triple chocolate fudge.
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4/5 InterContinental Singapore
The chefs took inspiration from the spring season to craft an array of sweet and savoury bites, infused with classic tea flavours. Presented in a three-tiered stand are the likes of apple tea-infused mascarpone chantilly cheesecake; oolong crème brûlée with mandarin orange; and strawberry Thai basil, lemon tart.
Leave space for the savouries, and delight in the creamy tomato prawn, basil pesto brioche or the forest mushrooms tortilla with egg, truffle paste. The experience is elevated further with a flute of Taittinger Brut Champagne and freeflow ice-cream.
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5/5 Four Seasons Hotel Singapore
Available at One-Ninety Bar is a fuss-free afternoon tea dreamed up by pastry chef Audrey Yee. Relax in the resort-style alfresco Terraza of One-Ninety Bar and partake in a spread of dainty finger sandwiches; freshly baked raisin and vanilla scones; and brown sugar shortbread served with homemade strawberry-rose preserve and Devonshire clotted cream.
There’s a ton of drink to be savoured, too. Aside from the complimentary glass of champagne, you have access to speciality fine teas such as Royal Peony, Jasmine Silk Pearls or classic Earl Grey Neroli; freshly-brewed coffee; and cocktails.
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