Afternoon teas in October for an awesome autumn 2022
· 7 October 2022
Whether you're supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month or just looking for a scrumptious afternoon tea set, we've rounded up some of the best ones around town for takeaway or dine-in
Kyoto in Autumn Weekend Afternoon Tea, Four Seasons Singapore
Dreamed up by guest pastry chef Reiko Yokota of Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, this Japanese-themed afternoon tea (from $58++/ per person) runs till 27 November at Four Seasons Singapore One-Ninety Bar and Garden. Yokota finds inspiration from her years in America and Paris, all peppered with the culinary heritage of her hometown of Kyoto. Specially crafted chinaware in earthy tones inspired by traditional bento boxes reveal a petite poetry of sweet and savoury delights.
The Savoury Box celebrates the fresh flavours of the season with indulgent King Crab Chawanmushi, Bottarga and Chive Tart, Saikyo Miso Foie Gras Terrine, Smoked Salmon Wasabi, and Eggplant and Unagi Finger Sandwiches.
The Sweets Box features “Kuri Kinton” Candied Chestnut, Yuzu White Chocolate Bonbon, Matcha Moss Sphere, Sweet Soy and Ginger Mousse, Japanese Strawberry Mochi, and Hōjicha Tea and Apricot Cookie Sandwich.
Accompanying the seasonal afternoon tea experience are specially created Ginger Confit and Matcha White Chocolate scones (made with coconut oil instead of butter), served warm with Clotted Cream, Yuzu Posset and housemade Cherry Jam.
Pair the afternoon tea with a trinity of craft cocktails such as the tart Kabata Sour with Sake Central Yuzushu and Nikka Coffey Vodka; rum-based, strawberry and peach accented Nishiki with soda; and gin-forward Bloody Tsukemono, a playful rendition celebrating the Japanese tradition of pickling, incorporating Japanese Pickled Tomato, Ki No Bi Kyoto Dry Gin, Bloody Mary Spices, Ambarella and topped with Champagne. Specially handpicked for this season are floral and herbacious teas Sakura Flower, Osmanthus Sencha and Shiso Mint, and roasted green teas Hojicha and Genmaicha.
Rosy Medley of Sweets & Savouries, Goodwood Park Hotel
In support of the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) this October, Goodwood Park Hotel presents the Rose Medley of Sweets & Savouries, an elegantly packaged, rosy-themed tea set in a two-tier takeaway box (for delivery or self-collection; $78 nett at The Deli; $80 nett via The Deli Online Shop) containing 16 petite sweet and savoury treats.
The eight savouries (one piece each) include Beetroot Cream Cheese Tartlet with Forest Berries Compote; Stone Crabmeat Salad with Pink Grapefruit & Mentaiko Dressing on Savoury Beetroot Macaron; Homemade Salmon Mousse with Dill & Trout Roe in Pink Wafer Cone; Pickled Watermelon Radish, Feta Cheese & Dehydrated Strawberry on Pink Bread, among others.
There are also eight sweets, featuring Bandung Swiss Roll; Cherry Blossom Macaron; Raspberry Cheesecake; Lychee Rose Cupcake; Pink Pomelo Cream Tart; Rosella Jivara Chocolate Mousse Entremet, Pink Lemonade Pound Cake and more – all of which boast a vibrant rosy hue.
A donation of $3 nett will be made to BCF for every Rosy Medley set sold from 1 to 31 October 2022. Online pre-orders can be made on thedeligoodwoodparkhotel.oddle.me. Five days advance notice is required, with the last pre-order date on 9 November 2022.
Afternoon Tea, Hortus
Three elegant porcelain tiers of delicate sweets and savouries are paired with the stunning views of the Marina Bay and Flower Dome Gardens at Hortus‘ latest seasonal afternoon tea ($58++ per person, including complimentary access to the Flower Dome).
Enjoy a savoury selection that includes Madras Curry Egg Finger Sandwiches enriched with smoky piquillo peppers and cream cheese; creamy Corn Custard Tart crowned with trout roe and bronze fennel; Moroccan-inspired Beef and Lamb En Croute encased in crisp flaky pastry or a vegetarian alternative filled with spiced lentils and bulghur.
Likewise, the array of sweet highlights include mini domes of chocolate hazelnut mousse enrobed in a chocolate mirror glaze, studded with cacao nibs and a touch of gold; Choux Puffs filled with bright passionfruit mango crème diplomat; classic Lemon Tart finished with fondant marguerite flowers; and raspberry rose and white chocolate ganache-filled Macarons and a side of warm Devonshire scones and clotted cream for good measure.
For a more celebratory experience, a free-flow option of Prosecco is available at $40++ per person.
Pink High Tea, Shangri-La Singapore
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Rose Veranda at Shangri-La Singapore has crafted a limited-period Pink High Tea ($88 nett for two) in support of Breast Cancer Foundation. $5 from each Pink High Tea takeaway set sold will go to the Breast Cancer Foundation in support of their local programs on eradicating breast cancer as a life-threatening disease in Singapore.
The elegant, three-tier Pink High Tea takeaway set includes a selection of savoury appetisers and sweet desserts, such as the Jumbo Lump Crab and River Shrimp Salad with Rose Sauce on Sundried Tomato Sandwich, and the Pink Mentaiko with Sakura Egg Salad on Sweet Chilli Brioche Roll with Fresh Parmesan.
The selection of dainty desserts in beautiful hues of pink includes the Ispahan Choux, Rose Petal Macaron and Strawberry Yuzu Tartlet. Accompanying this sweet experience are The Rose Veranda’s signature scones infused with the aromatic flavours of vanilla and cranberry, best paired with the restaurant’s homemade clotted cream.
Skai High Tea, Swissôtel The Stamford, Singapore
Skai presents a refreshed repertoire of savouries and sweets with delightful Japanese accents, boasting 12 new savouries and sweets, including the classic Tomato Quiche; and scrumptious Turkey Sandwich with spinach pesto. The indulgent Foie Gras Bun features cured foie gras paired with tangy raspberry marmalade atop a petite beetroot bun; while the Pumpkin Eclair with Hummus and Black Truffle is served on a crisp and delicate éclair shell. The Tomato Tart is a refreshing treat made with avocado, heirloom tomatoes and studded with olive oil pearls, along with Caviar, Buckwheat Blini and Sour Cream.
For sweets, indulge in the Japanese Sweet Potato Cheesecake, or the Citrus Pistachio Tartlet with pistachio praline and a sable tart shell. Offering a spin on the traditional macaron, the Okinawa Brown Sugar Macarons with fragrant brown sugar filling are healthier with less preservatives.
Finally, the Earl Grey Raspberry Cream Puff is a must-try, along with Black Sesame Praline Genoa, a crunchy crumble with a light black sesame paste from Japan. With its hard chocolate shell and viscous filling that oozes at first bite, the Skai Chocolate Bonbon is a welcoming surprise.
The Skai High Tea set also includes the must-have freshly baked Madagascar Vanilla Scones. Soft and buttery, they are served with Strawberry Marmalade and Cream from Devonshire.