5 afternoon tea spots in Singapore to visit
Fancy a spot of afternoon tea? From elegant hotel lounges and pretty cafes to dainty tiered sets, dessert buffets and crumbly, buttery scones, these are our favourite afternoon and high tea places to dine at.
Chasing the rat race in Singapore is rather draining, but afternoon tea is a welcome respite from the frantic pace of corporate life. While we’re envious of how the Brits have made it a national pastime, we’ve found five tea places to indulge in, from three-tiered tea sets to weekend tea buffets. Whether it’s to catching up with friends or family, here are the perfect spots for an afternoon tête-à-tête.
The Clifford Pier
The gorgeous dining room of The Fullerton Bay Hotel is a modern space with lovely vistas of Marina Bay, offering a local twist with its Singapore Heritage Afternoon Tea ($48/adult, $24/child). The set combines the best of a classic British tea experience with distinctive local flavours – the set by veteran chef Shermay Lee sees eight savoury and eight sweet items, putting together the likes of chilli crab baos and nonya chicken curry in roti jala wrap with the pandan swiss rolls, bika ambon, and bandung macarons. Worry not, for you can get good ol’ kopi and teh tarik, or classic brewed teas to suit your fancy. The Fullerton Bay Hotel, 80 Collyer Quay. Tel: 6597 5266.
After taking a long walk to smell the flowers and bask in nature’s glory at Gardens by the Bay’s renowned Flower Dome, why not enjoy yourself a little longer and swing by Pollen for a Botanical-inspired Afternoon Tea? Surround yourself with a lush Mediterranean garden as you nibble on chef Steve’s six dainty sweet and six savoury treats, from assorted open-faced sandwiches, braised duck, stilton and chilli cookies to chocolate sable tarts, citrus macarons, and dried apple and cranberry Scones. From now till 30 November 2017, top up for a Hendrick’s Gin cocktail concocted by Hendrick’s brand ambassador Tasha Lu – the floral Miles & Miles or the minty Matcha Mint Mello. $38 with tea and coffee, $50 with Hendrick's Gin cocktail. #01-09, Flower Dome, 18 Marina Gardens. Tel: 6604 9988
National Kitchen by Violet Oon
One of Singapore’s national treasures, Violet Oon, puts her Peranakan spin on the high tea tradition, turning it into a homely feast of Peranakan-inspired staples and local bites. A three-tier stand ($56) offers snacks such as buah keluak crostini, hae bee hiam sandwiches, kueh pie tee and beef-bak pow. And instead of Western pastries and desserts, you’ll dig into nyonya kuehs, roti jala with gula melaka banana sauce, and kasturi lemon tart with papaya compote. What can this kitchen doyenne not come up with? #02-01, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St. Andrew's Road. Tel: 9834 9935
Now here’s a high tea that brings Tiers of Joy (literally). Available at the ParkRoyal on Pickering’s Lime Pâtisserie, this elegant high tea set has recently undergone a makeover with a distinctly Asian take on dishes like peking duck duxelles encased in profiterole, ayam percik shepherd’s pie and coconut pandan mousse. Need caffeine to get through the day? $48 will get you unlimited servings of speciality coffee and TWG tea. PARKROYAL on Pickering, 3 Upper Pickering Street. Tel: 6809 8899
Afternoon tea in a contemporary colonial garden setting? Recline in a plush armchair as culinary Olympian Pastry Chef Alex Chong unleashes a magnificent interactive table with chefs sculpting desserts and building edible magic from scratch. Weekdays see a three-tier afternoon tea ($48/adult, $22.50/child) with seasonal finger sandwiches, signature butter and mixed fruit scones, and à la minute creations such as the Golden Apple (crack it open to find a tangy iced yuzu apple compote with yogurt espuma and olive oil sponge), the Coco-Melon Symphony with bubbling coconut semi-liqueur, melon, and honeydew, and the Dark Chocolate Forest for chocolate lovers. Plus, the new tableside trolley service means perfectly decanted tea blend infusions and aromatic pour over coffee to complete this delectable experience. Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Road. Tel: 6733 8888.