Whether you’re entertaining out-of-towners or simply crave an indulgent afternoon with the girls, high tea is always a good idea. Here are some of the top afternoon teas to try across Singapore.
Atrium at Pan Pacific
The Nostalgic Weekend High Tea Buffet ($48 per person) takes place on Saturdays and Sundays, from 2.30pm to 5.30pm.
Whether it’s a cosy tête-à-tête with Mum or a catch-up with the girlfriends, Atrium’s relaxed ambience is perfect for all gatherings. If you’re booking ahead, we recommend requesting one of the private seating pods that float over the reflection pool – it makes for a more intimate experience and provides a fab backdrop for photos.
This afternoon tea buffet is easily my favourite one in town. It’s hard to beat a spread like this; here you’re spoiled for choice with the array of savoury bites including artisanal sandwiches and Peranakan snacks, on top of an endless line-up of handcrafted cakes and pastries. After picking your tea or coffee (each guest gets two beverages), head to the buffet line for some Nyonya curry with chunks of fall-off-the-bone chicken. Fans of laksa have to try Atrium’s version, which features an uber-rich broth with lobster meat. We unashamedly scoffed two bowls each! The ayam serundeng skewer is not to be missed either; this Indonesian coconut-chicken snack was sweet, salty and packed full of flavour in one bite.
Over at the English selection, the humble ham and cheese toastie is given a truffle upgrade. You’ll also find other premium canapés including foie gras terrine with fig marmalade and brioche crostini, as well as organic egg tartare and chives cereal roll.
Everything from the sweets selection is a must, particularly the matcha yuzu lychee entremets, banana cheesecake and maple pecan tart. Another calorie-worthy treat is the ondeh ondeh: soft pandan balls bursting with a molten gula melaka filling. – Anthia Chng
10 Scotts at Grand Hyatt Singapore
Two seatings are available daily: 12 to 2.30pm, and 3 to 5pm.
It’s $52 per adult ($32 per child) on weekdays and $55 per adult ($35 per child) on weekends and public holidays. From shopping to scones to spa therapies, this Orchard landmark truly is a girl’s best friend! After conquering those 10,000 steps in the name of retail therapy, the elegant space at 10 Scotts serves as the perfect respite with comfy couches and seamless service to really help you lift the weight off your feet.
With 21 types of tea – from the woody and floral aromas of Darjeeling Royal Flush to the sweet notes of Vanilla Lemongrass – there’s a flavour to match every desire; and, if the occasion calls for it, there’s a free-flow Perrier-Jouët Champagne option available, too!
The buffet selection ranges from cold cuts, DIY salads and gourmet mini baguettes, while the weekly revolving hot station serves up moreish dishes like slow-roasted lamb shank and oven-baked risotto balls. The grand finale comes in the form of two-tiered decadence; a selection of dainty desserts from Madeleines to apple crumble.
Sweet-toothed diners will love the passionfruit pudding and freshly baked scones. Lather these treats with clotted cream and tangy raspberry jam or kaya jam for a local twist.
Psst: Wrap up your day on the perfect note with Grand Hyatt’s Spa Afternoon Tea package ($400 for two). Take your bestie or beau to enjoy afternoon tea, a 75-minute personalised massage, pool access and a couples’ treatment room upgrade!
– Leanda Rathmell
Lobby Lounge at The Westin Singapore
Mondays to Fridays, from 2.30 to 5pm. On weekends, there are two seatings: 2 to 4pm, and 4.30 to 6.30pm.
The high tea on offer at The Westin Singapore is definitely for seafood lovers, and the view from the Lobby Lounge is incredible. It’s $45 per person with one pot of TWG tea, or you can add a glass of Prosecco or Champagne for an additional $10 or $15, respectively.
Although you won’t leave overly full, the food served is very well presented and full of flavour – though we weren’t too sure about the clam, lychee and lime shooter!
We loved the lobster roll, served in a toasted brioche bun with turmeric mustard mayonnaise and would have loved to be able to order more.
Tip: High tea is served slowly here, so you can enjoy the view and each other’s company. So, not ideal for those who are in a rush.
– Kel Flanders
Lobby Lounge at The Westin Singapore
12 Marina View, Level 32 Asia Square Tower 2
6922 6988 | marriott.com/hotels/travel/sinwi-thewestin-singapore/
Woobar at W Singapore
“W T Time – Drop the T2” happens daily from 3 to 5pm.
You feel like you’re on holiday at the W Singapore with the pool view, the music and the fun décor. Presented in a tiered birdcage (for two to share), Woobar’s afternoon tea selection looks amazing, and is mainly made up of desserts and chocolates – absolutely perfect for those with a sweet tooth; think raspberry macarons, chocolate “popsicles”, dark chocolate éclairs, red velvet lamingtons and pink chocolate-coated cremeux in the shape of lips. While the savoury offerings were a bit limited, each cage does include a selection of finger sandwiches like smoked salmon and caviar, beetroot and goat cheese millefeuille and foie gras “doughnuts”.
Each birdcage is $65 on weekdays ($115 with a glass of champagne or $164 with a bottle of Moët) and $75 on weekends and public holidays ($125 with a glass of champagne or $175 with a bottle of Moët).
The yuzu chocolate cup was amazing!
Tip: Sit by the window to do some people-watching.
– Rebecca Bisset
MO Bar at Mandarin Oriental Singapore
Daily from 3 to 5pm
Featuring superb views of the Marina Bay district, MO Bar’s afternoon tea is priced at $48 per person ($88 for two), and comes with a choice of coffee or tea. In fact, you have the opportunity to choose two drinks at this afternoon tea; I started with a cup of hot chocolate and wound down with a pot of fruity Spice Island Tea. You could also have your set with a cocktail or mocktail ($65 per person) or a glass of “R” de Ruinart champagne ($68 per person).
The afternoon tea lineup at MO Bar changes every two months. May and June’s Arabian inspired menu features a good mix of spices and flavours from the Middle East, with savoury treats including a tender and juicy chicken shawarma wrap and a coriander croquette paired with mango chutney. All the afternoon tea mainstays are still there, like scones with clotted cream and jam; we enjoyed two kinds – Madagascar vanilla and candied orange – both of which were deliciously crumbly and buttery. You can also look forward to a tier of sweet treats; we loved the Alphonso mango mousse, banana chiboust and blueberry cheese mousse. We were glad that the items were spread across six generous courses, allowing us to enjoy them at our own pace.
We absolutely loved the decadent chocolate custard, which was incredibly rich and smooth.
– Lindsay Yap
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