High tea — or afternoon tea — sessions are a quintessentially British tradition –and we all know how seriously the Brits take their tea. Here in Singapore, the old tradition has been continued with much gusto with a variety of restaurants offering these options for friends to while away the afternoons in style.
The best thing about an afternoon tea, or high tea, is not just the delicious pastries and savoury snacks you have the opportunity to indulge in, it’s the idea that you have all the time in the world, to relax, chat with friends and sip tea to your heart’s content — after all isn’t time the ultimate luxury?
We’ve rounded up 10 of our favourite, most indulgent Afternoon Tea sets for one to enjoy. Take these as a temptation to sneak out of work for an afternoon and enjoy a good catch up with friends (just don’t say it was our idea).
Tucked away in the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay, Pollen fits seamlessly into this modern garden with an inspired Afternoon Tea that includes savoury and sweet delights, such as scones, macarons and parma ham.
Besides enjoying the exquisite teas and the fine eats, guests can also enjoy other Pollen privileges, such as return buggy transfers and complimentary access to the Flower Dome. With all these perks, there’s really no better way to spend your afternoon than here, amongst all the flora and fauna that is reminiscent of your very own quaint English garden.
Pollen, Flower Dome, Gardens By The Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, 01-09, Singapore 018953, +65 6604 9988, www.pollen.com.sg
House at Dempsey
Since 2010, House has been sweetening up our Thursday and Friday afternoons with their popular Vintage High Tea spread. Definitely worth a pop out of the office.
To keep things fresh, they’ve recently created a brand new menu called “Hi-Tea”. Inspired by The Spa Esprit Group’s collaboration with Edible Gardens to support local farming, the new Hi-Tea spread is filled with fresh herbs and vegetables paired with House’s signature quirkiness, including interesting dishes such as the Sweet Potato Leaf Fried Rice, Avocado and Chocolate Cake and Curry Leaf Almond Brownie.
House at Dempsey, 8D Dempsey Road, Singapore 249672, +65 6475 7787, www.dempseyhouse.com
Sky on 57
The Sky High Tea by Chef Justin Quek pampers you under the big blue with their selection of savoury snacks and seasonal sweets atop Marina Bay Sands. The perfect tea-for-two, this set includes the chef’s signatures such as a demitasse of fresh mushroom cappuccino and the interesting-sounding foie gras Xiao Long Bao.
The set also features Vittoria gourmet coffee and a range of fine teas for you to choose from. If you want to jazz it up, you can also pair your snacks with a glass of Perrier-Jouët, Grand Brut, or Épernay.
Sky on 57, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Tower 1, Level 57, Singapore 018956, + 65 6688 8857, www.marinabaysands.com/restaurants
The Lobby Lounge
Primed for an indulgent afternoon of pampering and tête-à-tête, The Lobby Lounge at the InterContinental Singapore marries delectable confectionaries with premium teas, specialty coffees and cocktails (because a little alcohol in the afternoon never hurt).
Their Royal Heritage Afternoon Tea is an exquisite three-tier spread of re-invented English classics. Expect baked treats such as Norwegian Smoked Salmon Crostini with Horseradish Cream, Onion and Dill, as well as Lemon Raisin Scones that are served with fluffy dollops of coffee-flavoured mascarpone, fresh clotted cream and house-made wild strawberry jam.
The Lobby Lounge, InterContinental Singapore, Level 1, 80 Middle Road, Singapore 188966, +65 6825 1008, www.intercontinental.com/singapore
Tea Lounge at The Regent
The Tea Lounge sets the perfect vibe for an afternoon high tea with stocked bookshelves and Asian art. In this British library setting, guests can enjoy a three-tier afternoon tea set on weekdays or a high tea buffet on the weekends.
But if you’re looking for something local this coming Easter weekend, you can try out their popular Easter weekend high tea buffet which features food much more substantial than what we’re used to in afternoon teas. With laksa, Boston lobster and slow-roasted Wagyu beef, the tea time here is set to be a decadent affair.
Tea Lounge, The Regent, 1 Cuscaden Rd, Singapore 249715, +65 6733 8888, www.regenthotels.com
Salt Grill may focus on modern Australian cuisine but that doesn’t mean their afternoon tea isn’t as decadent or inspired. Located at the highest point of Orchard Road, the restaurant offers sky-high dining for both great views and great food.
Their afternoon platter serves as a great way for tired shoppers in town to take a break and relax. Featuring a three-tier set that includes a good mix of both sweet and savoury snacks, we’re sure having afternoon tea here will recharge you for more hours of shopping ahead.
Salt Grill, ION, 2 Orchard Turn, 55-01 & 56-01, Singapore 238801, +65 6592 5118, www.saltgrill.com
Brasserie Les Saveurs
For an afternoon tea fit for royalty, try out The Grand Astor Afternoon Tea at Brasserie Les Saveurs. This elegant, renowned restaurant at the St. Regis Singapore is well-known for its gorgeous interiors and delicious French food, making it the perfect afternoon indulgence.
The tea, scones and cheeses offered are definitely worthy of more than one visit, but it’s the ambience of the restaurant that really gives tea time at Brasserie Les Saveurs an added exquisiteness. Surrounded by fine art, vintage chandeliers and red velvet cushioned sofas and chairs, you too can feel what it’s like to be royalty, if only for an afternoon.
Brasserie Les Saveurs, The St. Regis, 29 Tanglin Rd, Singapore 247911, +65 6506 6860, www.brasserielessaveurs.com
The afternoon tea at WooBar named the “W T Time”, is an elegant and glamorous affair best enjoyed with your closest girlfriends.
Their Drop The T2 features some exquisite culinary creations served in a peculiar silver birdcage. With 14 exclusive and modern interpretations of requisite tea time treats such as their Dim Sum Basket, Raspberry scones, lime pie popsicles and many more, Woo Bar shows us exactly how to do afternoon tea with contemporary flair. A word of caution, don’t spill the tea as you’ll definitely will want to savour every sip.
WooBar, W Hotel, 21 Ocean Way Sentosa, Singapore 098374, +65 6808 7278, www.woobar.wsingaporesentosacove.com
Axis Bar and Lounge
With a menu that changes every month, you can keep coming back for a different high tea variation at Axis Bar and Lounge. This April, expect a range of teas from the simple and classic London Breakfast to the luxe White Night Jasmine made from the rarest Yin Zhen white tea tips blended with night blooming jasmine.
The food is also well paired to suit the fine teas, and guests get to munch on sweet treats such as raspberry savarins and caramel hazelnut eclairs, as well as more savoury options such as their baked garden spinach and cheese Royale with bacon bits.
Mandarin Oriental, 5 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039797, +65 6885 3500, www.mandarinoriental.com/singapore
Fresh Fruits Lab
Fresh Fruits Lab (FFL) is a simple and elegant bar and bistro with a signature focus on fruits and drinks paired with subtle laboratory style presentation. Definitely something different out there in the East.
With a strong belief in experimenting with new whacky, fruit-inspired concoctions, their lab-themed high tea is sure to pique your interest. Thi swill include delectable snacks such as their chocolate and lemon macarons as well as profiteroles filled with luscious mango cream. The good mix of sweet and savoury items create a perfect balance for the discerning palate and makes this high tea one that anyone can enjoy.
Fresh Fruits Lab, 351 Changi Road, Singapore 419818, +65 6677 6741, www.ffl.com.sg
Situated at heritage hotel Goodwood Park, L’Espresso is known for their elegant, authentic English Afternoon Tea buffet. Featuring an assortment of sandwiches, salads, savouries, pastries and everyone’s favourite — the chocolate fountain — the spread at L’Espresso aims to please anyone able to get away for an afternoon.
The set includes premium coffee and teas as well as Laurent-Perrier champagne. Guests can relax on the alfresco poolside area and while away the hours, if you end up staying into the evening, the café turns into a lounge where you can continue with cocktails into the night.
L’Espresso, Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221, +65 6737 7411, www.goodwoodparkhotel.com