Last week, Virgin Atlantic made headlines when it announced its latest — and probably its fanciest — collaboration for 2018: An afternoon tea service, created in partnership by master pâtissier Eric Lanlard. The tea is currently available at the airline’s Heathrow Airport clubhouse in London, will be served onboard its day flights later this year. Which means that passengers will soon be able to savour their favourite scones, macarons and finger sandwiches — washed down with steaming hot tea — 38,000 feet in the air.
But if you aren’t planning a trip to London anytime soon, fret not — you can always fulfil your afternoon tea cravings at one of Singapore’s many elegant venues. Serving up everything from Japanese-inspired desserts to Peranakan-style morsels and healthy gluten-free savoury bites, these six spots are where you need to be this 2018.
(Main photo: Regent Singapore; Featured photo: InterContinental Singapore)
This Art Deco-style bar may be more known for its extensive gin collection and opulent interiors, but it also serves a lavish afternoon tea. Presented on a tiered stand, its repertoire features savoury items such as croque monsieur, crab croquette, and Iberico jamon on toast, as well as sweets like lemon curd cheesecake, salted caramel, and “apple tree” — zesty strips of green apple rolled up to resemble a mini tree. The menu also comes with tea pairing. Every item is handmade to order, so be sure to make a reservation at least two days in advance.
When: Mondays to Saturdays, 3pm to 5pm
Atlas, Parkview Square, 600 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188778, +65 6396 4466
Located at the hotel lobby of Marina Bay Sands, Renku is a bright and breezy spot serving up everything from all-day-dining savoury fare to cocktails and, of course, afternoon tea. Eschewing the usual multi-tiered stands, the latter’s offerings are presented via a guéridon trolley stocked with goodies such as scones, cakes, chocolate bonbons, finger sandwiches and madeleines. Complement these with a customised tea blend concocted by Renku’s tea master, or pick from a selection of over 13 different brews (with flavours that include Mango Sticky Rice and Nasi Lemak) from local tea company Ette.
When: Daily, 2pm to 3:30pm; 4pm to 5:30pm
Renku Bar & Lounge, Marina Bay Sands, Hotel Lobby, Tower 1, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956, +65 6688 5535
(Photo: Marina Bay Sands)
If you’re yearning for something a little more Asian-inspired, Atrium has introduced a new Peranakan afternoon tea set with offerings such as Muar otah kueh pie tee, mutton rendang sandwiches, and nyonya curry with French baguette. There is also a variety of sweet treats like rainbow kueh lapis and ondeh ondeh. Atrium also has an English afternoon tea option, with highlights such as smoked salmon and asparagus quiche, and chocolate scones. Both sets are available from 1 May 2018.
When: Mondays to Fridays, 2:30pm to 5:30pm
Atrium and Pacific Marketplace, Level 1, Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039595, +65 6826 8240
(Photo: Pan Pacific Singapore)
Here’s an afternoon tea you won’t feel guilty about indulging in. Chef’s Table at Capella Singapore has launched Wellness Tea Time, which showcases a five-course menu of gluten- and dairy-free items. Its highlights include tempeh portobello sliders, cauliflower crust pizza with “bacon” made from shiitake mushrooms, and the vegan-friendly root vegetables and hummus tart. Its desserts are equally healthy, with concoctions like quinoa and zucchini chocolate tea cake, and cacao avocado mousse.
When: Fridays, 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Chef’s Table, Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297, +65 6591 5089
(Photo: Capella Singapore)
For an Insta-worthy dining experience, look no further than The Lobby Lounge’s upcoming Classic Afternoon Tea: Secret Garden, which takes place from 2 May to 18 July. As its name suggests, this high tea set draws inspiration from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden and features three tiers of savoury delights such as chicken with peach-rose jam on toast, and smoked salmon mousse with chrysanthemum mantou. Its desserts, which include carrot cake and earl grey chocolate mousse, are prettily presented in a box. Diners also get to feast on unlimited servings of ice cream, and crêpes prepared à la minute.
When: Daily, 2pm to 5pm
The Lobby Lounge, InterContinental Singapore, Level 1, 80 Middle Road, Singapore 188966, +65 6825 1008
(Photo: InterContinental Singapore)
Looking to Japan as its muse, Tea Lounge at Regent Singapore has rolled out a refreshed afternoon tea menu inspired by the Land of the Rising Sun. Guests can look forward to a three-tiered stand laden with scrumptious bites such as Hibiki-infused Kobe beef roll with uni terrine, and sesame tuna maguro with rice cake. For dessert, relish individually-plated, beautifully constructed dishes such as Japanese Pearl (pictured), a sugar sphere containing black sesame and white chocolate yuzu cream, and Golden Apple (see main image) — which is filled with iced yuzu apple compote and yoghurt espuma. The afternoon tea is available until 29 June.
When: Mondays to Fridays, 12pm to 5pm
Tea Lounge, Regent Singapore, lobby level, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715, +65 6725 3245
(Photo: Regent Singapore)