It’s been a month since Phase 2 began.

Just like how you had to readjust to dining at home at the beginning of the circuit breaker, it’s time to readjust to dining out again.

Nothing’s worse than taking the plunge to dine out, only to be thoroughly disappointed with the dishes served, so we’ve rounded up some of our favourites this week, from the likes of Raffles Hotel, Goodwood Park Hotel and Extra Virgin Pizza.

The New York Afternoon Tea set at The Grand Lobby 

Apart from their classic afternoon tea menu, The Grand Lobby has come up with a New York Afternoon Tea set to bring a taste of the Big Apple onto our shores. 

Dine under the graceful ambience that the stunning floor-to-ceiling Victorian pillars and the dazzling chandelier bring at the Grand Lobby for an afternoon tea experience unlike any other. Dig into the hearty Reuben sandwiches, lobster rolls and smoked salmon bagels, and nibble on the delightful cheesecakes, carrot cakes and more if you prefer sweets.

Scones are often neglected during tea, but not here at The Grand Lobby. The homemade rose petal jam and the decadent clotted cream complement the fluffy scones perfectly, and we couldn’t help but ask for a second serving of condiments. Besides the jam and the scones, all the other bread and pastries are also made in-house. 

To enhance your experience, why not select a cocktail or two to go with your dishes? From the Manhattan and the Cosmopolitan to the Bronx, all three invigorating drinks are a wonderful companion to the treats on the three-tiered stand.  

S$78++. Available for dine-in only. 

The Havana Ananas pizza from Extra Virgin Pizza

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(Image credit: Extra Virgin Pizza)

Thin crust pizza loyalists, here’s a reason to cheer. Extra Virgin Pizza, a new pizzeria from The Lo & Behold Group, specialises in pies that are the perfect balance of between crisp and chewy dough, topped with options that range from your classic Margherita to inventive pistachio pesto and pumpkin. We especially love the Havana Ananas (S$28), where a Hawaiian gets reinvented, barbeque-style, with a chipotle sauce, jalapeños and chicken strips.

The eatery does takeaways that are perfect for gatherings (groups of five only, though!) so be sure to bookmark them the next time you’re having friends over to your crib.

S$28. For more information, click here.

The Courtyard Brunch at Raffles Courtyard 

A text from your friends asking to catch up over brunch on the weekend is always welcome, but where are you heading to? A cafe is a good option, not all of them are located somewhere easily accessible.

Thankfully, Raffles Courtyard has come up with The Courtyard Brunch, a new weekend set on the menu made to solve your concerns. The Courtyard Brunch includes one main course as well as a cold and a hot beverage for a scrumptious start to your weekend. 

From the Avocado Hash Tartine to Seafood Mee Goreng and Huevos Rancheros, you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice when it comes to their mains. As for drinks, we found the Sunrise, a refreshing juice blend between apple, ginger and carrots, to be the perfect pick-me-up in the morning. 

S$28++. Available for dine-in only. 

Classic English Afternoon Tea at Goodwood Park Hotel 

More tea menus? Yes, please. The Classic English Afternoon Tea at L’Espresso, located within Goodwood Park Hotel, makes for an idyllic afternoon from now to 10 August 2020. To mark the hotel’s 120th anniversary, they’ve also collaborated with TWG Tea to create the Legacy Blend 120, a medium-bodied black tea perfumed with aromatic notes of bergamot and blue cornflower. 

Besides delicately-made finger and open sandwiches like the Roast Beef & Gherkin and Coronation Chicken with Mango Chutney & Almonds, the menu includes hearty treats like the Traditional Irish Beef & Guinness Stew as well as the Beef Wellington with red wine sauce. 

To ensure the dining experience is safe for guests, the usual buffet spread has turned into a more intimate experience: simply mark the menu with the number of servings you’d like for each item and one of their staff members would be delighted to serve them to your table. 

S$45++ to S$$48++. Available for dine-in only.

Jocelyn Tan
Jocelyn Tan is a travel and design writer. She's probably indulging in serial killer podcasts or reading one too many books on East Asian history. When she actually gets to travel, you can find her attempting to stuff her entire wardrobe into her luggage. Yes, she's a chronic over-packer.