This story was first published February 5, 2020, and updated on September 20, 2021.
Additional reporting by Andrea Saadan, Julia Yee and Amanda Goh.
The tradition of afternoon tea has become ingrained in our culture since it was brought over by the British ages ago. But that’s not a bad thing, especially in our food-obsessed nation because we get to indulge in bite-sized delights such as finger sandwiches, scones and jam to tide us over before dinner. Even better, you can wash these down with aromatic hot tea, fizzy cocktail or even a super shake.
If you’re ready to partake in this grand tradition, here are some places to go for traditional bites, champagne and more.
1. Raffles Hotel Singapore
Take a trip to the city of jazz with The Grand Lobby’s New Orleans Afternoon Tea. Held exclusively from September 1 to November 30 2021, the restaurant’s jaunt to the cultural melting pot delivers the sweet Southern charm and rich flavours of America’s iconic culinary staples. Offered alongside the signature Classic Afternoon Tea, The New Orleans Afternoon Tea (S$88++ per guest) is a thematic experience breathing life into some of America’s most distinctive cuisine.
Tuck into New Orleans’ traditional savoury delights including the quintessential New Orleans Muffaletta Sandwich, a famously hearty New Orleans invention packed with cured meats, provolone cheese, and olive dressing between fresh Italian bread; and the Omni Reuben, a New Orleans-style take on the classic Reuben sandwich with corned beef, roasted beets, swiss cheese, cabbage and toasty, grilled rye bread.
Meanwhile, sweet tooths can delight in a unique assortment of classic New Orleans desserts, such as New Orleans Beignets, a doughy yet crispy pillow of deep-fried fried choux pastry generously sprinkled with powdered sugar; melt-in-your-mouth Pecan Pralines, a sweet and crumbly candy confection loaded with toasted pecans; and a decadently rich Chocolate Bread Pudding, a delectable transformation of dried bread into a flavourful chocolatey custard.