Cover Afternoon tea at the Grand Dame

What better way to spend a leisurely afternoon than with delicious bites and teas, presented in tiered stands

This story was first published on February 5, 2020, and updated on September 14, 2022.


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.

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1. The Grand Lobby

Take a trip to South America with The Grand Lobby’s Peru Afternoon Tea. Exclusively available from now until November 30, the restaurant’s latest spread is inspired by the country’s vibrant gastronomic traditions. Head down and dig into mouth-watering Peruvian flavours such as the Peruvian-style grilled chicken sandwich complete with a fiery green jalapeno sauce; and Pan Con Chicharron. The latter is a Peruvian sandwich layered with fork tender slow braised pork and sweet potato.
 
When it comes to dessert, get to delight in a unique assortment of classic Peruvian creations, such as the fluffy Picarones (Peruvian donuts) and Suspiro de Limena, an indulgent dessert comprising a layer of dulce de leche topped with light meringue. Book here

The Grand Lobby, 1 Beach Road, Raffles Hotel Singapore, S(189673), +65 6337 1886

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2. Tea Lounge

The afternoon tea tradition started in England, and the culinary team pays tribute to its birthplace with the English Theme afternoon tea spread. At the Tea Lounge, you won’t only feel like you’re in an English countryside (thanks to a lush greenery backdrop), you’ll be able to dig into classic afternoon treats, too, served in a three-tiered afternoon tea stand.

Start off with seasonal quiches as well as mini tea sandwiches, including the fragrant truffle mustard marinated Angus beef sandwich served with pickled cauliflower. Desserts are also a sweet affair with options like decadent lavender and blueberry cheesecake; and floral rose and strawberry tart.

Available from now until November 10. Book here

Tea Lounge, Regent Singapore Lobby Level, 1 Cuscaden Road, S(249715), +65 6725 3245

3. The Lobby Lounge

The culinary team gives its afternoon tea experience a local twist by coming up with the Heritage Royale Luxury Afternoon tea theme. The delightful spread comprises bite-sized gems interwoven with local flavours, and made with premium ingredients. Sit back, relax and savour the likes of ayam buah keluak or braised chicken in tamarind and nut paste and presented in crostini, and chilli lobster sandwich mixed with crushed peanuts and tucked within a mini roll. Desserts bring back the nostalgia with gold dust ondeh ondeh cake, a delicate kaya sponge layered with coconut mousse and caramel gula melaka. Enjoy the feast with a glass of light and fruity Billecart-Salmon Brut, available from 1pm daily. Book here

The Lobby Lounge, InterContinental Singapore, 80 Middle Road, S(188966), +65 6825 1046

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4. L’Espresso

Goodwood Park Hotel is famed for its afternoon tea experiences, and the current offer at L'Espress is no different. For one, there's a much bigger spread which includes the usual suspects of plain and raisin scones best eaten with clotted cream and strawberry jam, and ham and cheese croissants.

But if you can pry your hands away from these breads, feel free to tuck into the hot savouries of Swedish meatballs with smoky homemade barbecue sauce, mini pork shepherd's pie, and petite sandwiches like the Hungarian salami and caramelised onions. Save space for desserts and indulge in baked cheesecake for something rich and creamy, or the decadent nougatine chocolate cake. Book here

L’Espresso, 22 Scotts Road, Orchard, S(228221), +65 6730 1743

5. The Landing Point

Inspired by nature’s wild and diverse flora, the Expressions Afternoon Tea experience features bite sized gems that offer modern Asian flavours, with a touch of western influence. Bring your appetite, as there’s a selection of delectable bites to choose from. From the savoury menu, you have the likes of gorgeously seared tuna tataki topped with pickled ginger and shio kombu powder. While its sweet bites are inspired by nostalgic treats—don’t miss out on the ice gem lemon tart, a zesty and refreshing creation shaped to resemble an iced gem biscuit. Book here

The Landing Point, 80 Collyer Quay, S(049326), +65 6597 5277

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6. Skai

Contemporary dining establishment Skai has partnered up with specialty coffee boutique Bacha Coffee to present an elevated afternoon tea experience. Perched on the 70th floor of Swissotel The Stamford, dig into tantalising treats while overlooking the breathtaking Singapore skyline.
 
Dig into dainty delights, starting with rich foie gras perfectly balanced with sweet and tangy raspberry and nutty pistachio; and fluffy buckwheat blinis crowned with sour cream and caviar. Then, move on to sweets and indulge in delectable creations like the fragrant pistachio tartlet, creamy chocolate bonbons, and sweet Okinawa brown sugar macarons. Wash these treats down with a cup of coffee from the Bacha Coffee selection—for something zesty and refreshing, the orange sky coffee offers rich notes of fresh and dried fruits. Available from now until December 31. Book here.

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7. Portman's Bar

Sit amongst nature at Portman’s Bar, located in the grand Park Royal Collection at Marina Bay. At the heart of the city’s first “garden-in-a-hotel” is the renowned restaurant named after the neo-futuristic Architect John Portman, who first designed the building and the atrium space it occupies.

Serving up an array of delectable treats, Portman Bar allows guests to lounge in serenity during the day, soaking in the warm glow from the skylight whilst enjoying speciality grade coffee alongside an afternoon tea. The 'Picnic in an Oasis' afternoon tea set features a spread of both sweet and savoury bites, catered to your every culinary mood. Standouts include the Singapore chili crab tucked in a buttery brioche roll; Indian butter chicken encased in a flaky pastry; and bubur cha cha gateaux topped with creamy coconut mousse. Book here

Portman's Bar, 6 Raffles Boulevard Level 4, Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay, S(039594), +65 6845 1119

8. Window on the Park

Revel in a traditional English afternoon high tea experience with friends and loved ones at Window on the Park. Located in Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Center, Window on the Park's Halal-certified Afternoon High Tea brings you on a gastronomic journey to awaken your palate with an extensive range of tea-infused creations. 

Highlights include smoked salmon tartare with lemon verbena jelly, minty buttermilk chicken, earl grey cheesecake and Teh Terik cream puff craquelin. Book here

Window on the Park, 11 Cavenagh Road 02-00 Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre, S(229616), +65 6733 8333

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