5 new afternoon tea experiences to check out in Singapore

Feast on beautifully presented sweet and savoury bites at these afternoon tea spots.

2018-05-15 13:06:23 2018-05-23 10:34:04

Intercontinental Singapore's Classic Afternoon Tea - Secret Garden
Intercontinental Singapore’s Classic Afternoon Tea – Secret Garden

The Lobby Lounge, InterContinental Singapore

Inspired by the children’s classic The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, InterContinental Singapore showcases The Classic Afternoon Tea: Secret Garden ($78 for two persons), which brings diners on a sensory adventure through the sweet, savory and smoky.  Savouries are housed in a three-tiered stand, and include the likes of smoked duck with osmanthus jelly, tamago furikake egg sandwich, and smoked salmon mousse and chrysanthemum mantou bun. Sweet treats are where things get a little unique, with desserts such as vanilla tart with passionfruit-verbena coulis presented in a little box filled with earl grey-infused smoke, permeating the desserts with the tea’s scent. A standout is the earl grey chocolate mousse with apricot compote and sea salt chocolate crumble, part of Executive Pastry Chef Ben’s showcase at the recent Mondial Des Arts Sucrés competition where he represented Singapore and placed third. A live station also allows diners to enjoy unlimited servings of à la minute crêpes and ice cream. This afternoon tea runs from 2 May to 15 July at The Lobby Lounge, from 2pm to 5pm daily. Spend $108 for two flutes of of Taittinger Brut Champagne to top off the experience.

80 Middle Rd, Singapore 188966. Tel: +65 6825 1008

Five Afternoon Teas to watch out for this May 3
L’Espresso’s Victorian English Afternoon Tea

L’espresso, Goodwood Park Hotel

There’s no need to put on a fascinator for a quintessentially English experience; instead, simply head over to L’Espresso for their Victorian English Afternoon Tea buffet. From 1 June to 22 July, indulge in English-inspired teatime delicacies such as toad in the hole, treacle tart, and of course, L’Espresso’s ever popular freshly-baked scones served warm with clotted cream, butter and assorted jams. A variety of finger sandwiches, a selection of cold cuts, as well as a live carving station are but some of the savoury treats to fill your afternoon with. Of course, no afternoon tea is complete without desserts – trifles, puddings and tarts sweeten the deal, pairing perfectly with that cup of English tea. Price: $48 (adult), $24 (child) from Fridays to Sundays; $45 (adult), $22.50 (child) from Mondays to Thursdays.

Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221. Tel: +65 6730 1743

The ATLAS Afternoon Tea Set and ATLAS interior(shot by EK Yap and ATLAS)
The ATLAS Afternoon Tea Set and ATLAS interior(shot by EK Yap and ATLAS)


Be transported back to the glamour and elegance of Europe of the 1920s with the Afternoon Tea set (from $52 per person) at ATLAS. Drawing inspiration from the European Art Deco era, Executive Chef Daniele Sperindio has created a well-curated multi-course tea experience designed to make diners feel pampered and relaxed. Guests can indulge in an array of decadent bites such as the Mock Truffle Ravioli with Gorgonzola Cheese, or the ATLAS Croque Monsieur, a delectable ham and cheese sandwich made with Italian premium prosciutto cotto, Spanish cheese and béchamel topped with pickled banana shallot. Afternoon tea classics such as madeleines, canelés, and ATLAS French style scones are served with whipped mascarpone cream and homemade strawberry and rose jam. The ATLAS Selection of teas includes the exclusive ATLAS Art Deco Blend, a beautiful blend of fine black tea incorporating gin botanicals, with added elderflower and yuzu. For something more refined, choose from the ATLAS Prestige Selection where you can find the Huoshan Yellow Bud, a rare Chinese yellow tea that comes with a mellow yet fresh aroma.

600 North Bridge Road, Parkview Square, Singapore 188778. Tel: +65 6396 4466

Five Afternoon Teas to watch out for this May 4
Foie gras tart at Axis Bar and Lounge

Axis Bar and Lounge, Mandarin Oriental Singapore

It’s all about summery, tropical vibes this month as mangoes take the central stage at Axis Bar and Lounge’s afternoon tea set ($42 per person, $80 for two). A refreshing pineapple and mango jelly with coconut emulsion starts the meal on a light note, and pairs perfectly with the wide selection of teas available. Mangoes lend a sweet note to savouries such as the foie gras terrine and mango marmalade tartlet, or the tandoori chicken and mango chutney wrap with spiced aioli, which is sweet, spicy and savoury all at once! Mango-centric pastries complete the meal, with highlights such as the mango palm sugar soufflé roll and mango tapioca shortcake.

5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797. Tel: +65 6885 3500. To note: Axis Bar and Lounge will be temporarily closed from early July till mid-September 2018. During this period, signature cocktails and delectable snacks can be enjoyed at the hotel’s BAY@5 which overlooks the pool area and offers stunning views of the city. 

Five Afternoon Teas to watch out for this May 5
Assortment of pastries at Brasserie Les Saveurs

Brasserie Les Saveurs, St. Regis

Spend an afternoon appreciating the finer things in life with St. Regis’ Caroline Astor afternoon tea. Presented on a three-tiered silver stand are exquisitely made delights, with highlights such as millefeuille with smoked salmon and dill cream, assorted scones served with clotted cream and strawberry jam, Alaskan king crab salad with chilli padi mary emulsion, and foie gras mousse with pear jelly. Crêpes and Belgian waffles made à la minute are also available at a live station, alongside a delectable assortment of desserts. Price: $49 per person Mondays to Fridays, $53 per person Saturdays to Sundays.

29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911. Tel: +65 6506 6860 

Hung Ping Lee
Hung Ping loves all things life. A former hardcore Science student, he is now a semi-serious writer of poetry and enjoys cycling down East Coast Park. He likes cooking too.

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