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Best Afternoon Tea buffet places in Singapore

Recently, a friend asked for my suggestion as to the best place to have afternoon tea in Singapore. Specifically the English Afternoon Tea type, where she and her girly pals could giggle and gossip over pots of tea and unlimited dainty sandwiches. Three choices immediately came to mind, but it was quite hard to whittle it down to the top choice! And it really depends on personal preference in the end, but here are my top choices for the best English Afternoon High Tea places in Singapore. Click on the titles to go to the full posts.

No. 1 – L’Espresso at GoodWood Park Hotel – $38/pax

L’Espresso is my number 1 choice as it really is the best all rounder. There are lots of dainty finger sandwiches and canapes to choose from, all so delicious looking that I am seriously considering making a reservation this weekend as I type now. There’s a huge variety of cakes to choose from too. And most unique of all, there is free flow of Haagen Dazs vanilla ice cream. This last factor is my weak spot!  The one downside though, is that L’Espresso does not provide clotted cream with its scones.

L'Espresso (8)

No. 2 – Courtyard at Fullerton Hotel and Landing Point at Fullerton Bay Hotel – $42/pax

These 2 are sister hotels. I’ve only been to the afternoon tea buffet at Fullerton Hotel, but you get the exact same thing at Fullerton Bay Hotel too. At Fullerton Hotel, they first serve you a 3 tiered tray of scones, sandwiches and desserts. If you need 2nd helpings, or 5th helpings for that matter, the staff will top up your tray with the desired items. Fullerton scores very highly on my list because of its super delicious scones and generous serving of clotted cream! Also, the posh setting and huge velvety blue armchairs really make you feel like a tai tai. Let’s just hope someone else is paying the bill.

Courtyard 3-tier tea service

No. 3 – Chihuly Lounge at Ritz Carlton ($42/pax I think)

The afternoon tea at Chihuly Lounge also gets my thumbs up for serving up really creative dishes. You have to check out the decorations of the desserts in my previous post. Apparently the designs change frequently. The chefs are amazing! Afternoon tea at the Chihuly Lounge gives you the best of both worlds, it had dainty sandwiches, fried stuff like small spring rolls, samosas, and the European type desserts. Alas, once again, no clotted cream and the scones were blah. I’m afraid if you want good scones at a buffet, it seems quite an impossibility apart from the ones at Fullerton Hotel.

Chihuly Lounge @ Ritz Carlton

 

There you have it, my top 3 suggestions for good English afternoon high tea places. Anyone can be a tai tai for a day. Wait, everyone DESERVES to be pampered like a tai tai for a day, be it a man or a woman! Just eat $2.50 mixed rice for the next 5 days!

For where to find the best scones in Singapore, click here.




Singapore Central Business District Skyline – Day time

Here are some pictures of Singapore central business district aka Shenton Way from a vantage point at Marina Bay Sands. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the best of days to take photos. The sky was overcast and slightly hazy. We haven’t had clear blue skies in quite a while. I should know since I can now see for miles from my new office. I think I can even see some of the mountains in Malaysia even though my office is in the south eastern part of Singapore!

Singapore Central Business District (1)

There’s the new Marina Bay Financial District on the left of the picture.

Singapore Central Business District (3)

Huge open area in front of Marina Bay Sands Shoppes where you have an unblocked view of Shenton Way and all it’s big businesses.

Singapore Central Business District (2)

The building with the reddish roof is the old Clifford Pier, which has now turned into the posh Fullerton Bay Hotel.

Singapore Central Business District (5)

A closer look of the Fullerton Bay Hotel.

Singapore Central Business District (4)

The Fullerton Hotel and One Fullerton. Fullerton Hotel was once Singapore’s General Post Office, while One Fullerton is obviously a building built in modern times, ie about 5 years ago.

Singapore Central Business District (7)

See the mass of tourists taking in the sights of the iconic Merlion. I really don’t understand why tourists would specially come here just to take photos with the Merlion. Perhaps it’s like this Parisian I know that has never visited, or thought to visit the Eiffel Tower?

Singapore Central Business District (6)

Interesting angle of the Esplanade and the Swisshotel?

Singapore Central Business District (8)

Condos right in the heart of town. Are you the type that would love to live near your office or are you the type that would want to get as far away from it after working hours?

Fullerton Gingerbread Hotel

Fullerton Hotel Gingerbread

Isn’t this quite an amazing piece of cookery art? Some talented chef has fashioned the entire Fullerton Hotel out of Gingerbread. I want to peel off a pillar and chomp on it!

Best Scones in Singapore

After having eaten my way through so many scones in Singapore, I think it is fitting that I should perhaps do a compilation of all the places I have been to have scones in Singapore. Click on the links for an in-depth review the respective cafes/restaurants. I shall rate only the top 5 scones places.

Okay, where to find the best scones in Singapore…..drum roll please!

The BEST scones in Singapore award goes to….. Fullerton Hotel The Courtyard !!!!

No. 2 : Regent Hotel Lobby Lounge

Regent Hotel’s scones are also damn good. The best part about Fullerton Hotel and Regent Hotel’s scones is that not only are the scones good in their own right, they also provide clotted cream! You’re missing out if you haven’t tried scones with clotted cream!

No. 3 : The Knolls at Capella Sentosa

No. 4 : Oriole Cafe

No. 5 : TWG Tea @ Ion

 

No. 6 : Shangri-La Rose Verandah (sorry picture still pending…)

No. 7 : Dome Cafe @ Shaw House

The “Not the Best but still Quite Good” scones….

Conrad Hotel Executive Lobby

GoodWood Park Hotel L’Espresso

Hotel Intercontinental Lobby Lounge

Riders’ Cafe @ The Saddle Club

Cafe Beviamo @ Tanglin Mall and Paragon

The “Give It A Miss” Scone

Jams Cafe in Prologue Bookshop @ Ion

Ritz Carlton Chihuly Lounge




Afternoon tea at The Courtyard Fullerton Hotel

The other day, while researching on the best hotel to take P for her birthday, I came across the Afternoon High Tea at the Fullerton Courtyard. Because we’d decided to go for the Ritz Carlton’s Chihuly Lounge Afternoon Tea, I thought I had to give the Fullerton’s Afternoon Tea a miss. Well, that was only what the brain said. The mouth and the stomach protested, so I succumbed and decided to go for 2 Afternoon Teas consecutively! My mother was only too happy to partake in this windfall…can’t go for afternoon tea alone, can I?

Afternoon Tea starts at 2.30pm, so when we arrived at 3pm, we were quite surprised that nobody had started eating yet. Everybody seemed to be waiting for something to happen. What struck us was how hushed the entire place was. It was as if we were entering a very serious place. It didn’t help that the tables were extra long, such that you are actually nearer to the diner next to you, than to your companion at the opposite end.

Anyway, I ordered a hot chocolate while my mother ordered some chinese tea. 5 minutes later, we saw the staff carrying the 3 tier stands of goodies. Goodness, luckily we arrived late and didn’t have to wait long as compared to those who arrived at 2.30pm.

Courtyard 3-tier tea service The tasty bite sized morsels, now tell me if you don’t like having afternoon tea? Everyone gets a standard 3 tier service, and you can have free refills of your favourites. You also get the choice of 2 different drinks per person.

Courtyard finger sandwiches (2) Mini burger looking things with smoked salmon in them, cucumber sandwiches…

Courtyard Egg sandwiches Egg sandwich

Courtyard sconesI have to say, Fullerton The Courtyard has one of the BEST scones in Singapore I have ever eaten. Scones can be bland, but these were so good, they could have been eaten without jam or cream

Courtyard Clotted Cream and Jam

But since jam and clotted cream was provided, there’s no reason not to eat the scone plain right? A while back, I thought that clotted cream was hard to come by in Singapore. If you haven’t eaten scones with clotted cream, you have been missing out. But it seems now it is more easily available. Perhaps in time to come, clotted cream will become ubiquitous?

Courtyard Macaron Green Macaron

Courtyard Clotted CreamCourtyard finger sandwiches

They provided so much clotted cream, I wish I had space to eat it all!

Courtyard Tea Chinese Tea

Courtyard Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate

Only allowed to have 2 drink choices per person

Courtyard Trolley of Goodies Trolley of goodies. They first serve you the standard 3 tier service, then you can choose what you want for seconds, unlimited

Courtyard Seating Area facing columns The couple next to us left quite early, so we did have a very comfortable time in the end. The Courtyard has a very bright and airy feel to it thanks to the high glass ceiling.

Courtyard Seating Area Plush chairs with your very own cushion.

The Afternoon high tea costs $36 on weekdays. Will have to check how much it costs on the Weekend. There is also a “1 dines free for every 3 diner” promotion going on.

On the whole, I enjoyed the food very much, but my mother commented that most of the items were sweet items. There was very little meaty things to eat, which is very true. The 2 drink c
omplementary drinks weren’t enough, considering that places like Shangri La and Ritz Carlton offer free flow of made to order drinks.

Also, most of the staff seemed pretty aloof and unfriendly. I get the feeling that Fullerton Hotel tries very hard to make itself look posh and expensive. When I stayed there earlier this year, there were so many signs put up in the hotel room proclaiming this and that to be chargeable, which I felt was too direct, in fact, bordering on offensive. I know they want to charge for the items, and I don’t know how else they could have done it, but I certainly didn’t get the same feeling in other hotels I’ve stayed.

Read about my reviews on other excellent Afternoon Tea places in Singapore

Capella Hotel Sentosa – The Knolls

Ritz Carlton Chihuly Lounge – Part 1 (Sweet)

Ritz Carlton Chihuly Lounge – Part 2 (Savoury)

Goodwood Park L’Espresso

Regent Hotel Lobby Lounge

Hotel Intercontinental Lobby Lounge

Check out 365days2play’s review where to find the Best Scones in Singapore

Check out Sister Hotel Fullerton Bay Hotel’s Lobby Lounge known as Landing Point (just updated in Apr 2012!).

 

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
1 Fullerton Square
Singapore 049178
Telephone: (65) 6733 8388
Facsimile: (65) 6735 8388
Email:
info@fullertonhotel.com

The Courtyard
Afternoon tea: 2.30pm – 6pm
Telephone: 6877 8129
Email: thecourtyard@fullertonhotel.com


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