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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.

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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.




Regent Hotel Afternoon Tea

One of my favourite places to have English high tea is at the Lobby Lounge of Regent Hotel. The place is really quiet on weekdays and I managed to get a sofa seat  even though there were only 2 of us. Hardly anyone walks past this area because it’s not near the reception area, so it’s suitably secluded for a peaceful afternoon.

Afternoon Tea at Regent Hotel - View of the main seating area

For $36, they will serve you their standard afternoon tea items on a 3-tiered stand. Although you cannot choose what items go into the stand, I’ve been there twice and had no complaints. On our second visit (picture attached), the top tier consisted of the light items like salmon slice, egg sandwiches. The middle tier was my favourite because of all the savoury pastries like meat pie and cheese scones. Also included in the set is free flow of coffee, tea (various types) or iced-chocolate.

The items on the 3-tiered stand may not look like much especially when compared to a buffet afternoon tea, however we were extremely full after sharing 1 set plus an addition order of free-flow iced-chocolate for $12.

Oh, one thing very special about the Regent Hotel Lobby Lounge? As far as I know, it is one of the few places, if not only place in Singapore, that serves afternoon tea with CLOTTED CREAM! Imagine that!

Afternoon Tea at Regent Hotel - The 3 tier stand

The 3-tiered tea stand

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The desserts

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There are 2 types of seats to choose. If you choose the sofa seats, you have to contend with eating from a low table. This is not a problem if you plan to while the time away slowly, savouring every minute. There are also table seats, which facilitates eating. But of course this means you have no sofa to sink into after you have overloaded on the food. In my opinion, the best table seat there is is the one in the corner next to the bookshelves. From that vantage point, you are able to watch the world go by from a distance without being disturbed yourself. This angle was also where we took all our pictures.

Do make your reservation in advance, especially on the weekends or you might be relegated to the “Foyer tables”. Those are the tables literally along the corridors, beyond the carpeted area!

Apr 18, 2010 @ 23:46


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

Ritz Carlton Chihuly Lounge – Part 1 (Sweet)

Ritz Carlton Chihuly Lounge – Part 2 (Savoury)

Regent Hotel Tea Lounge

Goodwood Park L’Espresso

Hotel Intercontinental Lobby Lounge

Fullerton Hotel The Courtyard

Regent Hotel Singapore Tea Lounge

Afternoon Tea: 12 noon-6:00pm (Mon-Fri)

High Tea Buffet: 1:30pm-5:30pm (Sat & Sun)

For reservations:
T. +65 6725 3245 / +65 6725 3245
Email: tealounge.rsn@fourseasons.com

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