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5 best high-tea buffets in Singapore

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5 best high-tea buffets in Singapore

The Tea Lounge

The Regent Singapore, Cuscaden RoadEnglishEuropeanWestern

High tea available: Sat, Sun & PH: 1.30pm-5.30pm 

The buzz: Known for its three-tier English high tea on weekdays, The Regent’s Tea Lounge’s weekend high tea buffet ($44) has also garnered quite a following for its delectable continental spread and elaborate dessert selection. In fact, the sweets section could be a main buffet on its own.

What’s special: The weekend tea affair allows you to feast for four hours at a stretch, which means you can slowly work your way through the spread – zooming in on the savouries first for your late lunch and saving the best (desserts) for the last.

There are British, Japanese and local faves, and even a carving station offering the roast of the day. We can’t have enough of their unique salads such as quinoa (grain-like seeds) with grilled veggies, raisins and cashew nuts, and the seared tuna with scallops in kabayaki dressing. Other winning starters include the pork pate and duck rilette with Melba toast.

Desserts are impeccably presented, making them even more tempting. Dig into an awesome array of cakes, piping hot waffles, freshly baked passion fruit souffle with caramel sauce, little jars of vanilla and amarena cherry panna cotta and the excellent chocolate yuzu tart with pecan tarts. Need we say more?  

10 at Claymore

Pan Pacific Orchard, Claymore RoadInternationalWestern

High tea available: Sat: 12pm-3pm 

 

The buzz: Pan Pacific Orchard’s Great Singapore High Tea on Saturdays is more lunch than tea. It starts at noon and goes on for three hours, during which you can help yourself to the buffet table and order as many times as you like from their “Plates of Pleasure”, a menu with a small selection of perennial Penang faves such as assam laksa and prawn noodles. 

What’s special: Though called the Great Singapore High Tea, the buffet ($32 per person) is a wide spread of international and local dishes, ranging from a whole baked salmon with sea salt and pesto sauce to fishermen’s pot (mussels and prawns in a white wine sauce), Chinese roast duck, satay and yong tau foo.

Special mention must be made of its Penang dishes, all cooked a la minute by a team of Penang chefs.

The assam laksa would have made you think you were slurping it up in Gurney Drive, except that the version here is topped with the sweet flesh of snow-white barramundi fish. The prawn noodles are also made from a flavourful and intense stock. The Penang char koey teow, perfectly fried with prawns and Chinese sausages, is made even more decadent with fresh crabmeat.

Desserts may not be the star station, but there are enough varieties to keep dessert lovers happy. Cakes are the usual suspects like carrot and brownie. But if the creamy pineapple cheesecake is on the buffet table, go for it. There’s also a chocolate fountain and waffles and crepes with ice-cream, caramelised bananas or mixed berry compote. 

Carousel

Royal Plaza On Scotts, Scotts RoadHalalInternationalBook a Table

High tea available: Daily: 3.30pm-5.30pm 

 

The buzz: Carousel's buffets need no introduction. Be it lunch or high tea, be prepared to queue if you haven't reserved a table. The high tea buffet here is a gargantuan array, resembling a sumptuous lunch or even dinner spread more than high tea.

What's special: New dishes have been added recently to the already wide spread, so you are really spoilt for choice here. Carousel’s high tea buffet is also probably the only one in town with a crustacean corner where you can find a steamed whole salmon, poached green mussels, clams and lobster claws. The Asian section is another crowd puller, with new additions such as Indian rojak, roti prata and authentic Taiwanese snacks like oyster vermicelli and deep-fried crispy chicken with oriental spice – all dished up behind “live” cooking stations. The nasi lemak is also a winner – the rice has a lovely coconut fragrance and the sambal chilli is plain addictive. On weekends, there’s Hainanese chicken rice and Middle Eastern chicken kebabs.

While you get your cakes, scones and ice cream, it’s the local desserts that steal the limelight. The ice kachang section has a slew of condiments for you to choose from including a mango or durian topping. There’s also chendol and the teochew dessert, orh nee with ginkgo nuts. 

House

Dempsey RoadInternationalBook a Table

High tea available: Thurs & Fri: 3pm-5.30pm 

 

The buzz: Tucked away and facing a spot of greenery in Dempsey, Barracks is the perfect hideout to while away an afternoon with some scrumptious tea goodies.With its quaint and colourful buffet table setup assembled from vintage furniture, you half expect Mad Hatter and company to pop up and join you for tea!

What's special: The buffet table takes centre stage in a glasshouse and is plied with dainty sandwiches and tarts, cupcakes, tall and incredibly luscious-looking cakes, scookies (a cross between a scone and cookie) and canapes including bite-sized pieces of Barrack’s signature skinny pizzas. There are at least 25 varieties on the table – and you can eat as much as you want for just $22 per person.

We love the olive cheese sandwich and the butter chicken-inspired spiced bread with curry chicken and yoghurt. Skinny pizza fans will be glad to find two signature flavours  – blueberry, Emmental cheese and turkey, and truffle mushroom – as part of the spread. Needless to say, the sweets are the most sinful treats, so go on, indulge yourself with irresistible flavours such as chocolate hazelnut gateaux, jaffa swirl (an orange cake) and strawberry short cake.

For a healthier option, go for the caffeine-free Rooibos tea (non-refillable). There are in-house creations like red latte and red mint tea (a chilled glass topped with fresh mint and zesty lemon). 

 

Cafe L'Espresso

Goodwood Park Hotel, Scotts RoadDrinksInternational

High tea available: Mon-Thurs: 2pm-5.30pm; Fri-Sun & PH: 12pm-2.30pm (1st seating), 3pm-5.30pm (2nd seating) 

 

The buzz: A popular afternoon tea hangout since 1968, L’Espresso still ranks today as one of the best places for “elegant teatime pursuits”. Its two seatings on Friday and weekends show just how swarmed the place can get come Fridays and weekends.

What’s special: Sink yourself into one of the huge and uber-comfy sofas in this elegant space and enjoy the “live” piano renditions while you chomp away on the tea goodies. There are English-stylefinger sandwiches with cucumber fillings or smoked chicken with pine nuts, and also open-faced, croissant and panini sandwiches.

The high tea ($36, Mon to Thurs; $38 Fri to Sun & PH) buffet also offers savouries such as beef shepherd’s pie, pork meatballs and prawn and yam spring rolls. But we suggest you go easy on those and save room, instead, for the cakes and freshly baked plain, raisin and blueberry scones served with raspberry jam, whipped cream or butter. There are at least five types of creamy confections including Goodwood Park’s signature royal chocolate crunchy hazelnut cake and Kugelhupf, a wonderfully moist and buttery German pistachio cake.

And what’s high tea without a gourmet selection of teas and coffees? L’Espresso has special premium tea blends like Prince of Kandy (a light, golden infusion that pairs well with desserts) and Nuwara Eliya (another delicate blend), and a range of fine coffees for java addicts.

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