Posh afternoons over high tea aren't just tiered affairs; at these all-you-can-eat buffets in Singapore, you can have your fill of (high) teatime treats
There’s nothing quite like taking an afternoon off and living the posh life. Topping off your itinerary should be high tea; it’s one of life’s finest indulgences (next to relaxing rubdowns, soothing facials and shopping, of course). Whether you’ve got a severe weakness for scones, gilded pots of tea or a love for local teatime treats, we’ve got them all here. And best of all? They’re all-you-can-eat. We dish out 11 afternoon high tea buffets in Singapore.
Tea Lounge at Regent Singapore
Regent Singapore’s mastered the art of high tea: its weekday three-tier afternoon tea menu is a traditional affair with delicate finger sammies, pastries and signature scones. But if your idea of an afternoon fete resembles more of a feast, you’ll want to pop by on weekends for the high tea buffet. Fill your plate(s) with a mix of local and international delicacies, including dim sum, meat carvings and tarts.
Tea Lounge, Ground Floor, The Regent, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715. Available during weekends, from 12pm to 2.30pm and 3pm to 5.30pm.
Brasserie Les Saveurs at The St. Regis
Nowhere else comes close to The St. Regis’s Brasserie Les Saveurs when it comes to high tea – the Downton Abbey-esque premises, with its opulent furnishings, are truly awe-inspiring. Its high tea menu splits itself between the traditional three-tiered fare and a semi-buffet, with the latter featuring a scone bar, pies, and made-to-order crepes and waffles.
Brasserie Les Saveurs, St. Regis Hotel, 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911. Available on Mondays to Saturdays from 3pm to 5pm and 4pm to 6pm on Sundays.
L’espresso at Goodwood Park Hotel
Goodwood Park Hotel’s L’espresso has long established itself as a quintessential spot for high tea. The spread is impeccable, with delicate sandwiches, salads, savouries, pastries, desserts, scrumptious scones and even a chocolate fountain (how’s that for indulgent?). The buffet comes with two servings of premium coffee and TWG tea, but if you’re feeling (really) fancy, have your scones with a side of Champers (specifically, a bottle of Laurent-Perrier champagne).
L’Espresso, Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228221, p.67301743. Available from 2pm to 5.30pm on Mondays to Thursdays; 12pm to 2.30pm and 3pm to 5.30pm on Fridays to Sundays and public holidays.
The Rose Veranda at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore
The well-heeled crowds are familiar with The Rose Verandah’s reputation as a high tea institution. The Shangri-La Singapore restaurant is unmistakably lavish in both its opulent decor and exquisite, massive menu. The high tea buffet here features sashimi, a rotating carving station, laksa and a dessert station with scones, pastries and a large chocolate fountain.
The Rose Verandah, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350. Available on Mondays to Fridays, from 11.30am to 6pm and Fridays to Sundays, as well as public holidays from 11.30am to 2pm and 3pm to 6pm.
HOUSE at Dempsey
This quaint brunch haunt perched atop Dempsey Hill opens its doors on Thursdays and Fridays to high tea hunters. Lush woodland surrounds instantly sets diners at ease, while artworks dotting the property offer visual treats while diners eat. We recommend ditching anything with a tight waistband for the day; the HOUSE HI-TEA ($30++ per pax) buffet spread is colossal, with herb-packed comfort food like truffle fries and pork belly and an extensive dessert platter of cakes, tarts and all assortments of sweets.
HOUSE at Dempsey, 8D Dempsey Rd, Singapore 249672. Available on Thursday and Friday, from 3pm to 5.30pm.
10 Scotts at Grand Hyatt Singapore
High tea at 10 Scotts isn’t your usual tiered affair; the buffet selection here spans a number of cuisine types – trust us when we say you’ll be seriously spoiled for choice. The plethora of items include usual Western classics like freshly baked goods (scones with creamy kaya are not to be missed) and gourmet tartines as well as a la minute dishes flambéed, soups and sides to keep bigger eaters satiated. You’ll want to leave room for dessert; the array includes sorbets, ice creams, cakes and macarons.
10 SCOTTS, Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211, p. 6732 1234. First seating takes place from 12pm to 2.30pm; second seating takes place from 3pm to 5pm. Available daily and public holidays.
Marriott Cafe at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
Only the freshest of food is available at Marriott Cafe; the Orchard-based restaurant’s buffet is big on seafood: whet your appetite with snow crabs, oysters, crayfish and prawns before chowing down on renowned local dishes like Singapore Chilli Crab and roasted delights from the Beech Oven Hot station. And for ultimate palate pleasers? Signature desserts like Sticky Toffee Pudding await.
Marriott Cafe, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865. Available on Monday to Saturday from 3pm to 5.3opm.
Ellenborough Market at Swissotel Merchant Court
Located along Singapore’s river, Ellenborough Market’s another fab alternative to usual high tea fare. Peranakan cuisine is the star here, with food like Nyonya satay chicken and ayam buah keluak always quickly running out (and as promptly replaced). Look out for the small snacks available at different stations; the popiah and Portuguese egg tarts are incredibly moreish. Desserts too are sacred gems of the cafe, with the durian pengat and Nyonya kueh a fave for the sweet-toothed.
Ellenborough Market, Swissotel Merchant Court, 20 Merchant Road, Singapore 058281, p. 6239 1847. Available on weekends and public holidays from 330pm to 530pm.
Chihuly Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton
Dining at The Ritz-Carlton always brings to mind super spiffy meals in elegant surrounds – expect nothing less than stellar service and pomp at its afternoon tea buffet. While we’ve always nursed a soft spot for its eight-course weekday high tea set, we recommend taking it a notch higher for the weekend (especially if you’ve got a bottomless stomach). Smaller bites here include an array of sandwiches, canapes and artisan cheeses with heavier savoury dishes like meat carvings and a variety of sweets available too.
Chihuly Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton Millenia, Singapore #03-00, 7 Raffles Avenue Singapore 039799, p. 64345288. Available on weekends from 230 to 5pm.
Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts
Undisputedly the most popular Halal high tea buffet around town, Carousel boasts an extensive, all-encompassing spread that has everything from a teppanyaki live station and Japanese cold selection to nasi lemak to a local cold desserts corner. Not only is the restaurant famous for variety, but it’s also known for serving fresh, quality food. Top that with exceptional customer service, it’s no surprise that it’s often booked out on weekends and during festive seasons.
Carousel, Royal Plaza on Scotts, 25 Scotts Road, Lobby Level, Singapore 228220, p. 6589 7799. Available from 3.30pm to 5.30pm daily.
Coffee Lounge at Goodwood Park Hotel
Best known for its delectable Taiwan porridge, it’s hardly surprising that Coffee Lounge isn’t the place for classic English tea. But what it’s got in spades? Excellent local flavours. The afternoon tea buffet here features more than 20 popular local snacks, mains and desserts. With its minimalist style and heritage architecture, the ambience too deserves a special mention.
Coffee Lounge, Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221, p. 6730 1746. Available on Mondays to Thursday, Sundays and public holidays, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm