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6 Local-themed Afternoon Teas to Savour This National Day

Celebrate with an idyllic afternoon of Singapore-themed savoury delights and sweet treats.

By Mandy Lim Beitler      3 August 2022

As we celebrate our nation’s 57th birthday this August, round up your crew for an afternoon of tea-licious sweet and savoury delights inspired by Singapore’s vibrant culinary flavours. Look out for special privileges for SAFRA members and NSmen who use their NS55 credits as well!

1. English Afternoon Tea Buffet with National Day Delights at L’Espresso

The English might have pioneered afternoon teas, but no one adapts foodie customs better than Singaporeans do. This National Day season, L’Espresso presents diners with a buffet spread combining local favourites with afternoon tea classics. Think Nyonya Laksa, Chicken Satay and Lobster Popiah, alongside open-faced sandwiches, seafood-on-ice and a daily live carving, such as Baked Salmon Wellington or Roasted Beef Tenderloin. Satisfy sweet cravings with Ondeh Ondeh Cake, Chendol Panna Cotta and freshly made Waffles with Kaya.

Available from August 6 to 9; from $78++ per adult and $46.80++ per child

To commemorate NS55, NSmen enjoy 10% off Weekday Afternoon Tea Buffet with Local Favourites; more info at safra.sg/promotions/l’espresso-at-goodwood-park-hotel. More info and deals at www.safra.sg/membership/ns55-recognition-package-singapore/ns55-deals

Lobby level, Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221
More info at www.goodwoodparkhotel.com


2. ‘Picnic in an Oasis’ Heritage Afternoon Tea at Portman’s Bar

Settle into the lush garden setting of Portman’s Bar and indulge in its new heritage afternoon tea. Served in a picnic basket, it comprises an array of sweet and savoury bites enlivened with vegetables, herbs and edible flowers, all freshly picked from the hotel’s very own Urban Farm. Delectable favourites with a mod-Sin twist include Home-made Milo Dinosaur Scones, Fruit Rojak, Nyonya Otah Otah, Satay with Peanut Sauce and Pineapple Salsa, Indian Butter Chicken Mini Pie and Bubur Cha Cha Gateaux, just to name a few.

Available till September 30; from $58++ per person.

SAFRA members enjoy 15% off (blackout dates apply); more info at safra.sg/promotions/parkroyal-marinabay-fnb

Level 4, Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay Singapore, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039594
More info at www.panpacific.co/marinabay


3. Singapore Theme Afternoon Tea at Tea Lounge

Explore local flavours with a twist, pieced together by the culinary team of Tea Lounge at Regent Singapore. Served in a three-tier afternoon tea stand, it spotlights savoury local cuisine with Salted Egg Marinated Crispy Chicken Sandwich and Bak Kut Teh Quiche. On weekends, high tea is served buffet style, showcasing hot items such as Singapore Chilli Crab Sauce with Fried Mantou, Chicken Satay with Condiments and Hainanese Chicken Rice. Joining them are house classics Caramelised Kurobuta Pork Char Siew, Signature Singapore Laksa, and Ocean King Prawn Congee.

Available till August 31, from $52++ per adult and $26++ per child.

Lobby level, Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715; Tel: 6725 3245


4. Nostalgia Afternoon Tea Set at The Marmalade Pantry

Homegrown bistro The Marmalade Pantry launches its National Day exclusive on August 1. This rendition of its popular afternoon tea spread features perennial favourites alongside a medley of locally inspired treats. Look out for the moreish Otah Mousse Toast, Crab Coleslaw Ciabatta and Satay Chicken Brioche. Milo Lover’s Dream Petite Cupcakes, Pandan Gula Melaka Tea Cakes and Sweet Yam Tarts will satisfy those with a nostalgic sweet tooth. Each set includes two pots of Monogram Tea and is also available for takeaway and delivery.

Available till October 31, from $78++ for two.

#01-01, Oasia Hotel Downtown, 100 Peck Seah Street, Singapore 079333; Tel: 6385 0741
#04-11A, ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801; Tel: 6734 2700


5. Straits Chinese Afternoon Tea at Lobby Lounge

The Capitol Kempinski Hotel’s Lobby Lounge elevates local flavours with a five-course afternoon tea accompanied by your choice of tea pairing or free-flow bubbly. Tuck into the likes of Drunken Chicken and Chilled Chilli King Crab angel hair pasta, followed by Vegetable Curry Quiche and Pandan Scones with house-made kaya and whipped butter condensed milk. Frozen Yuzu Teh O Ping with Sparkling Wine acts as a palate cleanser before you move on to desserts, such as Kopi O Financier, Bandung Pebble and Bubur Cha Cha Pudding.

Available from August 3 to 10; from $58++ per person.

Lobby level, The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, 15 Stamford Road, Singapore 178906; Tel: 6715 6871


6. Tiger Crystal High Tea at 1864

In collaboration with Singapore’s premium beer brand, 1864 gives the high tea tradition a boozy twist. Of course, it’s not enough just to drink it. In the Tiger Crystal High Tea, sweet and savoury bites get an infusion of the refreshing brew too. These include Tobiko Crab Salad with Citron Beer Gelee, Prawn with Beef-infused Melon, Beer Orange Caramel Brioche and Beeramisu. Wash it all down with your choice of barista-style coffee and 18 blends of TWG teas. Or top up $20++ for two bottles of Tiger Crystal for a Tiger-rific deal.

Available till August 31, from $118++ for two.

Level 5, Sofitel Singapore City Centre, 9 Wallich Street, Singapore 078885; Tel: 6428 5000

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