While away a leisurely afternoon amid good vibes and great food at these elegant lounges.
Stephanie Wong, Denise Kok
One-Ninety Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore
The first thing one encounters upon entering the lobby at the Four Seasons in Singapore is a magnificent floral display, crafted under the guidance of famed contemporary florist Nicolai Bergmann. This floral welcome extends to the new afternoon tea offering at the hotel’s One-Ninety Bar, where rose-scented raspberry cakes are served alongside yuzu meringue tarts accented with the subtle flavours of elderflower. Besides a selection of sweet treats, the three-tiered afternoon tea also includes savoury snacks the likes of smoked salmon and sour creme on rye bread. Save room for the exceptional selection of freshly baked lavender and vanilla scones sided with Devonshire clotted cream. At One-Ninety Bar, guests get to enjoy a selection of Gryphon teas, coffee brewed at the table, or a frothy matcha latte.
Available from 2pm to 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays. One-Ninety Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore. 190 Orchard Boulevard. Tel: 6831-7671
National Kitchen by Violet Oon
For a spot of local high tea with alluring local flavours, National Kitchen by Violet Oon is the place to go. The restaurant’s focus on showcasing authentic Nyonya and local dishes extends to the three-tier high tea offering, which has quickly become a firm favourite with regulars. Enjoy savoury offerings such as buah keluak crostini and hae bee hiam sandwich, and sweet treats such as kueh beng kah (fresh tapioca cake infused with coconut cream) roti jala with gula melaka and banana sauce.
Violet Oon Singapore High Tea is available from 3pm to 5pm daily at National Kitchen by Violet Oon at National Gallery Singapore, #02-01 National Gallery Singapore (City Hall Wing). Tel: 9834-9935.
Lobby Lounge, Shangri-La Hotel
Shangri-La Hotel’s Lobby Lounge celebrates beloved Singaporean classics with their three-tiered local signature afternoon tea set. The first tier features savoury bites such as hae bi hiam (spicy dried shrimp sambal) finger sandwich, spicy otak otak with mantou and flaky vegetable curry and chilli crab puffs. In the second tier, you’ll find kueh by local nyonya kueh specialist HarriAnns, including ondeh ondeh and kueh sago gula Melaka. The top-tier consists of classics with a local spin, such as pandan scones, pulut hitam cake, and durian dome that has rich durian mousse combined with luscious whipped cream. The pretty set, that’s served in colourful china, comes with a serving of pork satay with pineapple peanut sauce, pulut hitam, and also two cups of beverages (choose from teh tarik, kopi tarik, tea or coffee).
The three-tier Local Signature Afternoon Tea Set is available on weekdays from 3pm to 5.30pm. Lobby Level, Tower Wing, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, 22 Orange Grove Road. Tel: 6213-4398
Renku Bar & Lounge
Renku at Marina Bay Sands enchants with a bespoke high tea experience that invites diners to craft their own artisanal tea blends using fresh botanicals from the hotel’s herb garden. The aromatic brews are then paired with a three-course menu featuring freshly baked scones and such gourmet sandwiches as prawn avocado with tobiko aioli. There are also sweet treats like the yuzu cream cheese millefeuille. Renku also runs an all-day bar programme with tea-infused cocktails and craft beers. There are two seatings (2pm – 3.30pm and 4pm – 5.30pm) for high tea.
Marina Bay Sands. Lobby, Hotel Tower 1. Tel: 6688-5535. Tel: 6688-5535
TWG Tea on the Bay
The latest addition to the brand’s collection of salons, TWG Tea on the Bay is decked with an opulent palette of red, emerald, and amber, which lends it an elegant yet whimsical charm. The shelves of blond tea tins and dark wooden patisserie counter are not the only recognisable signatures at the new salon. You’d also find the well-loved selection of tea-spiked sandwiches on their teatime menu, including duck rillette infused with mandarin tea, and warm toasted sandwiches laced with a truffle béchamel sauce infused with pu-erh tea.
The Shoppes at 2 Bayfront Avenue. B1-122/125 Marina Bay Sands. Tel: 6535-1837.