Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Afternoon Teas around the World

Afternoon tea is not what you drink in the afternoon. Neither is it the opposite of English breakfast tea. Also known as high tea or afternoon high-tea, the quintessential British tradition is not all about tea. But sipping tea (or coffee if you prefer), and nibbling pretty savouries and sweets. Catching up with friends over high tea at Grand Hyatt's 10 Scotts was such a lovely experience that I have since tried other high teas, both in Singapore and overseas. Lunch and high tea were the more affordable opportunity to try Chef Justin Quek's signature fresh mushroom cappuccino at Sky on 57 atop Marina Bay Sands. Now that it has closed, where else can we chillax?

Mandarin Oriental Singapore's Axis Bar and Lounge changes its high tea menu regularly. Other than plush seats you can sink into, I liked that we could order a set of two for sharing among three (added an à la carte order of drink) as the portion was just right.

Pan Pacific Singapore has two types of afternoon tea sets  English or Peranakan, and you can sit either at the Atrium or Pacific Market Place. As there is no minimum number of people required for each set, my dining companion and I had a different one so we could try more items.

Intercontinental London Park Lane's The Wellington Lounge pays homage to its heritage with a modern twist to its traditional high tea, for an experience fit for Royalty as it stands proudly on the former site of 145 Piccadilly  Her Majesty the Queen's former childhood home.

Regent Berlin's Tea & Lobby Lounge had an open fireplace and extensive selection of tea. Its high tea comes with bite-size sandwiches we could not fault, yummy mini-tarts and pastries. We were too full to enjoy the freshly made scones with jam and clotted cream.

You may also be interested in the Durian Fiesta at Goodwood Park Hotel.

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