Unique High Tea Buffets In Singapore
Sparing two hours or more in the afternoon sipping on tea and nibbling on dainty pieces of scones is not something most of us can do. With work on weekdays and chores to clear on the weekends, we don’t usually have the time to indulge in high tea.
Compared to Britain and other counterparts where high tea is a norm, it is seen as a luxury here in Singapore. We perceive high tea as something to spoil ourselves with when time allows, or for gatherings where everyone can afford to meet during the few hours between lunch and dinner.
As a nation, our passion for food is unwavering. While time is of essence in our fast-paced society, we somehow always manage to find time for food – whether it’s a quick fix for mid-day hunger pangs or a nice place to hold a leisurely catch-up with friends. Here are 5 unique high tea buffet places fit for any occasion.
Dine on Dim Sum at Peach Garden
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For Singaporeans, Dim Sum is associated with family bonding time. Because these bite-sized goodies come in a wide variety – from classics like siew mai and har gao to the modern baos (buns) filled with salted egg or foie gras, Dim Sum is best enjoyed with a group of people.
One restaurant known for their high tea Dim Sum buffet is Peach Garden at Thomson Plaza. Available only on the weekends and public holidays, it’s one of the few places that still serve Dim Sum the traditional way – on metal carts wheeled around by the staff. From fluffy char siew baos and fragrant pork porridge to delicious ice cream and even a chocolate fondue, Peach Garden’s Dim Sum high tea is sure to satisfy your belly.
To make your visit even more worthwhile, they’ve brought back their long-running deal due to popular demand: 1 adult dines for free with 3 paying adults.
Price: Adult $23.80++/pax, Children $16.80++/pax
Buffet Hours: 3pm to 5pm on Sat, Sun, and Public Holidays
Venue: 301 Upper Thomson Road, #01-88, Thomson Plaza, Singapore 574408
Prata Party at Al Jasra Restaurant
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Short for Roti Prata, this circular (sometimes squarish) flattened dough is Singaporeans’ go-to dish for supper. Pratas are fried and usually eaten plain or with egg and paired with Indian curry (or sugar for the young ones, or those young at heart). Seemingly simple and perhaps uninteresting, the crispy texture of the fried dough soaked in fish, chicken or mutton curry makes for a surprisingly satisfying meal.
While it’s often associated with supper, it’s not unusual for Singaporeans to crave for prata in the middle of the day.
At Al Jasra Restaurant, you can choose from 16 prata flavours at its prata buffet which is available 24 hours daily. Pop by any time and choose from classic savoury flavours like egg, cheese, masala, and onion, or check out the sweet creations – strawberry, pineapple, chocolate or honey, and watch the cooks create the dish right in front of your eyes. If you’re adventurous enough, you can even request to have a custom order with the available flavours.
Buffet Hours: 24 hours, daily
Venue: 459 Changi Rd, Singapore 419882
Celebrate The Peranakan Culture at Chilli Padi Nonya Café
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The term Peranakan means “locally born” in Malay, and refers to the descendants of traders who married local women in Southeast Asia centuries ago. The Peranakan community in Singapore is predominantly Peranakan Chinese, with a smaller group of Peranakan Indians known as Chitty Melaka.
Apart from their vibrant and intricate clothing, the Peranakans are also known for their unique Nonya cuisine that combines Chinese ingredients with cooking techniques used by the Malay and Indian community.
Chilli Padi Nonya Café is one of the rare few places in Singapore that pays tribute to the rich Peranakan culture through food. Sample the colourful Nyonya Kueh-Kuehs and tantalise your taste buds with their flavourful signature dishes such as Ayam Bua Kuluak and Sayur Lodeh.
Price: Adults $12.80++/pax, Children $9.80++/pax
Buffet Hours: 3pm to 5.15pm, Sat, Sun, and Public Holidays
Venue: 29 Heng Mui Keng Terrace, #06-21 (Ground Level), Singapore 119620
Dine In The Woodlands At HOUSE On Dempsey Hill
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If you love pretty Instagram-worthy places, you’ll want to check out HOUSE. Set in the middle of Dempsey Hill, the restaurant’s welcoming lush garden ambience puts you at ease the moment you step foot in. The pieces of art dotting the restaurant walls, along with the matching vintage-style furniture also makes for a visual feast.
Separated into three different stations – Savoury, Sweet, and Sandwiches, the high tea buffet features 20 different creations that reflect their innovative combinations of local and global flavours. HOUSE gives the classic high tea menu a refreshing twist with offerings such as healthy fresh greens from Edible Gardens and indulgent almond brownies and charcoal scones.
Here’s the exciting part: they operate by a rotating menu of 30 dishes, so you can always expect something different whenever you come back for their high tea.
Buffet Hours: 3.00pm to 5.30pm, Fridays
Venue: 8D Dempsey Rd, Singapore 249672
Best of East And West at The Rose Veranda, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
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Get the best of the East and the West at The Rose Veranda, located at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore. It is one of the most established restaurants that has been serving high tea buffet since its introduction in 1991.
Pamper yourself with classic afternoon tea delights such as English tea sandwiches, pastries, and sweets paired with artisanal tea selections from local purveyors. Also available are roasts at the carving station, Asian delights including a variety of Dim Sum and The Rose Veranda’s very own Signature Laksa.
Not only is it conveniently located within the Orchard Road area, the high tea buffet at Rose Veranda is also available every day. The buffet feast is open for up to five and a half hours, so you can truly experience what it’s like to have an authentic high tea affair: relax and enjoy the gorgeous spread like a tai-tai as you sample 164 types of premium teas offered.
Price: Adults $52++/pax, children $26++/pax
Buffet Hours: Monday to Thursday 11.30am – 5pm, Friday to Sunday, and Public Holidays 3pm to 6pm
Venue: 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore Mezzanine Level, Tower Wing