You could enjoy your afternoon tea complete with fine china and silver service, but if you're looking to break free from the traditional shackles of three-tiered offerings, head down to these outlets that are giving convention a good run for its money.
Salt Tapas & Bar
#01-22A Raffles City Shopping Centre. Tel: 6837 0995
What's not to love about nibbling on jamon and manchego while sharing a bottle of Sangiovese wine with friends? It's no wonder Luke Mangan's buzzy tapas joint fills up quickly in the evenings. Now that the restaurant has rolled out its daily afternoon tea offerings, it looks like the crowd will be trickling in even before the clock strikes 5. Dubbed the "Jardin Afternoon Tea Set", the chefs have done away with the traditional three-tiered service to present a wooden tray filled with seven different sweet and savoury bites.
Expect to find the likes of pork belly sliders, raspberry rhubarb tarts, and choux pastries stuffed with matcha or Grand Marnier-infused custard. Taking the garden inspiration further are edible chocolate soil and dark chocolate tree logs that set the stage for this whimsical showcase. Besides the usual selection of coffee or tea, diners will get to choose from three tea-infused mocktails to go with their meal.
8D Dempsey Road. Tel: 6475 7787
The Spa Esprit Group's collaboration with Edible Gardens has given birth to the localvore-friendly Open Farm Community — but it's a partnership that's bearing fruit in more ways than one. This time around, the menu for House's popular afternoon tea spread has been updated to feature over 30 new creations that incorporate all manner of fresh herbs and vegetables grown by the local farming community.
Don't expect to find your usual afternoon tea fare here. Yes, there are tuna mayo sandwiches, but the menu's dotted with inspired creations such as salmon and cream cheese rolls lashed with basil-infused truffle honey, curry leaf almond brownies, and sweet potato leaf fried rice. Served buffet-style, you certainly won't be leaving this tea session hungry. Served every Thursday and Friday from 3pm to 5.30pm.