Best high teas for the weekend: MO BAR at Mandarin Oriental, SKAI, Atlas Bar, and more
So between rushing those work deadlines and dealing with the kids (and hubby) as you #WFH, you might really just be in dire need of a relaxing time away from everything — pronto. But what with the dearth of films and early closing times for bars, we're all starting to run out of grand ideas to spend the weekend away. So as short-lived as it may sound, a Saturday afternoon with the girls — sipping and sharing all the tea over little cakes and pastries — could possibly be the best short-term getaway for you right now. To help you out, we've listed a couple of delectable high teas in town. Now, time to start thinking about who's going to be sitting at your table of five. Choose wisely.
1864 at Sofitel City Centre
Brunch is for the Americans, and afternoon tea, for the British (or so they say). And 1864 knows how to enjoy it just as the Brits do. From Scones with Cream and Jam, to Stuffed Camembert Cheese on Waffle Croissants and Vanilla Panna Cotta with Berry Compote, their Afternoon Tea menu proffers a delectable range of high tea treats that you'd love if you came looking for the classic gourmet score. Time to sit down, relax and enjoy a good solid cuppa.
1864 Afternoon Tea is served from 2 to 5pm at $78++ for 2 persons.
Find out more about 1864 Afternoon Tea here.
MO BAR at Mandarin Oriental Singapore
Always been more of a seafood kind of gal? MO BAR's Weekend Brunch menu is reeling in all the freshest fish in town with the bar's signature Seafood Platter. From seasonal oysters to Maine lobster, they're offering an array of grand picks — and that's just for starters. Choose three other dishes from a range of on-hand snacks to hot main courses to complete the sumptuous meal; they've even got some plant-based options for their highly recommended MO BAR Burger. The full package comes in at S$98+ per person and you can even add on a free-flow beverage package at S$58+ to get your mid-afternoon cocktail fix in.
The MO BAR Brunch Menu is available from 12 to 2.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Find out more about MO BAR Weekend Brunch here.
Alley on 25 at Andaz Singapore
Here's one that won't break the bank just yet. Alley on 25 in Andaz Singapore offers a Peranakan twist to the English afternoon tea spread. Going for a more picnic sort of vibe, thePink Afternoon Tea menu comes in a picnic basket with two tiffin carriers housing a series of savoury treats such as lobster tartlets to sweet fruit cakes and rich panna cotta desserts. There's free flow of lemonade, tea and coffee; just to complete the indoor picnic meal. The Andaz Pink Afternoon Tea comes in at $48 per person but you can top up S$40 for free flow of wines, beer and prosecco as well.
The Alley on 25 Afternoon Tea is available from 3 to 5pm on Mondays to Sundays.
Find out more about Alley on 25 Pink Afternoon Tea here.
Great Gatsby feels, anyone? With an interior worthy of people popping their heads past the doors every now and then, Atlas is one that's built for the 'Gram. Located in the central Bugis area, the Atlas Afternoon Tea is ready to offer you a medley of sweet and savoury bites served with your choice of prestigious tea blends. Their tea selection alone is a nod to their specialty in beverages, and just after your 3-5 dine time, you're more than welcome to start on a champagne or two. With bars closing earlier these days, we think it wouldn't hurt to start your drinking just a little earlier in the evening.
The Atlas Tea Selection Set is available from $56 a person, and the Prestige Tea Selection Set is $60 a person.
Find out more about Atlas Bar here.
SKAI at Swissotel The Stamford
The one with a view. Granted, since you're perched on the 70th floor. Using a luxe range of ingredients from foie gras to truffle, the SKAI High Tea is ready to offer you only the best treats in town — coupled with a grand view. So gossip all you want, we're sure no one is going to hear you from all the way up here.
SKAI High Tea is available from 3 to 5pm from Sundays to Fridays at $60 per person. Their Saturday Brunch menu is available at $158 per person.
Find out more about SKAI here.