High tea buffets to treat yourself with
Like many out there, I am guilty of spending my afternoons as a kid “drinking tea” with my Barbie dolls. Yet, growing up made me realise how high tea sessions are so out of my reach, simply because they are too atas and expensive. That is, until my best friend recommended Chilli Padi Nonya Cafe, which offers an affordable Peranakan high tea buffet. Since then, I’ve sifted out more high tea buffets that can fulfill my inner tai tai and yours too.
1. Chilli Padi Nonya Cafe
At $12.80++ for their Buffet High Tea, Chilli Padi Nonya Cafe – a Peranakan restaurant tucked away in NUS – offers a range of traditional Peranakan dishes that reminded my mama of her younger days back in Melaka. Many have sung praises about their laksa and kong ba pao – a steamed leaf-shaped bun kiaping together a slice of juicy braised pork and lettuce. Besides the savoury treats and variety of kueh available, you can also round your meal up with a bowl of DIY chendol. Don’t be shy to drown your ice shavings in gula melaka and those classic green worms, ‘cause no one will stop you.
Check out our full review of Chilli Padi Nonya Cafe!
Address: 29 Heng Mui Keng Terrace, #06-21 (ground level), Singapore 119620
Opening hours: Daily 11:15am to 9:30pm
High tea buffet hours: Sat-Sun & PH 3pm to 5:15pm
Tel: 6872 2982
2. Lao Beijing
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The gu zao (old-school) feels of this place will transport you back to 1980s’ China. Sip on some Chinese tea from a bone china cup, while indulging in Lao Beijing’s High Tea Buffet ($18.80++). Bring your grandparents here to talk about the good ol’ times and help yourself to five different kinds of noodles and an array of appetisers in addition to the dim sum ready to fill your tum tum.
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Address: 238 Thomson Road, #02-11/12, Velocity@Novena Square, Singapore 307683
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am to 3pm, 5:30pm to 10pm, Sat-Sun 11am to 5pm, 6pm to 10pm
High tea buffet hours: Sat-Sun 3pm to 5pm
Tel: 6358 4466
3. Tiffany Cafe & Restaurant
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Just a stone’s throw away from the Singapore River lies Tiffany Cafe & Restaurant. Their Weekend High Tea ($19.90++ for adults, $12.90++ for children) may have a spread of English and Asian cuisines, but what draws returning customers would be their Durian Pengat – a creamy, fragrant bomb that explodes with rich flavours in your mouth. If you don’t eat durian, don’t fret as they have a range of other desserts available as well.
Address: 60 Eu Tong Sen Street, Furama City Centre, Singapore 059804
Opening hours: Daily 6am to 10pm
High tea buffet hours: Sat-Sun 3pm to 5:30pm
Tel: 6531 5366
4. Yum Cha
How about a yum cha date with your mama? Located within Chinatown, Yum Cha offers a whole range of Cantonese dim sum for you to feast on. Their High Tea Dim Sum Buffet ($23.80++ for adults, $16.80++ for children) will spoil you with their menu of over 60 dishes, including crowd-favourites such as XLB, siew mai, and liu sha bao!
Address: 20 Trengganu Street, #02-01, Singapore 058479
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10:30am to 10:30pm, Sat-Sun & PH 9am to 10:30pm
High tea buffet hours: Mon-Fri 3pm to 6pm
Tel: 6372 1717
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Swatow prides itself on serving good quality dim sum and Teochew dishes. Drop by for their Dim Sum Hi-Tea Buffet ($19.80++ on weekdays, $22.80++ on weekends). Be attentive to the bell that indicates their pushcarts coming out, otherwise all the goodies will get snatched by other diners!
Address: Blk 181 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh, #02-602, Singapore 310181
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 10:30pm
High tea buffet hours: Daily 3pm to 5pm
Tel: 6363 1717
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High tea at Makan@Jen would be a great thing to have after a day of shopping along Orchard Road. Trade in $30++ for their Singapore High Tea Buffet which includes scones, a range of cakes, as well as coffee or tea. The high tea buffet ends on 30 June, so check it out while you can.
Address: 277 Orchard Road, Level 10, Hotel Jen Orchardgateway, Singapore 238858
Opening hours: Daily 6:30am to 11pm
High tea buffet hours: Sat-Sun & PH 3pm to 5pm
Tel: 6708 8899
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A scrumptious affair, Carousel’s High Tea Buffet ($42++ from Mon-Thur, $48++ from Fri-Sun & on PH) offers an array of fresh seafood, Western fare, and some classic hawker dishes. After indulging in their fresh salmon and tuna sashimi, wrap the meal up with their wide selection of desserts.
Address: 25 Scotts Road, Royal Plaza on Scotts, Singapore 228220
Opening hours: Daily 6:30am to 10am, 12pm to 2pm, 3:50pm to 5:30pm, 6:30pm to 9:30pm
High tea buffet hours: Daily 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Tel: 6589 7799
8. Ellenborough Market Cafe
Vintage tiles, blue walls, and chic tables and chairs all play a part in making Ellenborough Market Cafe the classy restaurant it is. Besides offering DIY kueh pie tie, Nyonya laksa, house-made otak, and other traditional Nyonya dishes, their Nyonya High Tea Buffet ($42++) also includes fresh sashimi, dim sum, and desserts! You’ll be filled to the brim with all these options.
Address: 20 Merchant Road, Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore, Singapore 058281
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 6:30am to 10.30am, 12pm to 2:30pm, 6:30pm to 10pm, Sat-Sun 6:30am to 10.30am, 12pm to 2:30pm, 3:30pm to 5:30pm, 6:30pm to 10pm
High tea buffet hours: Weekends, eve of PH & PH 3pm to 5pm
Tel: 6239 1848
9. L’Espresso at Goodwood Park Hotel
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An elegant affair, high tea at L’ Espresso at Goodwood Park Hotel will pamper you with a pool view and a collection of desserts including a chocolate fountain. Release your inner tai tai and pay for this English Afternoon Tea Buffet ($45++ from Mon-Thur, $48++ from Fri-Sun, on eve of PH & PH) to show yourself some love. If you’d like to go all out and relax with a glass of bubbly, there’s a more atas buffet option starting from $68++ that comes with a glass of Laurent-Perrier champagne.
Address: 22 Scotts Road, Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore 228221
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 12pm
High tea buffet hours: Mon-Thur 2pm to 5:30pm, Fri-Sun, eve of PH & PH 12pm to 2:30pm (first seating), 3pm to 5:30pm (second seating)
Tel: 6730 1743
10. Marriott Cafe
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If you can’t get enough of hawker fare, you’ll be glad to know that plenty of that will be available at Marriott Cafe’s High Tea Buffet – think char kway teow, chai tow kway, orh lua, and more. Their desserts are worthy mentions as well; be sure to try their highly raved Sticky Date Pudding.
Address: 320 Orchard Road, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, Singapore 238865
Opening hours: Daily 6am to 11am, 12pm to 2:30pm, 3pm to 5:30pm, 6:30pm to 10pm
High tea buffet hours: Daily 3pm to 5:30pm
Buffet prices: Mon-Fri $45++, Sat-Sun $48++
Tel: 6831 4605
Pamper yourself at these high tea buffets
Make your childhood dream of being a tai tai come true for a few hours at these high tea buffets. If buffets aren’t for you, here are some affordable high tea sessions to check out instead.