Mothers’ Day is 9 May, Sunday. Here are some prime spots to grab a nice cup of tea with Mum to say “thanks for giving me life”, the epicurean way.
By Penny K
1. Tiffin Room, Raffles Hotel
The Raffles Hotel is iconic and quintessentially English, and its pride and joy, The Tiffin Room, is an elegant and lofty tea room ideal for Mums whose idea of high tea is tea with cakes, scones with clotted cream and homemade jams, pastries and finger sandwiches. I will always remember this place as the one where I had my first taste of strawberries and cream. Dining at the Tiffin Room is such a novel experience and you’d wish for nothing more than to have tea time extended beyond 5.30pm.
High Tea (S$49++ Adult / S$25++ Child)
Daily – 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm
Advance reservations are highly recommended.
Tel: (65) 6412 1816 | Email firstname.lastname@example.org
1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673
2. Halia Restaurant, Botanic Gardens
Halia Restaurant, nestled amidst the lush greenery of the Botanic Gardens, will delight the senses of any nature loving mother. Enjoy buttery scones with ginger-perfumed fresh cream and home-style apricot and ginger jam, miniature cakes, open-faced sandwiches and flaky puff pastry. Select from a range of premium teas, herbal and floral infusions, the signature Halia Infusion (served chilled or hot) or freshly brewed coffee.
High tea $19 and up (based on reviews online)
Available From Monday to Saturday (except public holidays) – 3pm to 5pm.
For reservations call 6476 6711.
1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens
3. Foster’s An English Rose Cafe, Holland Village
This place brings back memories like no other; my mum and I used to sit here for hours every other Saturday for tea and scones. You can’t go far wrong with the Devonshire Cream Tea set. Although some say standard has dropped since it relocated from Palais Renaissance years ago to its new home at Holland Village, I still have a soft spot for its scones. Perhaps the good taste of their scones is aided by the wave of nostalgia and good memories that overwhelms me with every bite, but I do believe theirs are some of the best I’ve tasted. Served warm, thee scones are always fragrant and never without fresh cream and homemade strawberry jam – it is a must try. Forget about the set though, if you’re not into the finger sandwiches and fruit cakes which aren’t fantastic. Just go for the scones.
Devonshire Cream Tea $10.50
For reservations call 6466 8939.
277 Holland Avenue, Holland Village, Singpapore 278994
4. Jewels Artisan Chocolate, Orchard Central
Helmed by chocolatier Thien Chui Foong, Jewels Artisan Chocolate can be found in a nook at Orchard Central. Despite its location, the spot is takes up is quiet and a far cry from the bustling town below. Jewels specialises in handmade chocolates, each crafted with care using only the best ingredients. Aside from chocolates, their macaroons are to die for; I especially enjoyed the salted egg one which was an interesting and fine blend of sweet and savoury. The passion fruit macaroon is also delightful. If Mum has got a sweet tooth, then Jewels is the most precious choice.
Open daily 11am – 11pm
For reservations call 6509 8998
181 Orchard Road, #02-31/32 Orchard Central
5. Equinox Restaurant
If Mum is comfortable with height then Equinox, situated on the 70th floor of Swissotel, would be the perfect place for high tea, no pun intended. Food is served buffet style where you’ll find an international spread including sushi, pastas, local fare and desserts. Never been here before so while I cannot speak for the quality of the food, the view, does appeal to me.
High tea approximately $38 (based on online reviews)
3.30pm – 5.00pm (Daily)
For reservations call 6837 3322 or email email@example.com.
2 Stamford Road, 70F Swissotel The Stamford
Enjoy, and more importantly, make reservations now!