Singapore 2016: Afternoon Tea at Raffles Hotel

Singapore 2016: Afternoon Tea at Raffles Hotel

Two of the “must-do” things I had on my list for Singapore was to experience having a Singapore Sling and Afternoon tea at the world renowned Raffles Hotel.  I had to make reservations for afternoon tea a few months in advance as it is really popular amongst Singapore residents and definitely worth it so that you can see the beautiful Raffles Hotel grounds.  Going early we first went to the Long Bar located on the 2nd floor of the hotel to grab an original Singapore Sling in the bar where it was created, the interior is reminiscent of the Indochina style with dark wood, wicker furniture and palm fans.  The Singapore Sling was delicious, sweet and went down like juice.  We then made our way to the Tiffin Room on the west side of the hotel facing a courtyard for our afternoon tea reservation.  This afternoon tea was a bit unique in that not only are you presented with the traditional English style 3 tier tray of tasty sandwiches (the egg, mayo and chives was the standout sandwich) and beautifully baked petit fours but also included is a buffet full of different scones, savouries, fruit, hot desserts, iced teas and a selection of dim sum items.  Items like: siew mai, spinach dumpling and mini char siew pau.  It was truly an overload of food (good thing I don’t make afternoon teas a regular habit ;)).  Because afternoon tea was so filling, we decided to skip dinner that night and since we were only in Singapore for 48 hours we really needed more time to experience hawker style food.

The beautiful facade of Raffles Hotel.

The beautiful facade of Raffles Hotel.

The west courtyard and beautiful fountain.

The west courtyard and beautiful fountain.

One of the many outdoor courtyard spaces at the hotel.

One of the many outdoor courtyard spaces at the hotel.

The open air front entrance to Raffles Hotel.

The open air front entrance to Raffles Hotel.

The original Long Bar where the first ever Singapore Sling was created and served.

The original Long Bar where the first ever Singapore Sling was created and served.

The original Singapore Sling.

The original Singapore Sling.

The beautiful interior of the Tiffin Room.

The beautiful interior of the Tiffin Room.

Three tier tray full of finger sandwiches and petit fours.

Three tier tray full of finger sandwiches and petit fours.

Selection of finger sandwiches: tuna mayo, smoked salmon and cream cheese, cucumber and cream cheese, egg mayo and chives, and turkey ham and chicken.

Selection of finger sandwiches: tuna mayo, smoked salmon and cream cheese, cucumber and cream cheese, egg mayo and chives, and turkey ham and chicken.

First tray of desserts: raspberry madeleines, basil panna cotta with strawberries, and coconut cake with kalamansi curd.

First tray of desserts: raspberry madeleines, basil panna cotta with strawberries, and coconut cake with kalamansi curd.

The second tray of desserts: citrus tartlets and chocolate praline cakes.

The second tray of desserts: citrus tartlets and chocolate praline cakes.

From the buffet: raisin scone, vegetarian dumpling, mini chicken and shrimp siew mai, mini char siew pau, spinach dumpling, and chicken curry pie.

From the buffet: raisin scone, vegetarian dumpling, mini chicken and shrimp siew mai, mini char siew pau, spinach dumpling, and chicken curry pie.

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