At this point, we’re past moping around about Phase 2 (Heightened Alert)’s no-dine-in restrictions. Instead, we should focus on working around it while making stay-home life just a tad bit better. Besides, things appear to be looking up based on Monday’s address by PM Lee, and with a concerted effort, we should be on track to resuming some form of normalcy.
So, while we’re here, let’s make the most of it. Dress up, put on some music, and make an afternoon out of a fancy-schmancy tea-time meal with your loved ones or just by yourself. Here are 5 afternoon high-tea deliveries for a mid-week repose.
1. The Marmalade Pantry
Remember when you’d gather your Saturday squad at The Marmalade Pantry for an afternoon of coffee and cakes? Not that much has to change; have it at home now (with a maximum of two guests, of course).
The Afternoon High Tea Set for 2 persons (S$54++) features an array of treats I personally wouldn’t want to miss–find roast beef sandwiches, open-face truffle egg mayo and cranberry chicken sandwiches spicy crabmeat dip with fried mantou, and lemon meringue tarts, amongst others. However, if you’ve got a bigger crowd at home, then A Royal Afternoon High Tea Set for 2-3 persons (S$80) is what you’re looking for. On top of the bite-sized treats, you’ll also receive a S$10 The Marmalade Pantry Dining Voucher with no minimum spend; call that thinking ahead for your next order.
For Mastercard users, get free delivery with a minimum spend of S$100 when you check out with the promo code “MCFREE”. But even without Mastercard, you can still hop onto the free delivery train with a minimum spend of S$50, but only on Mondays with the promo code “LOVEMON“. You can place your orders with The Marmalade Pantry here.
If you’re missing your favourite restaurant along Gardens By The Bay, first of all, that’s a strong case of first world problems, and secondly, I feel you. POLLEN‘s gorgeous interior and even yummier fare make it hard not to fall in love with the place.
While you might not exactly be dining amidst lush foliage (or actually, just drag all 40 of your house plants and surround yourself with them, you gotta do what you gotta do), POLLEN’s High Tea Set For 2 (S$48) is the stuff of dreams. We’re talking Gruyere Cheese Gougeres, Buttered Leek and Cheddar Quiches, Passionfruit Macarons, Cotto Ham and Cheese Sandwiches, and even more.
3. The Cake Shop
The Cake Shop offers an equally delightful range of bites for a wallet-friendly option, but without breaking the bank.
Here’s where you’ll find light refreshments such as freshly baked scones with butter and jam, charcoal tuna sandwiches, mini assorted chicken & mushroom puffs, cream puffs, mini swiss rolls in assorted flavours, and other canapés along with a complimentary triple tier high tea dessert stand. So you won’t just be feasting like royalty; you’ll feel exactly like it too.
The Cake Shop offers free delivery for purchases worth S$150 and above in a single receipt. You can place your orders here.
4. 2am: Dessert Bar
A concept by Janice Wong, 2am: Dessert Bar has long pushed the boundaries of desserts, redefining the traditional post-dinner indulgence.
For a touch of finesse, the Kyoto Zen Garden High Tea at Home (S$120) is a pastry box for two inspired by some of the most iconic teas from Japan—Matcha, Genmaicha, Soba Cha, Hojicha and my personal favourite, Gyokuro. You’ll taste these teas in the form of the dainty tiramisu cup, mochi cake, bonbons, chocolate rocks, and more. The stand is also included for your stacking and photo-taking pleasure.
Be sure to pre-order your high tea sets one day in advance for delivery.
5. SCRATCH Bakeshop
Muslim-owned Scratch Bakeshop offers grub that’s not only delicious but also halal.
The Signature Afternoon Tea Box (S$85) feeds two to four people that features a great mix of savoury and sweet treats that are set to dissolve your afternoon woes. Some high tea tidbits to expect include English Buttermilk Scones, Mini Turkey Ham Sandwiches, Choux Au Craquelins, Fruit Tartelettes, and Petit Cheesecakes.
For clarification on items and/or flavours in the box, contact the SCRATCH staff at least one day in advance, and also note that items may be replaced with alternatives of the same value, should anything become unavailable at the time of order. SCRATCH Bakeshop strictly does not accept walk-ins. However, you can take a look at their menu here.
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