Review: Kyoto Afternoon Tea at Raffles Singapore

Following on the heels of our Raffles Singapore’s Grand Lobby Sakura Afternoon Tea experience last month comes the second instalment in a two-part affair. This time, we journeyed to Kyoto, a place I’ve visited once and loved, in the heart of the Land of the Rising Sun.

Fans are a symbol of prosperity in Japanese culture because of the way it spreads out, as seen in this decorative centrepiece stand

A testament to the popularity of these thematic Afternoon Tea experiences, the Kyoto Afternoon Tea is running until the end of May—before we’re swept up and away to the next thrilling destination.

Tables decorated with orchids, the national flower of Singapore

The Kyoto Afternoon Tea, curated by Executive Pastry Chef Tai Chien Lin, consists of a plate of savouries featuring a juicy beef sando katsu bechamel (amazing), surimi with mayo and tobiko egg, and Japanese omelettes with ikura.

The highlight of the Kyoto Afternoon Tea experience

Our sumptuous spread of tea, home-baked scones and fine tableware

Moving up the silver stand tier brings you to the sweets, including yuzu éclairs, Hojicha (Japanese green tea) tiramisu, strawberry shortcake, sakura monaka and chestnut tartlets. Not forgetting the Grand Lobby’s signature scones with clotted cream and strawberry rose petal jam, Mariage Frères tea menu and Billecart-Salmon Champagne.

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One of two towering alcoves that flank the main walkaway at the Grand Lobby

Having had the pleasure of indulging in these afternoon tea events that truly make a concerted effort to bring what many of us miss most during these times—discovering new places and cultures—to us, I must commend Raffles Singapore for offering us these decadent experiences. It must be said that dining at the Grand Lobby is something notable. Even amidst its regalness, towering grandeur and elegance, the space welcomes you with warm, open arms. It’s cosy—the kind of comfort that makes you want to tuck your leg under you on the couches—yet dignified. A space you’d want to return to again and again.
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Monday to Thursday: 1pm to 5pm
Friday to Sunday: 12pm to 6pm

The Kyoto Afternoon Tea (12 April-30 May) is priced at $88++ per guest and is offered alongside the signature Classic Afternoon Tea. All thematic afternoon tea reservations have to be made at least one day in advance. The Writers Bar handcrafted cocktails will be served from 5pm daily.


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Where – The Raffles Singapore,
1 Beach Rd, Singapore 189673

The luxe factor is:

10 Location
8 Service
7 Dining
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