Raffles Hotel brings back sakura-themed afternoon tea for a taste of Japan in spring

by Christabel Tan

‘Tis the season for themed afternoon teas. As spring rolls in, the image of Japanese cherry blossoms in full bloom comes to mind. It is a dream of mine to visit Japan for hanami (flower viewing), but till then, the Sakura Afternoon Tea at the Grand Lobby in Raffles Hotel will have to do.

Photo: Raffles Hotel Singapore

Afternoon tea is always served in the iconic Grand Lobby. Bask in its opulence as you sip tea and channel your inner tai tai. If you’ve got a date (or a mother-in-law) to impress, bringing them for tea at Raffles Hotel is a sure-fire way to win some brownie points.

Seasonal Japanese-inspired delights

sakura afternoon
Photo: Raffles Hotel Singapore

The latest in the line-up of Thematic Afternoon Tea experiences that take diners around the world, the Sakura Afternoon Tea (S$98 per pax) runs from 7 March to 15 May 2022. Take a trip to Japan in the springtime as you indulge in a selection of sweet and savoury teatime treats inspired by the seasonal sakura.

Photo: Raffles Hotel Singapore

Start off with nibbles like Beef Sando with Katsu Bechamel and Surimi Sandwich Mayo and Tobiko Egg, as well as your choice of “Mariage Frères” tea or Raffles custom-blended coffee.

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Photo: Raffles Hotel Singapore

Feast your eyes on the pretty-in-pink desserts crafted by Executive Pastry Chef Tai Chien Lin, including the likes of Sakura Strawberry Verrine, Red Bean Sakura Ice Cream Monaka, and Coconut Raspberry Sakura Tartlet. And of course, who can go without the quintessential homemade scones served with clotted cream and strawberry rose jam?

Reservations must be made at least one day in advance here.

Do note that the Sakura Afternoon Tea will be unavailable from 11 to 17 April 2022.

Sakura Afternoon Tea
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???? Raffles Hotel Singapore: Grand Lobby, 1 Beach Rd, Singapore 189673
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