From now till March 31, the Atrium of Pan Pacific Singapore will serve up an elegant, Japanese-inspired afternoon tea menu ($44), served in specially crafted tiered stands made to resemble the restaurant’s iconic floating pods. Start with bites of California maki and salmon quiche topped with ikura. Other novel creations include sandwiches layered with smoked trout and seaweed; a tamago sando-inspired egg sandwich and milk butter roll; and a charcoal brioche stuffed with crab meat and corn. Desserts come in the form of classic dark chocolate cake and earl grey macaron, raspberry and lychee roulade, and mochi filled with white bean paste. Our favourites: Dainty sweets, including a monaka, or roasted rice wafer shell sandwiched between matcha mousse and azuki red bean paste. Sudachi, a type of Japanese citrus, is also used to make a delightfully sour-sweet tart. In keeping with the theme, apart from the usual coffee and tea, the Japanese-inspired tea set also comes with warm and cold versions of matcha green tea latte.
Afternoon tea is a quintessentially British tradition. Call it a colonial hang-up but it's also one of our favourite ways to while away an afternoon. What's not to love about pressing pause and spending time with a good cuppa, delectable sweets and savouries, and a plush, comfortable sofa? Here's where to go to raise your pinkies and clink glasses.