From Peranakan to vintage and halal to vegetarian, sate your post-lunch hunger at these spots.

Carousel [Halal]

At Carousel, high tea (Mon-Thu 3.30-5.30pm; $42++ adults, $27++ child) is a sumptuous affair. Feast on fresh salmon, tilapia and tuna sashimi, with oden or shabu-shabu on rotation. There’s also an array of seafood on ice and a deli corner that offers delish beef pastrami sandwiches. Toss up a salad, or make a beeline for the Singapore rojak station and kueh pie tee. Another local fave is the nasi lemak, with dishes like sotong petai masak hitam and ikan siakap lada hijau ikan billis. Sweet treats include ice kachang and three flavoured chocolate fountains. Complimentary parking for high tea diners till 31 March. Lobby Level Royal Plaza on Scotts, 25 Scotts Road. Tel: 6589 7799

Chilli Padi Nonya Café (Heng Mui Keng Terrace)

Head to this cosy west-side peranakan cafe during (Sat-Sun & PH 3-5.15pm; $10.80++ adult, $7.80++ child) for a spread that includes chee cheong fun, siew mai, chwee kueh and kong bak pau. Help yourself to tauhu goreng, laksa, mee siam, kueh pie tee and fried items spring roll and samosa. From the Nyonya kueh table (10 varieties), colourful rainbow lapis, kueh kosui and kueh lapis await. Do visit on a Sunday if you, like us, love your bubur chacha. #06-21 (ground Level), 29 Heng Mui Keng Terrace. Tel: 6872 2982

House at Dempsey

The popular vintage high tea menu at House has just been refreshed with over 30 new items served on a rotational basis. This Hi-Tea (Thu-Fri 3-5.30pm, $30++) is inspired by The Spa Esprit group’s collaboration with edible gardens to support local farming. Fresh herbs and spices feature in dishes like sweet potato leaf fried rice, phad Thai salad and avocado and chocolate cake. 8DDempsey Road. Tel: 6475 7787

Kuvo Singapore

A view of the busy Orchard Road stretch is juxtaposed with the relaxing interior of Kuvo. The weekend high tea (Sat-Sun 2-5.30pm, $42++) includes a three-tier stand of Asian delights, gourmet sandwiches and your choice of tea or coffee. We personally like the TokyoSingapore tea and the nutty-citrus yuzu kukicha. From the buffet spread, fill up on danish pastries, peranakan delights, parma ham and a selection of cheeses. #02-01 Orchard Shopping Centre, 321 Orchard Road. Tel: 6733 8272

LingZhi Vegetarian [Vegetarian]

Bring a fellow veggie-loving friend to enjoy their hi-tea buffet (Sat-Sun & PH 3-5pm; $14.80++ adult, $9.80++ child below 12 years old; min. two to dine). Start with crisp-fried sweet potato with plum powder and braised mushrooms with spicy beancurd sauce, before diving into the mushroom and corn bisque. Be sure to get in many orders of their dim sum: steamed Teochew dumplings, vegetarian barbecued pork’ buns and crisp-fried yam croquettes. Fill up on fried noodles with vegetables and mushrooms and round off your meal with black sesame or almond cream and chilled beancurd with mixed fruits. Chinese tea at $1.50 per person and pickles charged at $2 per plate. #03-09 Velocity @ Novena Square, 238 Thomson Road. Tel: 6538 2992

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