High Tea Hop: Afternoon Tea Sets to Try this October

Entering October, Bangkok’s five-star hotels and standout cafes are beginning to unveil new afternoon tea sets to celebrate the new season. We at Prestige are personally avid advocators of the afternoon tea ritual — what better way is there really to while away your afternoons, than by enjoying divine, bite-sized delicacies paired with a warm drink? Whether you’re in search of seasonal pastries or just love a good cup of tea and Canapé, we’ve got you covered with our roundup of the best tea-time treats to indulge on this October — psst, one of them is fully vegan!

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Autumn Orange Afternoon Tea at The Okura Prestige Bangkok

Regulars at The Okura Prestige Bangkok’s Up & Above Bar will know that with the start of a new season always comes an exciting new theme for their afternoon tea sets. This month, visitors can expect to enjoy a selection of delights based around the orange-tinted season of autumn. While away your afternoons with warm, bronzed bites including Koyo themed macarons, potted yuzu creme, as well as chocolate pralines, orange almond cakes and more. Fans of the scones will delight to see them served with orange zest, as well as the classic artisanal clotted creme. If you’re not so much of a sweet tooth, worry not — the savoury side is just as big of a highlight here as their sweet counterparts. Indulge on toothsome bites such as roast ham and orange compote, smoked salmon, and mini egg mimosa brioche buns, or a serving of mozzarella confit with pesto on ciabatta. All of this comes nicely paired with a cup of rich illy coffee, or perhaps a pot of freshly brewed premium mariage freres tea — a drink with lovely citrusy notes. 

THB1,299++ (includes illy coffee, mariage freres or saro tea for two). 2-5pm, available daily until December 31, 2019. Up & Above Bar, The Okura Prestige Bangkok. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2687 9000, or email upandbove@okurabangkok.com.

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A Fairytale Afternoon Tea at 137 Pillars Suites & Residences

Our beloved luxury boutique hotel brings yet another fantasy fable to life this month, with an afternoon tea set that takes you on a journey into the magical and enchanting world of Beauty and the Beast. Through an array of sweet and savoury delights, ‘A Fairytale Afternoon Tea’ pays tribute to the timeless saga, as well as the unconditional love and “happily ever after” that it represents. Food-wise, expect a whimsical menu of artful bites, ranging from traditional buttermilk scones, to macarons, tarts, and a caramel rosette that reinterprets Belle’s dress. In the “Savoury Chapter”, we see charming servings of smoked salmon, escargot croissants with indulgent earthy black truffles, and a brioche near-bursting with lobster among many more. 

THB1,200++ per person for an afternoon tea set. THB2,150++ for an afternoon tea set served with Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial Champagne Miniature (200ml). 1-3pm, 3:30-5pm, every Friday – Sunday until December 1, 2019. 137 Pillars Suites & Residences. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2079 7000.

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Organic By Nature at The St. Regis Bangkok

Jumping on the current trend where health reigns supreme, The St. Regis Bangkok has launched a new afternoon tea experience, offering indulgent delicacies made using certified organic and nutritional ingredients. Taking conscious consumption seriously, flour, butter, sugar, and olive oil used to create the set are all locally sourced whenever possible — even the servings of fresh prawns and mango flax seed crackers. Fans of The St. Regis New York cheesecake needn’t worry, as the iconic dessert makes an appearance, this time reinterpreted as a raw cashew nut cheesecake lathered with passionfruit syrup. Known for fatty acid content that is kind to the heart, as well as the ability to promote healthy levels of good cholesterol and form a cheese-like consistency — minus the calories — this means the sweet treat can now be fully enjoyed without being a guilty pleasure. Other healthy reinterpretations include the breadless sandwich, where bread has been replaced with organic cucumber — all organic local vegetables and chicken have been sourced from the Doi Kham Royal Project in Chiang Mai. 

THB1,600++ per set for two people (includes tea or coffee for two). 2-5pm, until November 30. The Drawing Room, The St. Regis Bangkok Hotel. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2207 7777, or visit stregisbangkok.com

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Vegan and Gluten Free Afternoon Tea Set at The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok Hotel

Also hopping on the health-conscious bandwagon this month is the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, where the newly appointed executive pastry chef Pablo Gicquel has unveiled a new afternoon tea set that is completely vegan and gluten-free. Those who abide by the vegan lifestyle in Bangkok can now rejoice, as the tea set comes with an extensive array of highlights, including a vegan protein and cheddar cheese puff, vegan sausages, charcoal tarts with pumpkin and black truffle, along with almond cakes with mandarin marmalade, and a must-try scone with golden sultana and granny smith apple — topped with a swathe of homemade jam and tofu spread. Whether or not you yourself are vegan, the bites are still definitely worth a try, as each comes with a myriad of health benefits from lowering your risk of heart disease, to helping you maintain healthy blood sugar levels — and, you know, you’re also fitting in a bit of do-good for mother nature. All the delights are served with a choice of freshly brewed coffee, or fine teas.

THB1,767 per person. 12-6pm, until October 31, 2019. The Authors’ Lounge, The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok Hotel. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2659 9000, or visit mandarinoriental.com

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