It’s officially summer, and as we get ready to welcome — or perhaps brave — the warmer weather, five-star hotels and Bangkok’s standout restaurants are beginning to unveil new afternoon tea sets. And what better way to while away your afternoons than by enjoying divine, bite-sized delicacies? Whether you’re in search of seasonal pastries, or just love a good cup of tea and Canapé, we’ve got you. To add to your list of things to do, here are our picks of the best tea time treats to indulge on this May.
Not only is summer upon us, but it’s also cherry blossom season! Inspired by Japanese Sakura flowers, The Okura Prestige’s Up & Above Bar celebrates the season of the pink blooms with a delectable — and incredibly photogenic! — array of delights. Savoury items include smoked ham and karashi sandwiches with smoked pickle, shrimp and apple salad choux and warm poached eggs served with truffle and potato espuma. The sweet treats lean towards the creamy side, and are redolent with fragrant flavours of spring. Expect the likes of sakura chocolate praline, sakura mont blanc and even cherry blossom macarons. The set ends off on a refreshing finale of peach sorbet. For your tea of choice, we highly recommend pairing everything with the specially crafted Sakura Mariage Frères tea.
THB1,290++ for two (includes premium coffee or tea). Available from 2-5pm, until June 30, 2019. Up & Above Bar, The Okura Prestige Bangkok. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2687 9000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cherry blossom route is one way to get a taste of Japan — Shangri-La Hotel’s Lobby Lounge presents another. Curated by the hotel’s new executive pastry chef Christoph Widmer, the new afternoon tea set is themed after Ginza, Tokyo in the 1920s. Expressing authentic Nippon flavours through minimalistic presentations, expect delectable treats perfect for those who love the sugary and sweet. What’s more is the aesthetics and flavours do not in any way compromise on quality — the strawberry shortcake is made with fresh strawberries from the Togichi Prefecture, while the Uji Green Tea Castella Cake uses only the finest green tea from the ancient city of Uji.
THB1,398++ for two (includes a grand selection of Sri Lankan teas). 2-6pm. The Lobby Lounge, Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2236 9952 or visit shangri-la.com.
High tea meets fashion in The St. Regis Bangkok’s latest afternoon tea set, as executive chef Christopher Miller joins hands with renowned Thai fashion designer Tawn Chatchavalvong to create a special edition high tea experience, inspired by both the St. Regis in New York and its elegant venue in Bangkok. Following his signature silhouettes, Tawn C. designed special obelisk-shaped tea stands, referencing the iconic Manhattan skyline. The design doesn’t just stop there — he even designed a full look that will be worn by all the hotel’s associates during afternoon tea. Food-wise, expect the best of both worlds. The experience begins with servings of caviar, chive and sour cream cornets, complemented by sparkling tomato essence poured from a champagne bottle. Further down the set you have other New York-inspired bites, including oysters Rockefeller, pastrami and mustard on rye and smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels. Sweets do not disappoint — the cheesecake is given a Thai twist with bitter orange and gooseberries, and the kanom babin comes in flavours like chocolate and coconut. The delights are served with complimentary TWG or coffee.
THB2,100++ for two (includes two cocktails). THB1,900++ for just tea and coffee. Until May 31, 2019. The St. Regis Bar and The Drawing Room, The St. Regis Bangkok Hotel. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2207 7777, or email email@example.com.
So maybe you’re looking for something really out-of-the-box for your high tea checklist this May. For a taste of creativity at its finest, head over to Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, where they’ve joined hands with renowned photographer Visarute Angkatavanich to launch the photography exhibition ‘The Beauty of Siam: Anantara Siamese Fighting Fish’. To complement the exhibition, a special afternoon tea set has also been created at the lobby of the hotel. Tea connoisseurs have a lot to look forward to as Mariage Frères teas are paired with vanilla strawberry swiss rolls, green matcha cake and colourful delicacies. Enjoy an afternoon of sweet and savoury, surrounded by the vibrant photographic hues of the Siamese fighting fish and floral decor.
THB950 per person for an Afternoon tea buffet (available every Saturday and Sunday). THB850 per set (includes one drink of either tea or coffee). Until May 31, 2019. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2365 7500, or visit anantara.com.
Though afternoon tea might have originated as a quintessentially British pastime, today the variations are endless. The Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok’s Erawan Tea Room for instance is offering a set of authentic Thai treats. On the savoury front, expect a delicious selection including the likes of chor muang sai poo — steamed flower-shaped dumplings filled with crab meat — to goong hom sabai, or deep-fried prawn served in egg noodle wrap. Dessert selections have both Eastern and Western classics, ranging from the ever-popular mango with sticky rice, to more traditional numbers such as kanom krok, and also scones served with clotted cream and homemade strawberry jam. The set is served with a selection of coffee or tea. THB650++ per person. 2:30-6pm, until June 30. 2019. Erawan Tea Room, Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2254 6250, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.