Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Afternoon Tea - Langham Hotel

One of the things I love is afternoon tea, anywhere.  
You can see the tea lounge that they have all sorts of mix to choose from. 
When you sit down, they give you the nice menu, with a lovely drawing of the back of the hotel.  Very vintage-y and very classy.
They even have a brief history of afternoon tea and how it came about.
You get a lovely lounge with piano player accompanied your afternoon tea.  If it's not too bright outside, they will draw the curtains open and you will have a lovely view of the back garden.
Remember all those tea back there?  They do have a long list to choose from.  There are 4 of them that are propriety blend, specially made for the Langham, so much so that people often buy them on its own.

This one I've got is the Palm Court, which has Chinese white tea, Hibiscus tea, Rosehip, Pink Rose petals.  It smells good and tasted good too.  It doesn't have much caffeine and it's very light to the palette.
The tea is very much inspired by the decoration on the table...
Of course, what is afternoon tea without the lovely finger sandwiches?!  In the traditional tea set, they have the cucumber and watercress sandwich, pear on potato bread with blue cheese mousse, salmon with caper (ate it before I took the photo), ham and egg and prosciutto sandwich, pesto marinated shrimp.
For the sweet course, we have a chocolate cupcake with raspberry frosting, vanilla macaron, passion apricot gold cone, checkerboard cookie, chocolate creme brulee tart, strawberry and pistachio cake, chocolate white coffee cake.  Very delicious.
Of course you cannot have tea without clotted cream and lemon curd.  
We have the orange tea bread, cranberry scone, and blueberry scone.  Nice and warm.
close up on the macaron, look at how pretty it is!
Yummy chocolate coffee cake... so so so delicious!

They also have another tea set, the Royal tea set has all the Traditional tea set with strawberry and whip cream, and glass of champagne.  On Sundays, they have Chocolate tea, which from what I understand is very popular with the kids.  Needless to say, as the name suggested, you get chocolate everything, including a chocolate fountain.  I wish I had known about it and tried to be there for it.  Can only imagine how yummy that'll be.

They do not have specific seating, you just need to make reservation ahead of time so they have enough food for you.  People usually make an occasion out of attending tea, so there are birthdays, celebrations and what nots.  So just for that a reservation is worth your time.

Tiffin Afternoon Tea
at Langham Pasadena
1401 S. Knoll Ave
Pasadena, CA 91106
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1 comment:

Julia S. said...

Fancy! Beautiful finger sandwich presentation. Thought it was dessert at first.