Honolulu | Afternoon Tea at Moana Surfrider

Friday, February 28, 2014 0 No tags Permalink 0

Tea for two in Honolulu ^_^

It’s not often that afternoon tea comes with a view like this.

We’re at the Veranda of Moana Surfrider and that’s Waikiki Beach on the other side of the balcony. 

Here’s what the tea service looked like in 2010 (so long ago!) and in 2013.

I did both those teas with Kristen…remember her from Alinea? She is the best eating buddy a girl could ask for.

They recently revamped the tea menu. Here are the options:

  • First Lady Tea Service – the basic plus berries/crème fraîche/brown sugar, sparkling rosè, and a sandalwood fan (which does come in handy)
  • Moana Classic Tea Service – the basic plus ginger biscotti and chocolate pot de crème
  • Veranda Tea Service – the basic three tier tea service and lemongrass-green tea sorbet

Six types of teas.

Three are custom blends for the hotel by The Tea Chest: Moana Sunset, Moana Royal, and Veranda Breeze.

The other three include: Jasmine, Darjeeling, and Lemon-Rooibos.

I’m a fan of Veranda Breeze, a velvety blend of black tea with vanilla from the Big Island and caramel.

The new tea sandwiches are their best yet (and I’ve been coming here for 15 years!)

Smoked salmon, cucumber, and chives on white.

Pâté, mango chutney, and cilantro on a warm roll. 

Gougère and prosciutto. 

The raisin scones have been replaced with blueberry scones. Mini versions…

…served with lemon curd and devonshire cream.

Time for another refill. Mom and I like to trades pots halfway through, so I drank Moana Sunset (black tea with mango and ‘ohelo berry) for the second part of tea. 

And then it’s onto the desserts ^_^

The lightest Kona coffee cheesecake…

…followed by mango macarons.

Strawberry mousse…

…and caramel butter cookies.

My favorite? The haupia roll cake!

Hope you brought your appetite because there is more to come!

Fresh berries topped with brown sugar and tons of crème fraîche. I love crème fraîche.

Tea at the Surfrider always (for as long as I can remember) ends with lemongrass-green tea sorbet. 

Till next time ^_^

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