Tea for two is pretty fun.
But sometimes…tea for one is even more pleasurable ^-^
Bubbles, tea, sweets and savories. I was in Bangkok last week and visited Mandarin Oriental for tea in the Authors’ Lounge (part of the hotels’ original structure built in 1879). Think bamboo and palm trees, white-washed rattan furniture, live guitar (look up and to the left!), a decidedly elegant colonial air. I stayed all afternoon and into early evening. And when a sudden summer thunderstorm preventing me from leaving, I skipped dinner for mai tais and jazz at The Bamboo Bar.
Three styles of afternoon tea are available – Traditional, Vegetarian (which includes a killer chocolate-apricot cake), and Mandarin Oriental Thai. I went with the Mandarin Oriental Thai…
…which begins with lychee sorbet and water chestnuts jewels.
Mariage Frères created a customized tea for Mandarin Oriental Bangkok. It’s called the Oriental, a brisk black tea base blended with with jasmine and mandarin oranges.
Let’s begin with the savories!
Lemongrass tuna on wheat, and egg salad (with Thai herbs) on soft beetroot bread.
Blue river prawns on brioche, and turmeric chicken with roasted chili jam on rice crackers.
Miang Kham (little salad bites wrapped in betel leaf) with tamarind.
Ok, ready for the sweets? On the middle tier…
Steamed coconut custard, potato, pumpkin, and sweet egg yolk bites.
Caramelized tangerine pudding and kalamansi-coconut macaron with chantilly cream.
Mung bean marizpan and coconut jellies.
And on the top…
Scones with clotted cream (steadily replenished!), pomelo marmalade, and mango-ginger jam.
Two types of scones! Pandan (pictured) and lemongrass-ginger scones.
Steamed pumpkin custard.
And my favorite two bites from the afternoon, a Thai tea chiffon cake…
…and fresh mango poundcake.
Till next time ^-^