Afternoon tea at Rosewood Sand Hills is reason enough to stay at this Menlo Park resort.
Tea service takes place at Madera, $49/person.
Things to note: loose leaf tea is from Samovar Tea (an automatic plus) and the pastry chef comes from Per Se (which explains why all the petit fours and macarons were so wonderful).
Noelle and I couldn’t decide on just two types of tea…so we ordered all six. I have no restraint when it comes to tea. The more you taste, the more you learn. So why not?
- Bai Mu Dan
- Nishi Sencha
- Jasmine Pearl
- Golden Phoenix
- Earl Grey
- Turmeric Spice
Such colorful savories. I love that it was mix of sandwiches and more non-traditional creations. And each were two bites max, the perfect potion size.
Deviled egg salad and chives on toasted brioche, smoked salmon with crème fraîche red onions, and capers…
…a pinxto of cucumber, Asian pears, and preserved cherry blossoms, and shrimp and crab cake topped with remoulade. Needless to say, we devoured them all…
…refreshed the teapots and then proceeded straight to the scones and macarons.
The scones were still warm, sugar crusted and dotted in tiny chocolate chips…
…and served with house made strawberry preserves, vanilla bean whipped cream (delicious, but I was still craving Devonshire or clotted cream), and blackberry honey.
One each of the pistachio and rose macarons.
An hour later…the top tier ^_^
Sea salt caramels and lemon curd and meringues in a mini-waffle cone.
Hazelnut dacquoise and peanut butter mousse, and dark chocolate ganache.
And just when we thought we were finished…the pastry chef sent out another round of macarons (thank you :). Though you can’t see from the photo above, there are housemade mint chocolate cookies…
…dipped in dark chocolate. Like Thin Mints, but better. Follow that with a vanilla macarons…
…and a strawberry-lavender one. And finally, a s’mores (!) macaron. Graham cracker macaron shells and a filling of chocolate ganache…with a marshmallow cream center.
The next day I found out my younger sister was at the restaurant at the same time…only she was having drinks at an outdoor table! We sat nearly back to back with the glass door dividing us. And we had no idea.
Want to take a look around the resort? It’s one of seven Rosewood properties in the US. They have 12 other properties around the world with more opening soon. I’m excited for Rosewood Beijing and Rosewood Tanah Lot Bali.
Here’s a peek in the spa…
…and one of the rooms (121 rooms and suites in total). It’s a beautiful, low key property…
…surprisingly calm even when at full capacity.
Till next time ^_^
P.S. This Vanity Fair article makes for some interesting reading…