Afternoon Tea at Ritz-Carlton

March 11, 2017

Feb 25, 2017 | Sweetheart Afternoon Tea, $54 + 15% service charge, includes 1 glass of sparkling cocktail

I'm always excited for afternoon tea time. This was one of the rare occasions where I hadn't checked the menu beforehand; I later learned that we had the Sweetheart Afternoon Tea - the February special featuring an aphrodisiac-inspired menu. They have a different theme & menu each month - guess I'll be back sooner than I thought! (Regular tea set without wine is $44)

We started off with a glass of sparkling rose cocktail which had a light apple-fruity flavour. 

The first course - delicious quiche(心情靚,食乜都好食)

The first exciting part was when the server came with the tea selection - the box lights up, showcasing the 12 Sloane tea samples. We had a bit of time to smell each one. I had a few favorites including the Darjeeling and Rose, but finally settled on the Oolong Creme which had a nice creme scent but light taste. The tea comes in Le Creuset teapots which are very heavy!!

The Sandwiches selection: 

I really like the circle tower but I think that's the one for groups of 2+. This one is nice too, very modern. My favorite was the Chicken Salad on Beet Brioche bun! The bun was soft, inside flavorful with the beets complementing the chicken.

The dessert selection:

The Dessert selection was impressive as well - raisin scones, banana custard eclair, Battenburg (English-style pound cake), classic Victoria sandwich, cinnamon creme brulee and heart-shaped Guajillo Chili Mayan Chocolate Pralines to fit the Valentines theme for February. The scones were great, soft and paired excellently with the devonshire cream. The banana eclair was so soft, the pastry just melts in your mouth and the cream was packed with banana flavour. The chocolate on top was the cherry on top, delicious as well! Not a fan of the traditional pound cake - very sweet/sticky; and the strawberry cake was kind of like the scone. The creme brulee was very rich and creamy, more like a custard cream than "eggy" (maybe I always mix up with the Chinese egg dessert) Lastly, the chili chocolate had quite the heat!

Overall, excellent food, presentation and ambience. Service was friendly but could be improved - long waiting time to get seated. There's no 'please wait to be seated' sign, no designated area (assumed to be the top of the stairs), no staff to greet. Eventually we walked down to try to flag someone down, who told us to wait while she was setting up.

Verdict: My favorite afternoon tea in the city so far. Highly recommended :)

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