Afternoon tea is usually thought of as the purview of women, but I had the opportunity to introduce a gentleman to the pleasures of tea. Today, JG found “a little bit of heaven” while savoring scones with cream and jam. I think it’s safe to say the gentleman’s been turned on to afternoon tea. We enjoyed tea at The Chocolate Gallery in the Fairmont Bab al Bahr. Their afternoon tea features a great modern presentation.
As I was researching places to have afternoon tea in Singapore, I came across a phenomenon that was entirely new to me. Of course, I expected that there would be no shortage of tea experiences in Singapore, but this blew my mind! You see, on the weekend, in Singapore, one can partake of an afternoon tea buffet! (Yes…squeals of delight are entirely appropriate here!)
After more research, I made my reservation for the highly touted tea buffet at Regent Singapore Hotel Tea Lounge. I arrived early and waited in the lobby for the second seating to begin. I approached the hostess stand about five minutes to three and found a line was already forming! Fairly quickly after I was seated, the lobby lounge was bursting with tea takers! There were couples old and young, groups of friends, and families too. It was wonderful.
We were treated to a delectable smorgasbord of small bites, from scones to creme brulee, finger sandwiches to sushi, and caviar to congee.
For me, no trip is complete without a tea experience. I was certain that this former British colony would have afternoon tea going on somewhere. My research led me to Bambara Lounge at the Serena Hotel downtown. I enjoyed a lovely cinnamon rooibos tea, attentive service, and a chocolate mousse to live for! But the best part was turning my cousins on to the tea experience.
I love turning people on to the tea experience! Recently, I had the opportunity to introduce a friend to afternoon tea at the very posh Ritz Carlton here in Abu Dhabi. I was delighted to find they serve Dammann tea, and I enjoyed a pot of the jardin bleu.
It was four o’clock and I needed a little something to tide me over until dinnertime. I decided to head over to Leopold’s of London, confident that I would find a fine afternoon tea there. I was wrong…but not dissuaded. The menu featured an excellent tea list and lovely desserts. I could work with that!
August 26, 2015
I was wandering around a mall, unable to find the teacher store. Rather than becoming frustrated, I decided to stop for afternoon tea. I stopped into Bloomsbury’s, a chic little oasis in the middle of the mall. Here are some highlights from my first Abu Dhabi afternoon tea experience.