Keen for an indulgent afternoon tea? We feel you. A high tea set filled with cosy brews and petit fours is always the perfect antidote to a busy week. Fortunately for us, Bangkok boasts plenty of high tea spreads to satisfy our cravings. To help you save time, we’ve tasted around town and selected the best of the bunch. Check out these five new afternoon teas that will take your tea appreciation to new heights.
Take afternoon tea with a Japanese twist at Up & Above Bar, where you can indulge in a floral-themed tea spread. The Tsubaki Camellia Blossom Afternoon Tea (THB 1,190 for two) offers plenty of unique baked goods, all artfully served on a miniature white table. Fragrant and flavourful, the sweet delights include blackcurrant montblanc, hand-painted macarons and red velvet teacakes. Here, you’ll also find delectable savoury treats like marinated prawns and mini brioches. Pair the lavish spreads with a cup of aromatic herbal tea, and you’ll be set for the entire afternoon.
The Okura Prestige Bangkok, Fl. 24, Wireless Rd., Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, +662 687 9000
The Thai Afternoon Tea set (THB 1,500 for two) — served in a gorgeous traditional Thai tray — is about as innovative as it comes. The local-inspired set features terrific authentic Thai desserts such as look choop and coconut balls. We particularly like the sweet sticky rice with shrimps and the golden sweet floss steamed flour with coconut fillings with complex fusion flavours — not to mention the eclectic savoury bites, including chicken curry puffs and Thai royal steamed dumplings with spicy salmon.
The St. Regis Bangkok, 159 Ratchadamri Rd., Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, +662 207 7777
Well known for their scrumptious organic offerings, Organika House also serves up healthy treats in its signature afternoon tea set, all made with quality ingredients. This Organika All Day High Tea Set (THB 1,250 for two) offers plenty of homemade pastries such as buttery financiers, crumbly biscuits and flaky croissants with ham and cheese. Those who have a sweet tooth, meanwhile, will love the creamy panna cotta and soft chocolate cakes. On top of that, this organic set will let you savour fresh fruits as well as fermented tea blends.
Organika Cafe, Fl. 6, Building A, Piman 49, Sukhumvit 49, Wattana, Bangkok, +66 665 1898
With a wide selection of 70 different flavoured teas, 1823 Indulgence Afternoon Tea (THB 1,370 for two) is pretty hard to beat. For the savoury bites, expect pan-fried foie gras topped with caramelised peaches that boasts a rich taste. It also provides other fine creations like filo puff cups with Scottish smoked salmon tartare and honeydew melons wrapped with Black Forest ham. As for dessert, you’ll be treated to luscious golden chocolate dome mousse and generous slices of Battenberg cake. The scones here are also noteworthy; fluffy and moist, they’ll melt in your mouth.
Furnished with antique chandeliers and plush armchairs, The’ Tea House is an ideal setting for an afternoon of ritual indulgence. Dine in style with Chateau Afternoon Tea Set (THB 950 for two) consisted of French-inspired delights, all served on pretty porcelain plates. Start off with savoury bites including charcoal finger sandwiches with salmon and serrano ham. Then, follow with the sweet offerings like the royal coffee cake, mango passion cake, and colourful crispy macarons. To complete your high tea celebration, opt for fine French teas like Mariage Frères and Vert Provence.
The’ Tea House Thonglor, 313 Sukhumvit 55, Wattana, Bangkok, +662 651 9216