Having visited London on countless occasions, we’ve had our fair share of Afternoon Tea experiences. Hearing that Afternoon Tea is a thing in Thailand, I jumped on the idea of experiencing a British tradition with a Thai twist.
As I do with most things, I Googled it. ‘Best Afternoon Tea in Bangkok’, popping up were countless reviews and recommendations of Afternoon Tea at Authors Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel – The most famous Afternoon Tea in all of Thailand. With British writers dating back to 1800’s staying at the hotel, and just like me looking for a gracious oasis from the city heat in the afternoon.
Reading the reviews, I immediately sent an email with our reservation. To my disappointment, a quick response mentioned that Authors Lounge was under renovation with afternoon tea served in the Lobby Lounge instead. One to do things right, I politely turned down the booking, mentioning we’ll be back soon!
Never one to get down for too long, I was back on the hunt for another venue to experience this British/ Thai tradition. The most obvious choice of venues was right in front of us from the beginning. When arriving at W Hotel Bangkok it’s not hard to miss an incredible 126-year-old colonial mansion; the newly opened – The House On Sathorn.
Owned by W Hotel, we quickly made our booking at the concierge and skipped across, me with a pretty little garden dress on and Evan all suited up, following behind (not skipping). Entering the mansion, it felt like stepping back into an 1880’s courtyard garden party or secret hidden oasis away from the hectic pace of Sathron Road. Very appealing in Bangkok’s heat.
Starting with the menu; had us instantly agreeing we won’t be needing dinner (we did, we were on holidays!). Next up, we had to select a tea I choose White Tea with Evan choosing Mint.
Then came the refreshing Sorbet, Scones and Cream, Peanut Mini Muffin, Financier, Macanese Egg Tart, Caramel Chocolate Tart, Yuzu Verrine, Éclair Lychee, Raspberry Macaroon Cake, Banana Crème Brulee, Ocean Trout Gravlax, Chicken-Pineapple Curry Finger Sandwich and a Mushroom-Truffle Mascarpone Croissant to list a few…
Feeling all a little bit fancy sipping on tea, we almost asked for seconds on the Ocean Trout Gravlax (we are savory people). All while taking in the colonial mansion in the most sophisticated of ways, with the white noise of the traffic behind, looking up at the juxtaposing skyline.
Just as we suspected, we left half of the sweet treats behind and skipped off to a rooftop bar to watch the sunset, Evan this time too… We were running late!