Afternoon Tea at Twenty Eight Bar & Lounge, Conrad Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan (Shinbashi/Shiodome Stations)
July 2015

The Conrad Tokyo, near Tokyo Bay, can be accessed by Shiodome Station (a 1 minute short walk) or Shinbashi Station (a slightly longer 7 minute walk).  

It was a hot, humid Tokyo summer day when I went.  Even the walk from Shinbashi Station had you so happy to finally be inside with the air conditioning.

Aptly named, Twenty Eight Bar & Lounge is located on the 28th floor of the Conrad Tokyo.

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Inside the lounge, we had a seat by the window.  From there you can see Tokyo Bay, Odaiba in the far right, and Hamarikyu Teien below.  It was a bit overcast that day, sadly.

If you have the time, I would recommend visiting Hamarikyu Teien.  It’s nice to go there during any season (although summer would be hot) to see a traditional Japanese garden and tea house with seasonal plants.

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The chairs left a bit to be desired.  The back of the seats were leaned so far back (unfortunately not pictured).  You would have to sit at the end of the chair to eat properly or be lounging the whole time and do sit ups any time you wanted to grab something from the table.  Although, that may not be such a bad thing after eating.

IMG_3340The Conrad is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary with an afternoon tea menu to match.  Each item on the menu represents a different year, starting from 2005 to 2014.

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They had a pretty good variety of teas to choose from, but leaned heavily towards black teas.  During the week, teas are served by the cup and you can try as many different teas as you like.  On the weekends (and holidays) however, you can only pick 1 tea served by the pot.

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I enjoyed the Darjeeling Summer, Late & Lite Ceylon, and Morgentau teas the most.  I would have been happy with any of those three if I had to pick 1 for the entire tea.

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The presentation was impressive.  Having everything laid out at once, instead of the 3 tiered stand, was a nice change.  The order was a bit strange with a lone dessert surrounded by savories.

The savories were good; the quiche was the tastiest of the options.  The scones were a bit too moist, not fluffy enough.  The sweets were good, but 2 of the dessert were pretty similar in flavor.

Overall, the Conrad’s offerings were good.  The biggest downside was that we had specifically asked for non-smoking but were put next to two people who were chain smoking (luckily they didn’t stay that long).

Good food, good view, good conversation.

Tea 4/5, unlimited, good variety
Food 3.5/5
Atmosphere 2.5/5
Service 3/5
Overall 3.25/5

Conrad Tokyo
From 2:30 daily

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