Afternoon Tea at The Lobby Lounge, Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo (3rd Time)

Tokyo, Japan
May 2016

While back in Tokyo visiting friends, it was necessary to fit in a tea time.  So we decided to go back to The Shangri-La since we’ve had good experiences there before.

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We were seated next to the window so that we could take in the view.  As usual, the decor was nice with lots of fresh flowers.

The Shangri-La changes up their menu about every 2 months or so, and sometimes even has limited offer teas.  Their current menu was the Floral Afternoon Tea.

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In typical Japanese Shangri-La fashion, they had an extensive tea menu that you can freely pick from and change teas as many times as you want.

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Look at how pretty is it!

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Normally, the savories aren’t all sandwiches, but with the floral afternoon tea they were influenced by the traditional British savories.  Honestly, I preferred their more inventive menus, but the sandwiches were still tasty.  The beef brisket was especially delicious.  The balsamic butter and sweet onion horseradish really added a complexity to the sandwich.

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There were 3 types of scones (although the maple scones were not very scone-like).  Japanese scones tend to be soft with no crust, and these were typical.  Not terrible, just a matter of preference.  The jasmine flavor was quite subtle; the maple scones were like churros.  The raspberry clotted cream was a nice addition, but we did still miss the lemon curd.

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The sweets were almost too pretty to eat.  All were quite nice, but the pistachio cream puff was our favorite.  Plus it had such a cute ladybug and flower on top!  (Japanese afternoon teas tend to have 2 of each sweets, which is so nice!  So there’s no need for a discussion of who gets what.)

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Overall, this wasn’t my favorite menu that I’ve had at The Shangri-La, but everything else met my expectations.  I’m looking forward to coming back and trying what they come up with next!

Tea 5/5, unlimited, good variety
Food 3.25/5
Atmosphere 4/5, ask for a seat by the window
Service 4/5
Overall 4/5

Shangri-La Tokyo
2pm – 5.30pm (Monday to Friday)
1.30pm – 5.30pm (Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays)

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3 thoughts on “Afternoon Tea at The Lobby Lounge, Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo (3rd Time)

  1. Hi. Your photos are beautiful! I am planning to visit Tokyo in September for the very first time. May I ask, what did this tea cost? Thank you

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    • Thanks! I hope you have a great time in September! In general, their afternoon tea’s cost around 4500 yen per person. It’s a pretty standard price for Tokyo hotel afternoon teas. Please let me know where you end up going and how it is!

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