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.
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.
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.
Look at how pretty is it!
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.
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.
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.)
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
Atmosphere 4/5, ask for a seat by the window
2pm – 5.30pm (Monday to Friday)
1.30pm – 5.30pm (Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays)