August 4, 2012

Afternoon Tea at The Peninsula, Beverly Hills

I never understood the appeal of afternoon tea until I tried it for the first time at The Peninsula in Beverly Hills. There was something about going to tea with ten women all in our best Sunday dresses that made the experience feel more special. We felt so sophisticated and proper as we were guided through the living room and seated at an elegantly setup long coffee table. All the food was predetermined and the only choice we had to make was whether we wanted champagne with our tea. 

The Royal Tea comes with two champagne options and I highly recommend the Mumm. There was also a separate menu with a list of all the teas from caffeine free to scented and blends. 

Strawberries with whipped cream
We all received our glass of champagne just as the strawberries arrived. The generous dollop of whipped cream was not overly sweet and the strawberries tasted like they had just been picked.

Genmai Chai
The tea lived up to its description of being "heavy-bodied" for a green tea. The tea was very smooth and there was a nice flavor from the roasted rice.

Scones, pastries and sandwiches
Each tier was filled with tasty treats for two. The scones, egg salad and curried chicken sandwich were the standouts, but everything was very good. Don't miss out on the jams and creams for the scone.

Overall, we had a wonderful afternoon enjoying tea and bite sized treats. It was such a relaxing and fun way to enjoy the company of friends.

The Peninsula
9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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