Last week while Steve and I were in Las Vegas we made a special visit to the Mandarin Oriental to partake of their afternoon tea.
It was amazing! Let me show you. (Click photos for a larger view.)
First we were served perfectly steeped tea -- Steve chose the Mandarin Orange (specially blended for the hotel chain), while I went with my comfort tea, Golden Tippy Assam. You can find the latter and much more at TeaLeaves.com.
Next came the tea tray -- isn't that a marvelous design? Our server suggested we start with the scones in order to enjoy them warm with the devonshire cream and preserves (we had a choice of apricot or cranberry). That's always seemed the proper order to me, you know? Sweet, then savory, and then MEGA SWEET to finish. Yum.
A close-up of the savory offerings -- curry chicken in sesame cones, goat cheese tartlet with apricot jelly, Black Forest ham sandwiches, and smoked salmon and cucumber. What a treat!
The "assorted tea pastries" had a charming holiday/winter theme (the snowmen were my favorite). Due to sugar coma, I can't remember much about them except that they were delicious.
One of the loveliest things about this experience was our view -- it was such a pleasure to sip our tea and watch the sunset.
This really was one of the best afternoon teas I've had in a long time. Such attention to detail in the food offerings! And the servers were attentive without being obtrusive. Highly recommended!
[Cross-posted at Livejournal]