By Laura Janelle Downey
I love high tea! Getting dressed up with my gal pals is always fun but it’s even better when we can get together dressed to the nines over dessert. So when I found out that Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta is offering a Chocolate Afternoon Tea inside The Café & Bar, I had to check it out. I’ve been to several teas in my life but none that ever paired tea with a full lineup of sweets.
Choose from six teas like the Shanghai Rose (black tea leaves infused with notes of lychee and red rose petals) or Imperial Green (Chinese green tea with a subtle hint of grass). I always prefer doing tea with a glass of bubbly so in addition to my cup of Shanghai Rose, I indulged in the hotel’s house Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve Champagne.
When the three-tier serving tray was placed on the table, I ogled all of the goodies on display. From chocolate truffles and a Grand Marnier cream puff to tasty cakes (think chocolate sponge or sour cream pound confections), there’s something for everyone. I also loved dipping my strawberries into the warm pot of chocolate fondue. Being able to savor each decadent bite was the best part.
Now through Sunday, April 8, you can stop by the hotel from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. to experience this super sweet selection. Don’t miss out on this unique spin on the everyday traditional tea. But should your schedule not permit, it’s OK. The hotel’s full-year afternoon tea calendar is out now and one of the tea offerings on the lineup should fit your fancy. From its highly anticipated Royal Wedding Afternoon tea, which starts in May to its Southern Summer Afternoon Tea (June 14-24), this is the perfect time to book your reservation. Who doesn’t love a scone with clotted cream or pimento cheese sandwiches?
If you’re looking for Mother’s Day ideas or contemplating starting your own Ladies Who Lunch social, put Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta’s afternoon tea on your list. Everything from the staff’s top-notch service to the savory teas and bites are sure to wow and win over your closest comrades.
$48 per person, $58 per person with a glass of Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve Champagne.
Details: 404.995.7500, 3376 Peachtree Rd. NE. MandarinOriental.com/Atlanta/Buckhead/Luxury-Hotel