Archive | April 2010

St Christopher’s Tea Garden : Jiyugaoka

Sandwiches, scone with jam and cream, cakes and a pot of tea. There is no finer way to spend a Sunday afternoon than a high tea with friends in Tokyo. (Well, maybe not so much a high tea as an afternoon tea). As a lover of High/Afternoon Teas I plan on visiting all of Tokyo’s offerings. St Christopher’s Garden is a little oasis in Tokyo. It’s a British tea garden in the suburb of Jiyugaoka about 10 minutes from Shibuya. Jiyugaoka is a very pretty district full of shops, cobbled streets and cute cosy cafes. Great for walking off all the cakes consumed. It was a girls’ day out celebrated with a 3-tiered platter of sandwiches, scones and sweets, and of course, tea. The sandwiches were a traditional but delicious assortment. They literally melted in your mouth. There was a cucumber sandwich, egg sandwich and salmon. (The salmon can be substituted for vegetarians upon request). There was also a tiny quiche tartlet. Yum. I love quiche. The sandwiches are a nice starter to the sugar overload that follows. There were scones with clotted cream and jam. I always save the scones to last. Before the scones I always eat the sweets. There were quite a few desserts to get through too. There was mousse cake, a carrot cake, a fruit parfait and a strawberry cake. Some of the ingredients are organic too, and most are made with fresh seasonal fruits. The menu usually changes with the season. There was also an extensive selection of teas to choose from from black blend teas like assam, ceylons, to fruit and herbal teas and everything in between. My only complaint would be that all of our teas were too strong. We had received them overbrewed. It was nonetheless a pleasant dining experience. Being the group of gaijins that we were, we also had an excellent English speaking waitress. Afternoon teas mostly draw a female crowd but we did see a husband who had obviously been dragged along by his wife and mother-in-law. But honestly, why wouldn’t a guy enjoy afternoon tea. There’s nothing un-manly about a pot of tea and some cakes and sandwiches. I do recommend that you reserve if planning on visiting this tea garden. It was pretty busy and full with tea-lovers seated over two floors. Website here complete with map, menu and contact details.

St Christophers Tea Garden in Jiyugaoka

St Christophers Tea Garden in Jiyugaoka

Quiche tartlet

Quiche tartlet

sandwiches

sanwiches

Dessert platter

Dessert platter

3-tiered platter of indulgence

3-tiered platter of indulgence

Scones with cream and jam

Scones with cream and jam

A nice pot of tea

A nice pot of tea

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