Imperial Hotel, Tokyo – Afternoon Tea

It’s been an eternitea since I’ve done an afternoon tea in Tokyo, and this one didn’t disappoint.
Caught up with my doppelganger from my Niseko/Hirafu days. People think we are the one and the same person, much to her chagrin.
My friend was in Tokyo visiting from Hokkaido over the long weekend just gone.
Being British, she enjoys a good afternoon tea just as much as I do and it had been about 6 months since we last saw each other.
Time to get our tea on!

So it was off to the Imperial Hotel’s Aqua Lounge on the 17th Floor. Apparently, their lobby lounge also offers a more basic afternoon tea. Might have to go back and try that one too.

From Imperial Palace Tea

Beautiful Spring Saturday afternoon with views that overlook the Imperial Palace Gardens. Cherryblossoms not quite in bloom yet.

From Imperial Palace Tea
From Imperial Palace Tea
From Imperial Palace Tea
From Imperial Palace Tea

Had made reservations in advance and scored ourselves a window seat:

From Imperial Palace Tea

Afternoon tea here consists of an amuse bouche, plus your usual 3-tier stand AND it also includes unlimited tea sampling. Try as many different teas as you like: don’t mind if I do.

From Imperial Palace Tea

This was the amuse bouche + soup:

From Imperial Palace Tea
From Imperial Palace Tea
From Imperial Palace Tea

The afternoon tea stand:

From Imperial Palace Tea

I actually, really thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon tea. It was simple, but delicious. And can’t complain about endless pots of tea variety.

From Imperial Palace Tea
From Imperial Palace Tea
From Imperial Palace Tea

I enjoyed the savoury bites: crab sandwich, chicken sandwich, quiche and gherkins. I love me some gherkins/pickles.

From Imperial Palace Tea
From Imperial Palace Tea

The sweets were very, very petite. But also really good.

From Imperial Palace Tea
From Imperial Palace Tea
From Imperial Palace Tea

But the highlight were the scones. These were probably the closest thing I’ve come to proper real Aussie scones in Japan. They were soft, and not like hard American-style biscuit scones.

From Imperial Palace Tea
From Imperial Palace Tea
From Imperial Palace Tea

And I got through 3 pots of tea. There was probably about 10 different hot beverages (teas/coffees) you could choose from.

This is a standard, simple, good value afternoon tea in Tokyo.
Whilst not too fancy, I would highly recommend.

I fear I am running out of places in Tokyo for afternoon tea. I think I have been to nearly every afternoon tea-offering venue there is.

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