Due to a technical glitch, I hadn’t been able to blog for the past week. Couldn’t get access into blog host to post up some recent happenings.
Ticked off another afternoon tea venue in Tokyo, bringing my total tally to 28 venues, and that’s just in Tokyo alone. Doesn’t include the rest of Japan nor my afternoon teas abroad. I have singlehandedly had high tea at about 50 different venues around the world.
This time it was off to Harrods Tea Plantation Salon in Ginza, located in the Mitsukoshi department store.
Went there with a friend (whom incidentally started out as a blog reader, got in touch with me when she was in Tokyo and now has a job here. We’ve become friends, and meet up on the odd occasion to partake in tea and scones.).
It had a hint of a Singapore Raffle’s vibe to it:
Afternoon tea is available here from 2pm onwards (until 5pm) and boy did it get busy after 2pm. Luckily we had gotten there early at 1:30pm and were seated right away. We ordered the afternoon tea, even though we wouldn’t be served it until 2pm. The venue does not take bookings.
The Harrods Afternoon Tea set is a set price for 2 people so it needs to be shared and you’ll need even numbers. It includes a pot of tea each per person but the pots here are very small.
The tea selection is pretty impressive covering about 3 pages worth.
We went the Georgian Blend No. 18
and the Assam Orangajuli.
From 2pm, the place gets busy.
The teapots are tiny. Barely enough for 2 cups of tea. Free hot water refill is available, but the tea gets really weak.
I really liked the sugarcubes. They had different sized cubes, perfect for when you only want a half teaspoon of sugar!
Afternoon tea for two:
This place is an all-round good afternoon tea venue. The food was classic. Not too fancy but not too plain either. All in all, everything was pleasant.
I quite enjoyed all the sweets.
And the sandwiches were plentiful. There were 6 triangles each to consume, so it wasn’t too skimpy on the portions.
This was the serving for one person:
Scones were typical of the scones in Japan. Not the same as Aussies scones, mind you. Aussie scones are the best.
Scones with strawberry jam and cream – simple and sufficient. Scones served with any other jam than strawberry is blasphemous.
At the time of you ordering, you had a choice of either a plain scone or a raisin scone.
The price is split between two people so at a price of just a tad over 2500yen per person, it’s a very reasonable afternoon tea in Tokyo. Food was good, and plentiful. But no all you can drink tea.
It’s a nice spot for afternoon tea if you need a break from shopping in Ginza without breaking the budget.
Am now seriously running out of afternoon tea venues in Tokyo!