Hisashiburi afternoon tea. It’s been ages since I’ve done an afternoon tea in Japan. Did one recently, but not in Tokyo.
I went to Kyushu for the long weekend last weekend and caught up with an Aussie friend from my Fukushima days who now lives in Fukuoka. Met him and his wife and his new baby for a nice afternoon tea in Fukuoka at the Grand Hyatt hotel.
The hotel is in Canal City, one of the shopping districts near Hakata.
Here is the hotel:
The back entrance:
The afternoon tea was pleasant enough. The hotel was pretty nice too, considering it ain’t no Tokyo.
All your tea essentials:
They only had about 4 to 5 teas on offer and very standard ones (English breakfast, darjeeling, early grey, assam). I went the assam, with hot milk in a jug.
On offer was the Caramel afternoon tea set – a seasonal tea menu for autumn. It was actually pretty good.
You can’t really go wrong with caramel.
Everything on this plate was delicious:
The vanilla ice cream was amazing with a hint of caramel. The caramel sponge cake roll was so moist and fresh fruit added a hint of citrus to offset all the caramel sweetness.
The sandwiches were neither fancy nor gourmet, bu they were decent enough:
Only one scone and a small one at that. But we essentially got two plates of desserts.
Notice something missing in the above two plates?
I’ll give you a minute to think about it.
Notice the absence of jam! No jam for my scone. Tsk Tsk.
The hotel was quite nice and there was also a live pianist who did some decent cover music:
The Terrasse Lounge:
It was a nice afternoon tea. My first one in a while. No tea sampling but free hot water refills allowed. Service was good, and it was excellent value for money. Approx. 2000yen plus tea. Given there are probably limited afternoon tea options in Fukuoka, it’s probably the best option. We whiled away a few leisurely hours there. A pleasant day indeed. Need to save up my pennies for a some very pricey afternoon teas that have been locked in, coming up in a couple of months.