It’s been ages since I last partook in afternoon tea in Tokyo.
On Sunday, I did a final one for the year – in Tokyo that is.
Although I’ve got a few international high teas on the itinerary.
I got around to checking out the newly-opened Andaz Hotel (part of the Hyatt group of hotels). The hotel is within the new Toranomon Hills building that only opened in June this year.
Andaz Hotel surpasses the Ritz Carlton Tokyo as the highest venue in Tokyo (and Japan for that matter) for high tea.
The Andaz Lounge is on level 51. It was a little tricky to get up there but finally did.
Once your eventually find the elevators for the hotel, the express lifts go from level 1 directly to level 51.
Window seats command excellent views over northern Tokyo including the Tokyo Skytree. Although I had requested window seats upon booking, priority is given to large groups (minimum of 4 people, although 6 is ideal). As a party of two, we were bumped out and seated at a regular table. The place was pretty busy with lots of afternoon tea-goers so reservations are recommended.
Afternoon tea is available at the Andaz Tavern from 2-6pm
The afternoon tea includes unlimited tea, although their range isn’t that big.
You can get through quite a few teas, because a lot of teas are actually served by the cup and not by the pot.
Everything is very new and the decor quite nice – but typical of a skyrise hotel lobby lounge.
First tea I had was puerh tea and my favourite of the day. Ended up ordering this about 3 times.
Tea is served by the cup and not by the pot.
Here are the afternoon tea stands:
Presentation was nice. But only two tiers, you say.
Fear not, the scones were served on a separate plate.
I like to go overboard on the photos. This will be no exception:
Yummy deletable goodness:
The savoury goods are always my favourite.
And I’m always a sucker for quiche.
I do think the menu is a little bit lazy.
Using the same pastry pieces for the savoury and the sweet, granted that the dessert version has custard and creme inside them, but still. They just made lots of those eclair pastries – which weren’t even that great.
I also ordered houji cha and that came served in a pot.
And also ordered English breakfast tea which was rather disappointing – not served in a pot. Was brewed on the weaker side. Milk was served warm which was nice.
As for the scones – typical Japanese/American scones. More like dry biscuits. Oh how I miss Aussie scones.
Notice anything remiss about the scones?….
A distinct lack of strawberry jam is what is missing.
I had to ask for jam – specifcally, strawberry jam.
And they came back saying that they had no strawberry jam.
A hotel that does not stock jam is not a hotel in my book.
Instead they gave as an assortment of jams – none of which included strawberry. We got honey, orange jam, cherry jam and raspberry jam.
A little disappointing to say the least.
Here is my scone with not strawberry jam:
Here is also a glimpse of the view not from our window seat:
The tavern/lounge by night, which by the way would make a very nice venue for cocktails.
A little on the pricer side at just under 5000yen (by the time you include the tax and service charge).
Wouldn’t say it was a value for money.
Pros – unlimited tea. Con – limited range of tea.
Great views, but only if you’re lucky to get a window seat (only bigger groups allowed window seats).
Food was ok. The menu was uninspired and no strawberry jam.
Still an overall pleasant experience, but money better spent elsewhere.
It’s a recommended venue if you want to say you’ve been the highest high tea in Japan.
The outside sculpture: