It’s been a while since I’ve done an afternoon tea in Tokyo…maybe about 6 months…so it’s about time I did one. The weekend before I last I went to Yokohama for afternoon tea. I was finally able to go to a venue that had been recommended by a blog reader of mine (“Bottlelobotomy” occasionally reads my blog for my afternoon tea reviews, and I had asked him once what his recommendation was, and he said it was Enokitei in Yokohama. Since then I’ve been meaning to check it out. There are two Enokitei branches in Yokohama, one of which has a private tea room. I ended up taking my eikaiwa class (Fukushima survivors, from my Namie days) there. So our party of six was able to book out the private room (flat fee of 2000yen split between 6 people). We were each served our own afternoon tea tiers which made for a very crowded table!
The private room is a bit on the small size. Very cozy indeed and was up on the second floor of the building with windows that looked out onto the courtyard. It’s nice for some privacy in a small group where you can talk without being a disturbance to others. It fits a maximum of 6 people.
The afternoon tea is very simple and traditional. It consisted of toasted sandwiches with ham, cucumber, cheese and mayonnaise (no assorted sandwiches here), two currant scones, and a plate of cakes. Tea variety is limited. From memory, I think only 2-3 kinds of tea and no English breakfast tea. There might have even been only kind of tea from memory. I had Earl Grey Tea and I think I may not have had a choice about it. The tea is of course served in pots thankfully with little tea cozies.
The vibe here is very quaint English rose theme. They offer home made cakes and sweets as well as lunch sets.
Simple, classical afternoon tea. Sandwiches – I did like that they were toasted sandwiches!
Currant scones with jam and cream – the scones aren’t probably what I would call “scones”, but nevertheless they were actually delicious. They were on the well-baked crunchier side which I enjoyed. I think “Australian” scones are very different to the scones in America, Japan and England. I think the best scones are most definitely “Australian” scones.
Plate of cakes – raspberry bomb cake, fig and caramel cake, and a hazelnut chocolate cake which was delicious, and a generous dollop of cream.
Afternoon tea here is very pleasant and cozy. Also on the second floor is a little store:
On the first floor is the general seating (second floor is the private room). The venue was really crowded on a Saturday afternoon, and there was even a long line to be seated. I was really glad that I had booked the private room.
The building itself is very quaint – a more European colonial style building, being that it’s in the Yamate district of Yokohama which has a more international/European style of architecture. It was actually my first time to that area of Yamate and I definitely need to go back to explore more of that beautiful area. Lots of cute cafes there.
There’s also a nice courtyard which is perfect for spring/summer afternoon tea.
The view of Yokohama from the Foreigner’s Cemetery:
Afternoon tea set (includes the tea and food platter) is 2,575 yen. There are two Enokitei cafes located close to each other in the Yokohama area. There’s the Enokitei main store, and also Enokitei Rose Garden. I’ll have to go and check that one out too sometime. Both offer afternoon tea sets, as well as cakes, tea/coffee and light lunch meals. On this occasion, I went to the Enokitei main store. If going in a group, I’d recommend booking the private room in advance (2000yen fee for the room). Private room option only available at the Enokitei main store. Website here.