This week I visited the Four Seasons Hotel at Embassy ONE, Bengaluru – a very beautiful hotel with courteous and friendly staff.
I had conducted my Indian Tea Ceremony event with them a few years back and I had an excellent experience.
The hotel has a very nice Tea Lounge at the lobby level called the Lobby Lounge & Terrace. Recently they have started offering an Afternoon Tea here. This was my opportunity to check the afternoon tea spread and the teas that are being served.
The tea lounge is elegantly designed with glass facades that overlook the swimming pool and the residential Tower. The hotel needs advance booking for the afternoon tea, I did the same and reached the hotel around 4:00 p.m.
Here goes my review and experience:
Everything in front of me looked beautiful and delicious. The presentation was great.
Each of the items on the afternoon tea tier looked absolutely fabulous.
The tea set was elegantly designed in white, blue, and gold, though yet again it is not transparent for a full sensory experience.
Lobby Lounge & Terrace has a good selection of tea on the menu, but when I enquired I was told that some of the specialty whole leaf teas were not available at the moment, and some of the other fine teas came in tea bags. Since I am not a fan or ambassador of tea bags, I decided to go with something which my host recommended: Wild Berry Tales & Orange Blossoms.
Orange blossom was a little too sour for my taste so I ended up adding a generous amount of honey to the tea. It tasted quite nice after that. (sour is not my preferred taste, but that’s just a personal preference.)
The wild berry tea was really good. It was a little sweet and tangy and give a nice aroma. However, since the tea infuser was left inside the teapot, by the time I poured myself a second Cup it became so bitter that I could not drink it further.
Tip: Provide a small bowl to keep the infuser out of the teapot after brewing so that the tea does not get over-brewed making it bitter.
Both the teas looked quite similar in appearance – different tinges of reddish-orange.
And, last but not the least, the food was so delicious that I had to meet the Chef, and took pictures with him.
Note: During each conversation, I heard the term High Tea instead of Afternoon. Please do not call an Afternoon Tea as High Tea. It’s neither the right term nor the right tea etiquette. An Afternoon Tea is served in the afternoon between 4 and 5 p.m. while High Tea is taken along with dinner between 7 and 8 p.m.
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