If you love high tea, we've got a challenge for you. As you know, Ratchaprasong is home to some of Bangkok's finest department stores and five-star hotels, from the Renaissance Bangkok and the InterContinental to the recently reformed Gaysorn Village shopping and lifestyle centre. And you might also be aware that in many of these establishments are cosy places where you can while away the afternoon with some lavish high tea sets.
Recognising the district's potential in serving world-class high tea, The Ratchaprasong Square Trade Assocation (RSTA) and Bangkok Bank has invited eight major tea rooms in the Ratchaprasong District to take part in a joint high tea affair known as the High Tea Jubilee 2018. A theme of "Blosson Tea Delight" was selected by the organisers, and tea rooms from the Renaissance Bangkok, the Anantara Siam, Centara Grand, the Grand Hyatt Erawan, the InterContinental, Novotel Bangkok Platinum, the St. Regis and Gaysorn Village have each come up with inspired high tea menus. Here are the eight special tea sets you can enjoy in the Ratchaprasong area from now until the end of June:
French Style Refreshments With Parisian Ambience
Tea Room: R Bar, Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel
Get transported to Paris with the Renaissance's executive chef Matt Mittnacht's French-themed tea set. Highlighting the romantic aromas of French vanilla and rose, the tea set is served with gorgeous pastries that will also delight your sweet tooth: coconut-strawberry panna cotta, raspberry and yuzu mousse, cherry chocolate brownie, berry eclair, blueberry scones and strawberry smores. For savoury bites, expect beetroot cured salmon canape, charcoal macaron with foie gras and smoked duck on red velvet sponge.
This special Renaissance tea set is priced 750++ baht for two, with Bangkok Bank cards eligible for 20 per cent discount. Afternoon tea is served 2-5pm daily. Call 0-2125-5105 to make reservations.
Floral Bliss With Signature Mariage Teas
Tea Room: The Lobby, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel
The Anantara Siam's veteran pastry chef Laurent Duffaut has created a special high tea menu with three outstanding blends of Mariage Frères: the Eléphant Blanc (White Elephant), which is the hotel's signature fruity and flowery black tea; the Lune Rouge (Red Moon), a green tea with infusions of flowers, honey and ginger; and the Temple De L'aube (Temply of Dawn), a fruitier green tea. Enjoy these aromas with a variety of floral pastries, including rosella panna cotta, chrysanthmum crémeux, sweet purple potato scone and hibiscus smoked salmon with tea gel.
The Anantara's special floral tea set is priced 850++ baht for two on weekdays and 950++ for one on weekends. Bangkok Bank credit cardholders are eligible for 20 per cent discount. Call 0-2126-8866 to make reservations. Afternoon tea is served 2-6pm daily.
"Sweet Blossom Tea Set"
Tea Room: Zing Bakery, Centara Grand At CentralWorld
Centara Grand's "Sweet Blossom Tea Set" showcases chef Thawat Prathumpuang's two decades of excellence in the kitchen of five-star hotels. For this occasion, chef Thawat has infused rose and orange blossoms with a traditional Chinese tea that is made by tying green tea leaves with white tea leaves and various flowers, such as jasmine, bachelor button or chrysanthemum, creating a signature blend of Chinese blooming tea. This fragrant mixture is rolled into golden aluminum foils, which will naturally unfurl when contacted with hot water. Watch your tea literally bloom as you indulge on equally tastefully crafted canapes and sweets.
The "Sweet Blossom Tea Set" is priced 699++ baht for two, and Bangkok Bank credit cards are eligible for 20 per cent discount. Call 0-2100-6255 for reservations. Afternoon tea is served 3-5pm daily.
A Thai Styled Cool-Down
Tea Room: Erawan Tea Room, Erawan Bangkok
A unique twist on popular high tea, the Erawan Bangkok has prepared a tea set fit for the likes of Thai nobility in the past. Head chef Achara To-ussami brings 22 years of experience to the set, serving four endemic teas—butterfly pea flower, beal-pandan, lemongrass and jasmine—with Thai style canapes of miang gaysorn bua, thung thong, chor muang sai poo, yum tua plu goong sod, wi hok non rang and Thai desserts khao niew mamuang, kanom krok, kanom mor gaeng med bua, kanom chan, look chub and many more.
This unique tea set is priced 600 baht for one, with 20 per cent discount offered to Bangkok Bank credit cardholders. Make reservations at 0-2254-6250. Afternoon tea is served 2:30-4:30 daily.
"Strawberry Afternoon High Tea"
Tea Room: Balconey Lounge, The InterContinental Hotel Bangkok
The sweetness of lotus meets the tartness of strawberry in this inspired tea set devised by the InterContinental's chef Saiful Huda. Balancing the aroma of tea made from sacred lotus, chef Huda has prepared beloved strawberry desserts, such as Japanese style strawberry shortcake, strawberry macarons, strawberry pistachio lychee tart and strawberry lemon cheese cake, as well as savoury canapes of turkey sandwiches with apple and mustard-mayo sauce and smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel. Alternative teas of Moroccan mint, French Earl Grey, chamomile, oolong and a fruity tea with sunflower seeds are also available.
This tea set is priced 550++ baht for one and 850++ for two. Bangkok Bank credit cardholders are eligible for 20 per cent discount. Call 0-2656-0444 ext 6476 to make reservations. Afternoon tea is served 2:30-5:30pm.
"Blooming Summer Afternoon Tea Set"
Tea Room: The Lounge, Novotel Bangkok Platinum Pratunam
Novotel's chef Warattha Boonpitak's "Blooming Summer Afternoon Tea Set" showcases several floral blends, including rose, butterfly pea, lavender, jasmine, chrysanthemum and chamomile blooming tea—an ancient Chinese technique of turning tea leaves into a blooming flower in the tea cup. Pairing this palette of florals are an assortment of desserts with a local edge—mango sticky rice, jasmine aa lua, snow skin mooncake, crispy bael fruit jelly—as well as an a la carte menu featuring items like spicy salmon salad with Thai herbs, flower spring rolls and cheesy shrimp cake.
The "Blooming Summer Afternoon Tea Set" is priced at 950 baht, with a 20 per cent discount available for Bangkok Bank credit cardholders. Call 0-2209-1700 ext 8704 to make reservations. Afternoon tea is served 2-5pm everyday.
"Western Afternoon Tea"
Tea Room: The Drawing Room, The St. Regis Bangkok Hotel
A leader in the tradition of high tea, the St. Regis puts forth the "Western Afternoon Tea", featuring TWG 1837 black tea blended with berries, caramel and uncommon flowers found in the Bermuda Triangle—talk about being extra! The theatrics don't just end there; munchies are served inside a bird cage and include creations like Boston losbter tom yum on bread, truffle puff mousse, Norwegian salmon with honey-mustard orange cannoli and hazelnut cake.
The "Western Afternoon Tea" is available for two at 1,500++ baht, and Bangkok Bank credit cardholders are eligible for 20 per cent discount. Call 0-2207-7826 to make reservations. Afternoon tea is available from 2-5pm.
A Perfect Match Of Chinese Tea & Thai Fruits
Tea Room: 1823 Tea Lounge By Ronnefeldt, Gaysorn Village
Sip elegantly on two exclusive tea blends created by Ronnefeldt silver medalist tea master Nalinthron Triwattayasilp. The "Bangkok Blend" is a combination of Chinese oolong and Thai papaya and pineapple—a reflection of Nalinthron, or Caren's Thai-Chinese heritage. For a more modern, citrusy number, the "Gaysorn Blend" features bai mudan white tea from Fujian, China, infused with Thai mango and orange. Add mango sticky rice and strawberry gazpacho with dragonwell-poached prawn to your palette for the ultimate afternoon indulgence.
Enjoy this tea set at the 1823 Tea Lounge by Ronnefeldt for 1,370++ baht for two—20 per cent discount offered to Bangkok Bank cardholders. Call 0-2656-1086 for reservations. The tea lounge is open 10am-8pm daily.
Have fun tea-hopping in the Ratchaprasong area with your friends and loved-ones throughout May and June 2018. Visit bkkdowntown.com or fb.com/heartofbangkok to learn about more exclusive privileges offered to Bangkok Bank cardholders during this High Tea Jubilee 2018 period.