Afternoon Tea at Eastern & Oriental

Hi all! Did you have a fun and festive Lunar New Year?

We’re back in Hong Kong, back to work (and classes for me – oy, the homework!). Naturally, I’m aching for another holiday, so the next best thing is to reminisce with a blog post.

I didn’t mention it in the previous post, but the Eastern & Oriental Hotel is a beautiful old hotel, built in the colonial era. The English-style afternoon tea is served daily (to the best of my knowledge) in 1885, a restaurant named after the year the hotel was established.

20151209 Setting

The setting for our afternoon tea was gorgeous, with starched linens and fresh flowers. I don’t know if there’s a dress code, but to be on the safe side we wore our nicer clothes and shoes. However, while we were there, we saw that the other diners were dressed rather casually. Well, I still like to dress up for these things. It makes the whole experience more fun!

20151209 Afternoon Tea

Here’s the tea set! It doesn’t look as dainty or as colourful as other tea sets, but taste-wise, it’s definitely one of the best we’ve had so far! As usual, we preferred the savoury items to the desserts.

20151209 Pastries

It would have been better with more chocolate, but still good nonetheless.

20151209 The Best Scones Ever

The stars of the tea set were these babies. These were the best scones ever – not too hard, not too soft and cake-like, just perfect. With the strawberry jam and clotted cream, they really hit the spot!

That’s all for tonight! As usual, I’ve got lots more posts lined up, and hopefully I’ll have some time later this week. More than that, I hope that the weather will be fine this weekend so we’ll be able to explore the city a little bit. I’m getting just a little tired of this cold, and I’m looking forward to spring!

Eastern & Oriental Hotel
10, Lebuh Farquhar, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Tel: +60 4-222 2000

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