Joan and I spent a wonderful afternoon in the Lobby Lounge at the Four Seasons. Tea is from 1:30 to 3:30 every day and you must make reservations at least 24 hours in advance.
The staff treated us like the queens we are and showed us to a lovely table next to a window and balcony. The first major task is to select your tea. Joan went with a lovely Tea de Provence and I enjoyed the standard Organic English Breakfast. All teas are Mighty Tealeaf brand, available at Whole Foods. Yes, those are rose petals on the table!
The first plate consisted of four tea sandwiches. Our selection was:
- Ham, tomato, Bibb lettuce, Swiss, and honey mustard on sourdough
- Smoked salmon and arugula on marble rye
- Grilled portobello mushroom and sundried tomato pesto on nine-grain
- Shrimp salad on toasted brioche
All was fabulous and I’m not sure we can pick a favorite.
Next we chose our second course tea. I couldn’t resist a rose-infused green tea and Joan tried the luscious chocolate mint truffle that was a complete meal when cream was added!
An auxiliary table had to be brought over for the sweets. Three kinds of scones, still warm from the oven, were served with clotted cream and lemon curd. At the top of the dessert tower were chocolate covered strawberries, jellies, chocolates, and tea cookies. And that wasn’t all! We each got a plate with a small serving of dense chocolate cake, ricotta crème cake, and hazelnut torte. Each bite was better than the last.
Needless to say, we were blissed out two hours later when we left, and we hadn’t even gotten any of the Roederer champagne that is an option with the tea. This is a special celebration place and I cannot wait to do it again! Happy birthday, Joan!