T E A W I T H A T W I S T 8 | 9 U S A For a traditional afternoon tea that is steeped in Californian vibes, combine your visit to the historic Huntington Rose Garden for a day of beauty and memorable tea service. Los Angeles is home to many luxurious cafés, restaurants and historic sites, but to have such a splendid rose garden as the backdrop to one of life’s most nourishing luxuries is a real treat. Balance the nibbles with sparkling local wine or a selection of Combine the luxury of Californian gardens with the regional fare of China at the Chinese Tea House with dumpling and noodle dishes from the many regions of China as well as Nepal and Mongolia. T H A I L A N D Named in the top five in Thailand, the Erawan Team Room at the Erawan Bangkok is the place for afternoon tea with a Thai twist. Overlooking the Erawan Shrine and operated by the Grand Hyatt, the restaurant was included in the Miele Guide as Asia’s finest restaurant. The tea menu is memorable – local delicacies such as spicy papaya salad, satay, and curries – are served amongst Asian ceramics. Set in a rich, classic décor by internationally acclaimed designer Tony Chi, it evokes a nostalgic atmosphere overlooking the Erawan Shrine, one of the most visited shrines in the city. Some of the not-to-be-missed signature dishes include Erawan fried rice with crab roe and chilli paste, yam pla dook foo (fluffy catfish salad with green mango dressing) and sangkaya maprao (coconut crème brûlée). H O N G K O N G One of the most-loved luxury cities is Hong Kong and an afternoon tea at The Peninsula is not to be forgotten. It is a quintessential experience when visiting the 'Fragrant Harbour'. Unmatched in its grandeur and elegance, The Peninsula has become known as the ‘Grande Dame of the Far East’. For a high tea experience like no other, book into The Lobby where a string quartet provides the musical ambiance befitting of an almost century old hotel. Combining traditional with colonial architecture, The Peninsula is located in Kowloon and is a stunning reminder of when Hong Kong was under British rule. Keep an eye out for the nine Silver Shadow IIs painted in Brewster Green. The deep hue of dignified green is now known at Rolls Royce as "Peninsula Green" and appears only on vehicles intended for The Peninsula. artisan teas. Try the in-house scones with seasonal flavours like maple pecan or orange cranberry. Take in the serene rose displays before your tea for an indulgent Los Angeles day. There is so much to see at The Huntington – even a Chinese Tea House. Set amongst the Chinese Garden, a traditional tea house rises over the undulating greenery. The largest Chinese-style gardens outside China, this is the Garden of Flowing Fragrance Liu Fang Yuan 流芳園.
LPS Magazine April 2018
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