This week’s iDEAL Guide focuses on afternoon tea deals. Shanghai Daily reporter Zhang Yang has scoped out five offerings at local hotels, where guests can enjoy scrumptious morsels in relaxed, high-end surroundings.
JADE on 36 at Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai is proud to present its first-ever Art Series afternoon tea. During this exciting limited-time event, pastry chefs will create an array of delicate refreshments that draw inspiration from the works of Leonardo Da Vinci. The afternoon tea set is available from 2pm to 5pm every Saturday until June 30.
Price: 248 yuan (US$38) plus 15 percent per person.
The Riviera Lounge at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai is a stylish place for guests to chat over tea or just enjoy a quiet moment overlooking a terrace garden. In the hotel’s gold-trimmed lounge, guests will be served the quintessential Mandarin Oriental afternoon tea, a cherished ritual at all Mandarin Oriental hotels worldwide.
This May, Riviera Lounge is introducing its Tiffany High Tea, featuring a bevy of berry-based delicacies such as the vanilla cup cake with blackberry lemon frosting, the chocolate handbag with blueberry crunch ganache, and scones with raspberry and strawberry jams.
Price: 298 yuan plus 15 percent surcharge per person
Salon de Ville exudes plush warmth with its cluster of traditional sofas and cheerful color scheme of cabernet tones accented with touches of gold, brown and green. Afternoon tea connoisseurs will enjoy selecting from a wide selection of pastries and puffs that change every day, offering returning and new guests alike a fresh experience with their pot of tea or coffee. Teas on offer include Assam Mokalbari, Herbs & Ginger, and Chinese Da Hong Pao, a prestigious type of oolong tea. Guests may also indulge in a glass of bubbly rosé.
Price: 320 yuan plus 15 percent surcharge per person or 550 yuan plus 15 percent surcharge per couple
Afternoon tea at Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel Shanghai is a special treat for guests. Served on a three-layer red tower in traditional Chinese style, the two-person set includes fluffy scones, a selection of finger sandwiches, an assortment of cakes and sweets, tea and two glasses of bubbly. To make the experience even more enjoyable, guests can relax and dine to the accompaniment of a live band in the lobby.
Price: 258 yuan plus 15 percent surcharge per set or 358 yuan plus 15 percent surcharge with two glasses of bubbly included
Vitality Afternoon Tea at Swissôtel Grand Shanghai aims to revitalize weary travelers and local guests with a range of healthy snacks and drinks at the stylish Flow Lounge & Bar. The pastry chef uses fresh ingredients to conjure up a delicious medley of yoghurt drinks, fruit and vegetable sticks, hummus, pear sandwich with whole wheat bread, and much more.