Bangkok Travelogue: Afternoon Tea @ Author’s Lounge

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Before arriving in Bangkok, I did my research on the top afternoon teas in the capital. I was careful with my selection as I wanted a perfect experience– we were going to celebrate Mother’s Day and Mama deserves the best! I kept my eyes opened in search of a classy place which serves good food; Mandarin Oriental Bangkok Author’s Lounge fit the bill. Click here to view my blog post on the stunning Mandarin Oriental Hotel and how to get there via BTS.

For those who feel overwhelmed by the scale and speed of city life, Author’s lounge is the perfect respite. The space is overtly designed to look and feel like the epicenter of calm. Take your time to enjoy an excellent afternoon tea in a picturesque setting, oozing an abundance of colonial charm.

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As you can see, there are not many tables in the main dining area, so do book early to avoid disappointment.

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Service is enthusiastic and warm. We had slight difficult communicating with one of the service staff but this is understandable as English is not Thai folks’ first language.

Glass ceiling, floral décor, lush greenery and soft music adds to the tranquil garden atmosphere. Thank goodness for the powerful air-conditioning, it was a very hot day.

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There is another area away from the main dining room which is quieter, if you prefer more privacy.

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Not sure whether this piano can be played or it’s just for decoration.

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As the guitarist sets the mood, indulge in exquisite afternoon tea fare!

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My family!

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I would love dining in these fancy seats…

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We had traditional afternoon tea sets (1350 baht per set). One set serves 2 persons and includes 1 drink.

Thai and vegetarian afternoon tea sets are also available.

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I had iced Aiguilles d’Argent silver needles tea – white tea which has a light delicate aroma.

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MIL and FIL picked Grand Oolong tea while Hubby chose iced coffee (290 baht). Refreshing green lime and ginger sorbet helped our bodies cool down. This was comforting as I felt drained from the sweltering heat I was exposed to while traveling to Mandarin Oriental.

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The savories and sweets were equally outstanding; it’s obvious that no effort was spared to make food offerings exceptional. Often, unique ingredients are used to give traditional treats an adventurous twist. Please note that this picture shows 2 sets of afternoon tea.

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Bottom tier:
Sugar cane smoked Barbary duck in butter brochie roll
Baked mushroom and spinach turnover
Cooked ham and cheddar cheese tea sandwich
Boiled egg and mayonnaise salad tea sandwich
Smoked salmon and lemon-horseradish cream tea whole wheat croissant

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Baked mushroom and spinach turnover in flaky, buttery pastry

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Middle tier:
Chocolate and hazelnut cake with crunchy base
Fruit tart
Potted crème brulee
Vanilla panna cotta with roasted pear compote
Raspberry crumble

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Delicate treat: Papaya, kiwi and raspberry fruit tart

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Close up of the melt-in-your-mouth raspberry crumble

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Top tier:
English Fruit cake and lemon chiffon butter cake
Butter cookie with apricot marmalade
Poppy seed short bread finger
Champagne stick

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Traditional plain and raisin scones
The Oriental pomelo marmalade, raspberry preserve
Mystic Rose petal Jam
Clotted cream and Creamy butter

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Afternoon tea is served daily from 2.30pm-5pm. Tourists can make reservations via email here.

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My next post will feature pictures taken in Mandarin Oriental Hotel Bangkok. Its so beautiful; hubby and I had a great time snapping away!

Check out my posts on St Regis Bangkok afternoon tea here and here 🙂

 

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