I got uncharacteristically classy this past weekend and went to The Peninsula in Hong Kong to meet my friend E for afternoon tea. We got seated right at 2 p.m., when it opened, because E got on the line at 1:30.
Neither of us had tried this sort of formal afternoon tea before (and this one at The Peninsula is supposedly legendary), so we decided to go all out and get the Tea Set for Two. And let me tell you — it was super classy. It was all shiny silver tea sets, three-tier cake stand, and dainty little cakes and scones and sandwiches. Service was also impeccable, but I’m so accustomed to loud, abrasive servers that these sort of white-tablecloth waiters make me a bit nervous.
Anyway, my first afternoon tea at The Peninsula was just marvelous, darling. The food was quite good, and the atmosphere was delightful. There was live music from a quartet that, at one point, was playing Handel’s “Hallelujah” (random), and servers brought around extra little treats, including a pina colada mousse and a dark chocolate truffle at the end. We also sat there for two hours and laughed at the mile-long line of tourists that were waiting for a table. Actually, no, we didn’t laugh. But we did take our sweet ass time nibbling on our treats and talking loudly about how we’re glad we’re not one of the miserable suckers waiting on line.