Asia’s Best High Tea

High Tea has reached a new height with many ho­tels pay­ing a se­ri­ous in­ter­est in their high tea. With food look­ing as good as it tastes (if not bet­ter), it’s no won­der High Tea has fast be­come pop­u­lar.

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High Tea has gone far­ther than just serv­ing a light meal to fill the gap be­tween lunch and din­ner. Pas­try chefs are putting out their cre­ative ideas into it, and it is so ex­cit­ing to see what high tea each ho­tel has to of­fer.

Grand Hy­att Taipei

Con­sid­ered by many as the most high­pow­ered, high tea ex­pe­ri­ence in asia, Grand Hy­att Taipei’s Café restau­rant serves over­the-top af­ter­noon tea buf­fet with more than ten live cook­ing sta­tions and 120 dif­fer­ent in­ter­na­tional del­i­ca­cies. It re­sem­bles a gourmet mar­ket­place. High­lights in­clude Sushi and Seafood bar, a Salad bar, a Fresh juice bar, Chi­nese, In­dian as well as Western fare, and a dessert sta­tion filled with cheese, all-you-can-eat cakes and pas­tries, and a matcha choco­late foun­tain to top it off. It is served daily from 03.00Pm to 05.00Pm. Priced at USD 30++ per per­son. 2, SongShou Road | Phone. +886 2 2720 1234 | taipei.grand.hy­att.com

The Westin Jakarta

Back home in In­done­sia, high tea has def­i­nitely reached a new high (lit­er­ally speak­ing) at The Westin Jakarta. En­joy a mid-day break and ex­pe­ri­ence a sump­tu­ous high tea in­spired by the clouds around the lobby lounge of Westin Jakarta – the high­est lobby lounge in In­done­sia. Served from 02.00PM un­til 05.00PM, the af­ter­noon Tea can be en­joyed for two per­sons of­fer­ing two se­lec­tions of the re­lax­ing Jing Tea. To com­plete the ex­pe­ri­ence, freshly cut sand­wiches will also be avail­able for you to en­joy, serv­ing Salmon & Brios Sand­wich, Chicken Salad Sand­wich, Prawn Av­o­cado Fo­cac­cia, and Cu­cum­ber & Goat Cheese. For sweet tooths, house pas­tries such as Vi­ola Pop Cake, Rasp­berry Choux, Mango Jelly and Matcha Sponge can be a good choice. Your taste buds will also be pam­pered with the freshly baked Westin scones, serv­ing Pan­dan &Co­conut Scones and Mango Sc ones served with Kay a Sauce and Tra­di­tional Whip Cream. The high tea is served on the 52nd floor ev­ery day, from 02.00PM to 05.00PM. It is priced at IDR 388,000++ for two per­sons. Jl. H. R. Ra­suna Said Kav.C-22 A, Jakarta – In­done­sia | Phone. +62 21 2788 7788 | www.west­in­jakarta.com

The San­chaya Bin­tan

On In­done­sia’s is­land of Bin­tan, The San­chaya Bin­tan serves up af­ter­noon tea on a ve­randa over­look­ing pow­der white sands and aqua­ma­rine waters dot­ted with a pic­turesque is­land. Sa­vory treats from the Clas­sic English, South­east Asian and Ar­ti­sanal-themed af­ter­noon teas are served, These treats in­cludes roasted beef with beet­root and horse­rad­ish rel­ish, ‘tahu isi’ stuffed lo­cal tofu with mixed veg­eta­bles, and lob­ster ce­viche on cros­tini, and topped off with sweets such as fresh berries with vanilla cus­tard, fried ice cream in bread and spring roll skin and creamy dragon fruit tart­let. An­chored by The San­chaya’s cus­tomised Ron­nefeldt tea range, af­ter­noon tea for two costs USD 46++. Jl. Gurindam Dua­belas Plot 5, Bin­tan – In­done­sia | Phone. +62 770 692 200 | www.the­san­chaya.com

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