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Afternoon Tea in Manila: Chateau 1771

Posted by on April 9, 2015

* Part 2 of a series *

I’ve always been kind of intimidated by Chateau 1771‘s menu as well as its high-class appeal (read: very expensive). It has that air of sophistication that doesn’t quite match my personality. The French bistro that also serves Italian and Swiss specialties has always seemed too glamorous a restaurant for me so I’ve never dined there even though it’s been around for more than 25 years. Well, that was until I saw its promotional poster in Greenbelt for its Afternoon Tea available from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. daily. The set good for one to two persons costs P595+, while the other (supposedly for 3 to 4 persons) is priced at P950+. Not too intimadating, right? So I brought my mom-in-law along one afternoon to try it.

Afternoon tea for two

Afternoon tea for two

My initial reaction upon being served the afternoon tea set was, “That’s it?” According to Chateau‘s website, the set changes everyday, depending on the chef’s ingredients for the day. When we dined there were six pairs of bite-size sweet and savory nibblers on the tray: two teensy-weensy scones with a dollop of jam on their side (no clotted cream); shrimp on bread; ham on bread; roast beef on bread; dark chocolate tartlets; and little portions of Chateau‘s famous coffee pie. They’re so tiny they looked rather sorry. [On a positive note, that two-tiered serving tray is so pretty! I wish to own something similar.] For the beverage, there was a choice of La Maison du Thé or Vittoria French press coffee. I picked the Earl Grey tea — at least, it was good.

Chateau 1771

Chateau 1771

I felt a bit embarrassed to my mom-in-law for the tiny portions of food so I prodded her to order additional food from the regular menu. I guess she was either (a) also embarrassed or (b) too polite because she said she was already too full to order anything else. But seriously, even for someone with a bird-like appetite, there’s no way this afternoon tea set will suffice. If you ask me — and I’ve tried quite a few afternoon tea in town — Chateau 1771‘s afternoon tea is not good value for money.

“Life is like a cup of tea… it’s all in how you make it.”

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