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Afternoon Tea in Manila: Dusit Thani

Posted by on April 21, 2015

* Part 6 of a series *

Hotels are certainly some of the most reliable and ideal places to unwind and savor some of the finer things life has to offer.  Thus, in my quest to try the different afternoon tea offerings in the metro, I turned to one of our family’s favorite hotels: Dusit Thani Manila. In fact, I am a Dusit Gold cardholder, which means I get to enjoy discounts and other perks every time I stay or dine in any of its hotels worldwide.

Dusit Thani Manila's Afternoon High Tea

Dusit Thani Manila’s Afternoon High Tea

This Afternoon High Tea at Dusit Thani is the most affordable among those I’ve sampled in hotels so far — priced at P495 nett — and let me tell you why.

afternoon tea

afternoon tea

I must say that I love its unique three-tier serving tray that’s designed like a birdcage. It’s absolutely adorable. Service was great, as usual — the server even gave my daughter Bea some cookie nibblers and a glass of cold water even without her asking. However, the food selection was rather disappointing. The bottom plate had a pair of smoked salmon sandwiches and a pair of edam cheese sandwiches. They were very plain and… blah. The middle plate had a couple of chocolate chip cookies, which were not as chewy as I had hoped. Actually, I really wished they were scones instead of cookies. The topmost plate was a dessert sampler: a slice of what tasted like food for the gods topped with frosting, a small piece of cheesecake topped with strawberry, and what seemed to be an opera cake. None of them was a tasty treat. It’s such a shame because I’m very fond of the sweet creations in the hotel’s pastry shop, Dusit Gourmet.

Dilmah Earl Grey Tea

Dilmah Earl Grey Tea

Dusit serves Dilmah tea, which is very good, but because it was served a good 20 minutes ahead of the food, my tea was already stone-cold before I even started to eat. Oh, well….

I still love Dusit Thani Manila, especially its dining outlets Benjarong (for authentic Thai cuisine) and Umu (for delectable Japanese cuisine). The afternoon tea, however, leaves much to be desired. I wish they could improve on it because I know they can.

Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company.”

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