* Part 15 of a series *
I’m just so happy that the afternoon tea culture is alive and flourishing here in Manila. After all, sharing afternoon tea is really a most wonderful way to catch up with tea-loving friends. It’s only been a few months since Marco Polo Ortigas launched its afternoon tea set but it has already earned quite a number of fans, myself included.
For my pre-birthday treat I invited my dear friend to join me for tea in Marco Polo. It’s the first time for both of us to set foot in the newly-rated five-star hotel so we tried to manage our expectations. Afternoon tea is served at the Connect Lounge on the 24th floor with a panoramic view of the concrete jungle that is Ortigas. The lounge is relatively small but it is very bright and invitingly cozy.
Available from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. daily, this highly satisfying set for two persons costs only P788 nett. You get two pots of tea of your choice from German tea brand Ronnefeldt. The three-tiered tray carries scones accompanied by clotted cream and jam, savory sandwiches (I totally enjoyed them) and assorted sweets. Just when we thought it was already complete, we got more.
The sherbet was visually arresting and came as a pleasant surprise in a bowl with colored liquid underneath (something like liquid ice or liquid nitrogen???). But I guess our favorite surprise was the pair of chocolate fondant that even came with vanilla cream sauce and chocolate sauce. I don’t know why it’s called fondant but it’s akin to a molten lava cake that’s so decadent it’s….ahhh… unforgettable! The dessert is broiled only upon order of an afternoon tea set so it takes a while to be served but it’s so worth the wait, I tell you.
Marco Polo Ortigas‘ afternoon tea offering is easily one of the most enjoyable, most carefully thought of ensemble of delectable treats. It’s a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds.
“I like tea so much that I’m considering changing my name to Bergamot so that I can exist in a perpetual state of Earl Grey contentment.” — Fennel Hudson