* Part 8 of a series *
There’s nothing wrong with getting oneself an early Mother’s Day treat, is there? Honestly, I feel like I ought to give myself a simple reward — nothing grand, nothing extravagant — for all the little things that I do for my family, knowing that motherhood is not the easiest thing in the world. And because I’m doing this afternoon tea series, I decided to treat myself to Marriott Hotel Manila‘s “Afternoon High Tea” which, technically, is not high tea but is, in fact, afternoon tea.
Available from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Marriott‘s The GreatRoom, the set costs P550++ and can satisfy one to two persons with small appetites. Tea is served first, and I picked the Single Origin Darjeeling from Dilmah. Unlike Makati Shangri-La and The Peninsula Manila, which have both established themselves as sought-after afternoon tea venues, I believe the afternoon tea craze has not caught on in this hotel yet. It took forever to wait for my food to arrive — it’s a good thing my tea remained hot.
The first layer of the 3-tiered serving tray had some really dainty savory bites: arugula leaves wrapped in smoked salmon, tomato and cheese skewer, mushroom and onion tartlet topped with cheese, and a couple of vegetable sandwiches that I skipped eating.
The next layer contained 5 miniature scones (just slightly bigger than a ten-peso coin) accompanied by clotted cream and fruit jam. Not bad, but not remarkable either.
The last layer was composed of pretty but tiny portions of sweets. I particularly liked the elongated macaron and the mango dessert. Nice and sweet. The whole afternoon tea set was just okay for me. At least it was reasonably-priced for a hotel offering. And the Dilmah specialty tea was lovely, as always.
I would like to greet all the loving and devoted moms in the world a very happy Mother’s Day! We all deserve the best because…
“A mother’s love is like a cup of tea — it is always there to comfort you.”