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Afternoon Tea in Manila: Poetry & Prose Patisserie

Posted by on April 13, 2015

* Part 4 of a series *

With afternoon tea gaining more popularity in the city, more dining establishments are now offering it as a regular part of their menu. One such restaurant is Poetry & Prose Patisserie located on the Streetscape strip of Shangri-La Plaza in Mandaluyong. It’s a charming little place, reportedly inspired by the tea rooms of the famous Angelina of Paris, and the menu is decidedly French.

Poetry & Prose

Poetry & Prose

However, afternoon tea is headlined as The English Tea Sets (Thé Anglaise), available daily from 2:30 to 5:30 in the afternoon. There are three choices, namely: Le Sablière (tea for one – P305+) consists of 2 regular scones, 3 mini-French pastries and a pot of tea; Duchess of Bedford (tea for two – P588+) has 4 mini-scones, 4 tea sandwiches, an assortment of 6 mini-French pastries plus choice of tea; and Queen Victoria (tea for three – P758+) includes 6 mini-scones, 6 tea sandwiches, 9 assorted mini-French pastries and tea.

Queen Victoria set

Queen Victoria set

I was with my daughter Bea, my friend Rodelyn and her two kids when we tried the Queen Victoria set last year. We also ordered additional items like beignets, mille-fuille and macarons apart from the afternoon tea. I thought that the selection of finger foods was very satisfactory.

desserts come first

desserts come first

The topmost tier had the sweet stuff: cake slices, profiteroles and madeleines. The second layer was devoted to scones, while the last layer held assorted tea sandwiches. I had no cause for complaints. They’re all good.

Harney & Sons

Harney & Sons

Tea is by New York-based Harney & Sons Master Tea Blenders, another high-quality tea brand with which I’m totally in love. I’m just so glad that it is already being distributed in the Philippines so I can always enjoy its finest blends. The Paris tea, for instance, pays homage to La Ville Lumière with its blend of fruity black tea, vanilla, caramel and a hint of lemon and bergamot. It has a very calming effect.

The thing I love most about Poetry & Prose Patisserie is that the owner of the place is a certified lover of literature and food. Proof: she also owns Pages Deli, another perfect place for book lovers and food lovers alike. Cheers to that!

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C.S. Lewis

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