* 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.
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.
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.
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.
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