* Part 13 of a series *
The list of establishments that offer afternoon tea in Manila keeps growing longer, it’s getting harder for me to keep up. I stumbled upon Relish at Ponte while searching online for must-try afternoon tea offerings in the city. I’ve heard of Relish – Hello, Happiness! located in Quezon City, but I didn’t even know there was a Relish restaurant in Makati and it’s already celebrating its 5th anniversary this month! So anyway, since my friend Steffi treated me to an afternoon tea buffet in the Peninsula Manila some weeks ago, I decided to return the favor and invited her to share the afternoon tea set with me at Relish at Ponte. Turns out, she’s been to the restaurant before because the owner is a very good friend of hers.
According to its website, Relish at Ponte “is a cozy modern bistro restaurant serving delicious cross-continental food inspired by family favorites.” The restaurant is located on the ground floor of the Ponte Salcedo Building at 120 Valero Street, Salcedo Village in Makati. Obviously, its main customer base is made up of the corporate types: business executives, lawyers and their clients, and office workers who are there for meetings and/or power lunches. Steffi and I — both stay-at-home mothers — were just there for afternoon tea.
The Afternoon Tea for Two (P375++) is served from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. from Mondays through Fridays. It consists of an appetizer sampler (crostini with chicken liver pate topped with jam; crostini with wild mushroom dip), tea sandwiches (a pair of roast beef and a couple of egg salad sandwiches), a dessert sampler (cheesecake, orange loaf cake, grapes) and a pot of Harney & Sons tea of your choice. I liked everything in the set, except the cheesecake just because it’s one of those things that I don’t eat. I think that the whole set was carefully thought-of and because the “meal” is as light as it should be, it fulfills the afternoon tea ideals. Those who are looking for a reasonably-priced, tasty afternoon tea will surely be quite pleased with this set from Relish.
“I am in no way interested in immortality, but only in the taste of tea.” — Lu Tung