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Afternoon Tea in Manila: The Manila Hotel

Posted by on July 30, 2015

* Part 11 of a series *

For more than a hundred years now, The Manila Hotel has been a landmark of grandeur, luxury and rich tradition right in the very heart of the City of Manila. It has witnessed many historic events and still remains one of the favorite hangouts of the well-heeled members of society. Also known as the Grande Dame, this esteemed hotel upholds the lavish tradition of afternoon tea in its elegant Lobby Lounge — and does it very tastefully.

Manila Afternoon Tea

Manila Afternoon Tea

Since I haven’t concluded my afternoon tea series yet, I thought it might be wonderful to try the Manila Hotel‘s offering. It’s called the Manila Afternoon Tea (P500++ or P650 net): a mix of classic Filipino and continental favorites.  Tea service starts at 2:00 pm and is good for two persons. In other establishments, they only serve one pot of tea inclusive in the set. But in the Manila Hotel, you get 2 pots of tea of your choice. Perfect! I invited my friend, Arlene to join me so we can share the set together. We started off with the third layer of the tray which contained a pair of kesong puti sandwiches and Norwegian smoked salmon on wheat bread. They were good.

tea sandwiches

tea sandwiches

On to our next plate, which was on the topmost tier — Filipino rice cakes bibingka and puto bumbong. It came with another plate of all the toppings you can possibly want for the rice cakes, namely: grated coconut, muscovado sugar, grated cheese, goat’s cheese (kesong puti) and salted egg slices.

bibingka and puto bumbong

bibingka and puto bumbong

Then lastly, we had the tiny cake slices. Admittedly, the portions were very small but they turned out to be just right. They were a nice and perfectly sweet way to cap the meal.

cake sampler

cake sampler

For me, the Manila Hotel‘s Afternoon Tea is ideal just because it is not too heavy and yet it does not leave you wanting for more. It’s just right for a light afternoon snack while passing the time, listening to soothing piano music and just taking in all the elegant charms of the hotel. And it’s reasonably-priced, too.

“Tea is quiet and our thirst for tea is never far from our craving for beauty.”James Norwood Pratt

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