* Part 5 of a series *
Filipinos certainly love buffets and The Peninsula Manila recognizes that. So aside from offering just an afternoon tea set for two, it also has an afternoon tea buffet available daily at its majestic lobby from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. The buffet spread is really impressive. Well, what else can you expect from the Pen?
Let’s start off with tea. The Peninsula Manila serves TWG Tea and I chose its Sweet France blend: “The elegance and refinement of France concentrated in a teacup. This gracious TWG blend combines green tea with exotic flowers and a touch of chamomile to create a fresh and soothing cup.”
I’ve already discussed the differences between afternoon tea and high tea in a previous post. Afternoon tea is supposed to be a light snack between lunch and dinner, or what is commonly known in our country as merienda, while high tea is a heavier meal taken later in the day, like an early dinner. It’s safe to say that the Pen‘s afternoon tea buffet fare falls under high tea, except that the hours when one can enjoy it fit into the afternoon tea time frame. But, whatever. For my first plate, I got some fish fingers, grilled fish and pineapple on a skewer, smoked salmon in a bagel, sausage roll, bacon and marble potato salad, shepherd’s pie and beef on bread. So deliciously filling!
I was already full, but there was still so much food to try. I guess that’s my main problem with buffets — I tend to force myself to eat way too much so that I can get my money’s worth. This indulgent afternoon tea buffet costs P1,350++ per head so you can understand why I kept going back to the buffet table. Ha ha!
Finally, I got some Pinoy favorites and fixed myself a glass of halo-halo, one of The Lobby‘s bestsellers. The buffet spread changes seasonally but I do hope these delicacies will always be part of it.
Sure enough, I didn’t have room for dinner after overindulging in this afternoon/high tea affair. It’s nice to try the Peninsula Manila‘s afternoon tea buffet once — just once — but then I must say it defeats the whole concept or purpose of afternoon tea. Personally, I enjoy the simpler afternoon tea set more but this buffet was quite a gastronomic experience nevertheless.
“Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors.” – Alice Walker