I took a morning flight to Shanghai and since my close friend Sinmei from Sinmei Teahouse HK, Shanghai and now also has a new shop Sinmei Brisbane, Australia (Congratulations) was also in town, we decided to have an Afternoon Tea here in the Mandarin Oriental Pudong Hotel first, before taking me out to some other food ventures. So excited already. The Traditional Afternoon Tea here is RMB 218 for two persons and surprisingly it was way better than we could have expected.
Apparently I asked and Mandarin Oriental Pudong is only barely 1 year old -
The decoration and building materials used are definitely World Class. Such is the rate of development in China and Shanghai.
Roasted Beef & Horseradish Cream Laugen Sandwich,
Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese “Gradual” on Katen Bread,
Egg Brandade in Olive Rosemary Muffin,
Porcini & Vanilla Risotto Ball -
Ok I am totally sold. Just the recipes concept themselves alone makes me think this is genius. It is so convincing and it also delivered in the final taste. I think the muffin could handle more olive rosemary though like a focaccia does. ~ 9/10
Chestnut Cream Profiterole, Orange Creme Brulee,
Sour Cream Cheese Cake,
Hazelnut Raspberry Cake,
Lavender Macarons -
When this arrived, it seems like the orange creme brulee got replaced by a Tiramisu, which was also surprisingly accurate just like in Italy, to the extent I feel ashamed as a Hong Konger to say this almost beats all version in HK side. The other items were all done very well. Sour Cream Cheese Cake was another genius item, it is not your typical in-your-face Philadelphia cream cheese cake recipe although that cheese was present too but sour cream! The profiterole had a crunchy toffee coating which made the choux pastry stay quite fresh inside. Even the lavender macarons had a strong lavender taste whether you like them or not. ~ Thumbs Up 8.5/10 !
Warm Scones, Home made Jam and Clotted Cream -
I won’t say I don’t like these but just like any scones outside of England, it just doesn’t have that right texture and taste. Here it was more bready somewhat. However relatively speaking this was deemed acceptable for Asia’s standards – after all we are not in the UK or Scotland and just for fun I copied Mandarin Oriental’s logo beneath as part of the address to see if it works. ~ 7/10
Price: RMB $218 + 15%
Food: ♕♕♕♕ 1/2 to ♕♕♕♕♕ 1/2