Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Beverly Hills: afternoon tea at the Peninsula

On the afternoon of my birthday a couple weeks ago, Karthik and I drove over to the Peninsula Beverly Hills for tea.  We started with a glass of champagne and a cup of strawberries with whipped cream, and then had the signature "Belvedere Blend" of black tea with some fruity flavors.

On the top tier were plain and currant scones, served with clotted cream, lemon curd, and preserves.  Sandwiches, on the bottom tier, included chicken curry, smoked salmon, egg salad, and cucumber.  Desserts on the middle tier: pear profiteroles, tiny gingerbread tea cakes, chestnut macarons, lychee raspberry mousse cake, and opera cake.

The "living room" in which tea is served is amusingly ornate, almost stuffy, and service is attentive to the point of being excessive (no one actually needs a server to monitor the volume in one's teacup and refill accordingly).  That said, tea here did provide an indulgent and peaceful interlude during our normally studying-obsessed, jeans-or-scrubs-wearing lives.