Flair Rooftop Restaurant & Bar
Address: Ritz-Carlton Pudong, 58/F, 8 Shiji Da Dao, near Lujiazui Huan Lu
. 世纪大道8号, 上海浦东丽思卡尔顿酒店58楼, 近陆家嘴环路
Tel: 2020 1778
Hours: Sat & Sun 2:00pm~5:00pm (afternoon tea)
Price: 228 RMB + 15%/set
Please note that this is an arranged tasting, so my experience is possibly more positive than a regular visit.
Every five-star hotel has its own version of the traditional English High Tea, but Flair Rooftop Restaurant & Bar at the Ritz-Carlton Pudong is doing something quite uniquely Asian. Prawn dumplings and California roll? Yes ma’am, they’ve got them. Let’s take a look at what else is on the plate.
Flair Hi Tea Set, 228 RMB
Japanese Fancy Sencha
There are two types of tea sets at Flair, a “Flair Hi Tea Set” and a “Roof-top Hi Tea Set”, both priced at 228 RMB + 15%. Depending on which set you order, you can either get….
Spring rolls with tamarind sauce (Roof-Top Tea Set) or vegetable samosas (Flair Tea Set).
Spring roll with tamarind sauce, vegetable samosa
Teriyaki chicken roll (Roof-Top Tea Set) or smoked salmon Californian roll (Flair Tea set).
Smoked salmon Californian roll, teriyaki chicken roll
A quartet of mango soup with pomelo, ginger creme brulee, coconut meringue tartlet, and green tea cheese cake for the Rooftop Tea Set.
Mango soup with pomelo, ginger creme brulee, coconut meringue tartlet, green tea cheese cake
Or a set of lemon grass panna cotta, green tea and red bean pudding, sticky rice with mango and coconut cream, and chocolate mousse for the Flair Tea Set.
Lemon grass panna cotta, green tea and red bean pudding, sticky rice with mango and coconut cream, chocolate mousse
Both sets come with a cinnamon raisin scone with marmalade and clotted cream.
Cinnamon raisin scone with marmalade and clotted cream
As well as baked BBQ pastry, prawn dumplings, and pork siew mai.
Baked BBQ pastry, prawn dumpling and pork siew mai
Both the sweet and the savory are of satisfying quality, as is expected of Ritz-Carlton. I especially liked the prawn dumpling and pork siew mai, which are made by the Kitchen of Jin Xuan, an excellent Cantonese restaurant on the 53rd floor of the Ritz.
And of course, both sets come with the spectacular view of the Pearl Tower and the bund that Flair is most known for. On a clear day, the view would be quite breathtaking. Especially now that the weather in Shanghai has cooled down to a comfortable temperature, the patio would be an ideal spot to spend the afternoon away.
A few last words on service. When we complained that the AC was too strong, the waitress was unable to adjust the setting (apparently it’s centrally controlled) but was quick to bring us some scarves. A nice gesture, no?
For more afternoon high tea options, see here: