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[Shanghai] Afternoon Tea at The PuLi

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The PuLi Hotel & Spa

Add: 1 Changde Lu, near Yan’an Zhong Lu / 常德路1号,近延安中路
Tel: 3203 9999
Hours: [afternoon tea] 2:30-5:30pm
Price: [afternoon tea] 240 + 15% RMB/set, +100 RMB for Moet & Chandon Brut NV
Visited: Dec 2011

Please note that this is an arranged tasting.

In this cold weather, there’s not much better than spending a warm and delicious afternoon at The PuLi Hotel & Spa. The sun-filled lobby, an elegant space that feels a world away from the dizzying Shanghai city center, is a most ideal place to enjoy the hotel’s newly launched afternoon tea service.

For a even more secluded experience, head upstairs to Jing’An Restaurant, an understated yet stylish dining room overlooking Jing’An Park. You can also choose to take the tea service out on the terrace, but let’s save that for a warmer day…

Instead of the typical three tier tea stand, we were presented with a gorgeous wooden lacquer box, and instantly I knew PuLi’s afternoon tea would be quite different from anything else I’ve tried in this city. The price: 240 +15% RMB for a set (enough to feed two), or 340 +15% RMB with a glass of champagne.

And what’s inside the box? The savory: cured salmon pretzel bread, pork pie, chicken and mayo pretzel bread, bacon & egg pie. The sweet: raspberry donut, chocolate brownie, blueberry tart, strawberry tart. Each a mouthful of joy on its own, and all together they make a most charming assembly.

While everything in box was meticulously put together, I was especially impressed with the savory tidbits, starting with the cured salmon pretzel bread.

Bacon & egg pie.

Chicken with mayo pretzel bread.

Pork pie.

Let’s not forget the warm, buttery, fluffy scones!

Lastly, the petit fours: orange chocolate truffle, strawberry marshmallow, lemon sable, chocolate meringue. I’m not a fan of marshmallows and meringues in general, but quite liked the orange chocolate truffle and crumbly lemon sable.

As part of the set, choose from a selection of tea and coffee, or, if in the mood for something bubbly, opt for a glass of Moet and Chandon Brut NV (+100 RMB).

A lovely time, do come and try it for yourself.

For more high tea options in Shanghai, take a look at the Shanghai Afternoon Tea Guide.

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December 11th, 2011 at 11:00 pm