Hai Pai at Andaz
Address: Andaz Shanghai, 88 Songshan Lu, near Taicang Lu / 嵩山路88号上海安达仕酒店1楼, 近太仓路
Tel: 2310 1720
Hours: [afternoon tea] 2:30~5:30pm
Price: 258 RMB + 15%/set for two
Visited on: 2012-02-12
Fellow afternoon tea-ers, here’s a new spot for you in Xintiandi. Andaz Hotel’s Hai Pai, a fusion restaurant with a modern Shanghainese spirit, recently launched afternoon tea service in both of its compartments. The right side is of a modern Shanghainese decor, while the left is in the style of a French bistro. I chose the right side for its floor-to-ceiling windows, though the music selection was curiously eclectic…Jay Chou + Lenka mix?
Roast chickens on display
Hai Pai afternoon tea (258 RMB + 15%/set for two) is definitely one of the more affordable hotel afternoon tea sets out there. What it includes: the savory – 6 small dim sums, 2 cheese and ham sandwiches, 2 smoked salmon sandwiches and 2 mini lobster tarts; the sweet – 4 flavors of eclairs, 2 green tea madeleines, and 2 honey lemon madeleines. The size is about just right – it won’t leave you stuffed, but you probably won’t be needing a full dinner after this either.
Hai Pai afternoon tea
Starting with the savories, we quite enjoyed the trio of dim sums: shrimp dumpling, vegetarian siew mai, and mixed steamed dumpling.
The finger sandwiches and tarts were fine, not too shabby.
Ham & cheese sandwich
Smoked salmon sandwich
Lobster salad tart
As for the sweets, both the fresh fruits with vanilla cream and crème brûlée were simple but up to par. I especially liked the vanilla cream topping the berries, and the crème brûlée was quite lovely too, though it probably could’ve used a thicker caramelized crust.
Fresh fruits with vanilla cream
The eclairs and madeleines are the same ones you can find at Eclair. As I mentioned last time, I preferred the tarts at Eclair more than its eclairs, but these sweet tidbits make for a nice finishing along with the accompanying tea or coffee.
Madeleines and éclairs
This is the other side of Hai Pai, which is very nicely designed but somehow a tad bit chilly both times I visited. Heating system?
The other side
Semi private room
Afternoon Tea at Hai Pai wasn’t mind-blowing, but it’s a nicely put together set that can keep you entertained for an afternoon. It can also be enjoyed in the sleek hotel lobby lounge. Take your pick!