Another one recommended stop on "1,000 to see before you die" book was the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. I thought it would be odd just to walk around a hotel lobby so I was looking through the site and saw afternoon tea! Perfect. We got off the Skytrain and took the complimentary boat from the dock up river to the hotel.
The hotel is gorgeous and since we arrived early for afternoon tea (they have two serving times) we were just relaxing in the lobby which was perfectly fine since it's a great spot to people watch and it's just so beautifully decorated with all the fresh flowers!
When we walked into the Author's Lounge you seriously feel like you're stepping into a different era. It's breathtaking! There are three different options for afternoon tea: tradition, vegetarian and thai. We ordered one of each since two people can share one set. If you're only going to visit once and can only order one of the sets, I say go with the Thai set. When else are you going to have the opportunity to try this, right?
There was a huge variety on the tiered trays and the presentation was amazing. The sandwiches were good and most of the desserts were tasty. The one thing that I would change is adding more savory flavors because the sweet became a bit overwhelming.
Great experience and I would recommend it more so for the ambience of the lounge and the hotel itself.
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