Ratchaprasong celebrates High Tea Jubilee @ Ratchaprasong

| August 10, 2015
There were many taste and traditions reserved exclusively for the elite, and high tea was one of the Western elite cultures that have spread throughout the world. As the tradition made its way into the local cultures, local influences mixed with it, creating a new high tea culture in each country. Afternoon tea is not only about selecting the finest tea, but also pairing it with the right snacks and desserts. Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association (RSTA) is presenting the high tea cultures from around the world to the Thai people at High Tea Jubilee @ Ratchaprasong, a festival of afternoon tea delight, from today until October 15, 2015.
Ms. Nattaporn Chevamongkol, the representative of Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association (RSTA), said that Ratchaprasong Bangkok Downtown is one of Bangkok’s largest and most equipped lifestyle centers, offering unique products and services. RSTA members and brands jointly organise this new event. They are:
1. Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
2. Anantara Siam Bangkok
3. InterContinental Bangkok
4. Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong
5. The St Regis Bangkok
6. Centara Grand @ CentralWorld
7. 1823 Tea Lounge by Ronnefeldt
8. Twinings Tea Boutique
9. and Bangkok Bank credit card, who constantly supports RSTA events and offers special privileges such as Private Lounge and dining privileges.
In this event, Ratchaprasong is presented as the center of the best high tea in town, offering luxurious atmosphere and five-star services at the heart of Bangkok. High Tea Jubilee @ Ratchaprasong is a tea festival with aromas of international tea culture, presented by pastry chefs and tea masters, selecting the finest teas, savoury treats, and desserts inspired by high tea culture in Thailand, England, Italy, Austria, France, and Morocco.1.Chef-Jean-Marc-Breney-Executive-Pastry-ChefErawan-Tea-Room-by-Grand-Hyatt-Erawan_2579Thainess meets
European charms in Afternoon Tea Set from Erawan Tea Room
Afternoon Tea Set from Erawan Tea Room fuses Thai and European high tea cultures. Chef Jean-Marc Breney, Executive Pastry Chef, has chosen the restaurant’s signature tea “Bael Pandan Tea” to pair with French-style Pistachio Éclair. The set also includes other rare treats such as Ja Mongkut, Khanom Bueng, Chocolate-coated Thong Muan, Khanom Khrok, and Sticky Rice with Mango.Enjoy the charms of Thailand and Europe in the Afternoon Tea Set, priced at 600 baht for two, at Erawan Tea Room, 2nd floor, Erawan Bangkok, adjacent to Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok. The set is available daily from 2:30pm to 6:00pm. For more information and reservation, call 0 2254 6250.


East Meets West Afternoon Tea – the best of both worlds

East Meets West Afternoon Tea is created based on the inspirations from the East and the West by Chef Laurent Merdy, Executive Pastry Chef at Anatara Siam Bangkok. He has selected the finest ingredients from Europe and Asia to create sumptuous treats, both sweet and savoury, such as brie cheese, Italian sandwich, fruit tart, macaron, profiterole, and mousse. The highlight menu is served with premium French tea Mariage Frères, one of the most famous tea brands in the world.

Explore the beauty of Eastern and Western ingredients in the East Meets West Afternoon Tea set, priced at 800++ baht per person. The set is only available on weekdays at 2:00pm to 6:00pm at The Lobby Lounge, Anatara Siam Bangkok. For more information, contact 0 2126 8866.


Minty Moroccan treats

Morocco is a mesmerizing country that has exquisite culture and architecture. Moroccan-style Afternoon Tea Set is created by Chef Saiful Huda, Executive Pastry Chef and Chef Saiyud Boonthong, pastry chef at InterContinental Bangkok. They are inspired by the Moroccan who enjoy drinking mint tea. Their high tea creation fuses fine green tea with Sahara mint to create a delicate flavour. Morocco has “three cups” tradition, which means drinker must enjoy three cups of tea to enjoy the different flavours of the main ingredients – green tea, mint, and sugar. The tea is served with Arab sweets made with fig and date. The highlight is “Semolina cake” which is a specialty of Morocco. It has a buttery taste and sweetness from honey. This is a must-try treat for sweets lovers.

Discover Moroccan afternoon tea tradition in Moroccan-style Afternoon Tea Set, priced at 550++ baht per person and 850++ baht for two. The set is available at Balcony Lounge, Lobby floor, InterContinental Bangkok, daily from 2:30pm to 6:00pm. For more information, call 0 2656 0444 ext 6476.
Thai taste and Western tea

Chef Warud Watcharapanyanoon, Executive Pastry Chef at Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong, takes high tea to another level by introducing Thainess into Western treats in the Thai Afternoon Tea Set. The set includes Iced Mint and White Chocolate Green Tea, a special recipe that fuses green tea and mint with white chocolate. The tea is served with Jasmine Coconut Chocolate Cake, with premium chocolate, young coconut, and jasmine. Other interesting treats include Sticky Rice and Mango Sandwich Cake, Taro and Coconut Chiffon, Durian and Pandan Scone, Basil and Pork Mini Burger, and Tom Yam Salmon Sandwich Roll.

Sample the Thai Afternoon Tea Set, priced at 770++ baht for two persons, at R Bar, 1st floor, Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong, from 2:00pm to 3:00pm. For more information, call 0 2125 5105.


Indulge in tea, treats, and French taste

Speaking of France, everyone would think of freshly baked desserts and pastries like macaron, croissant, and millefeuille. Chef Thawat Prathumpuang, pastry chef of Zing Bakery, Centara Grand at Central World, is inspired by France in his French-style Afternoon Tea Set. He has chosen premium tea brand TWG, served hot or cold, enjoyed with French favourites. Smokey Earl Grey is served with savoury items such as foie gras terrine, tuna tartare, and smoked salmon with sour cream. For sweet desserts such as macaron, chocolate éclair, hazelnut Paris brest, and vanilla millefeuille, the best tea to go with them is Eternal Summer, a refreshing red tea. The highlight of the set is the mini macaron in various flavours.

Indulge in French flavours with French-style Afternoon Tea Set, priced at 699++ baht for two at Zing Bakery, G floor, Centara Grand at Central World. The bakery is open daily from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. For more information, call 0 2100 1234 ext 6485.


Elite European tea culture in Austrian Afternoon Tea Set

Ms. Saengphet Wannaprasert, Beverage Manager & Tea Master at 1823 Tea Lounge by Ronnefeldt, a legendary premium tea lounge, presents Austrian Afternoon Tea Set, inspired by the tea culture of Austria. The set includes Imperial Torte Cake, a special recipe by Imperial Hotel in Austria, baked for Emperor Franz Joseph when the hotel opened in 1873. It is served with Bangkok Blend, a unique special blend that fuses oolong tea with pineapple and papaya. Other treats include macaron and Austrian chocolates.

Enjoy Austrian Afternoon Tea Set, priced at 988++ baht, at 1823 Tea Lounge by Ronnefeldt, 1st floor, Gaysorn. The lounge is open from 10:00am to 8:00pm. For more information, call 02-656-1086.


Proper British tea, Twinings Elegant Afternoon Tea

England is the origin of the world’s afternoon tea culture. Twinings is a renowned and legendary British tea brand, with more than 300 years of history. Twinings Tea Boutique’s tea master, Mr. Theerasak Phangmuangdee presents Twinings Elegant Afternoon Tea Set, which reflects traditional and authentic afternoon tea culture from England. The set features Twinings Large –Leaf Discovery Collection, created by Twinings Master Blender. It is paired with signature menu such as Twinings Signature Earl Grey Chocolate Cake, made with Twinings Earl Grey tea. Other authentic treats include original scone and Earl Grey scone, served with Devon clotted cream, said to be the best in the world, and rose and lemon jam. Also in the set are sandwiches, canapés, macaron, and crème brulee.

Indulge in authentic English tea tradition with Twinings Elegant Afternoon Tea, priced at 1,290++ baht, at Twinings Tea Boutique, 1st floor, CentralWorld. The boutique is open from 10:00am to 10:00pm.  For more information, call 0 2613 1230.


La Dolce Vita, tea tradition from Italy

La Dolce Vita redefines tea drinking culture. The Drawing Room and The St. Regis Bar at 12th floor, The St. Regis Bangkok reflects Italian lifestyle, which focuses on simplicity and joy, in its afternoon tea set. Chef Matthew Woolford, head chef at The St. Regis Bangkok, presents the joy of tea and Italian treats in the La Dolce Vita set. TWG tea is served with Italian treats such as Sicilian-style Cannoli, which is a tube-like crunchy and tender fried pastry, stuffed with Cannoli cream, sweet chocolate and fruit filling, decorated with nuts.

Experience classic Italian flavours in the La Dolce Vita set, priced at 1,250++ baht for two persons, served with special drinks recommended by St. Regis bartender at The Drawing Room and The St. Regis Bar, 12th floor, The St. Regis Bangkok, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. For more information, call 0 2207 7826.

Experience the beauty of afternoon tea tradition in the first afternoon tea festival at Ratchaprasong. High Tea Jubilee @ Ratchaprasong runs from today until October 15, 2015. Bangkok Bank credit card members can enjoy up to 20% discount on the afternoon tea sets in this festival. For more information and promotion, visit www.heartofbangkok.com, www.facebook.com/HeartOfBangkok or download Ratchaprasong application.

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