02 Feb Afternoon tea 5 – Anantara Chiang Mai resort
Chiang Mai is a very special city. Situated in the North of Thailand, in a area known as the Golden Triangle, the city is the destination of millions of tourists every year.
We came to the town for a few days and we did so much that it is likely that I will break the experience in several posts.
The first one will be about the afternoon tea at the Anantara Resort.
Located in the banks of the Mae Ping river, the resort is very central and well located for those who wish to explore the city. We did not stay at the resort but visited one afternoon for the tea.
The tea is served in the in the 1921 restaurant which is an open plan in the very British style… well, it could not be different, as the building once served as the British consulate and the heritage is preserved by the resort.
As the afternoon tea is also a British tradition, one could say that it is not something to be done in Thailand… maybe it is right but the place is a stunning property that deserved the visit. Also the afternoon tea is designed by the Michelin-starred Chef Roger Van Damme from Belgium.
The afternoon tea is served in the very traditional way… it is all there… silver cutlery, porcelain dishes, crystal glasses, several tier plates filed with sandwiches, quiches and SCONES…
Ah, the scones with the clotted cream were delicious…. and so was everything else…
I used to think of myself of a sweet tooth… but more recently I think I have changed and I have a taste for savoury dishes… so… I really went for the eggs and cress sandwiches and I did not leave any mini quiche behind.
My kids, as you would expect, are not really yet into the tradition, so we managed to have mini burgers and milk shakes made for them. It is not that they are difficult but they are not yet in the age to appreciate the tea properly.
Another interesting feature of the place is that the kitchen is an open plan… so we could observe the chefs preparing the delicious delicacies which were being placed in the tier trays. My kids were fascinated by the precision of the hands cutting and placing mini bits of chocolate over the cheesecake… An amazing demonstration high cuisine.
Notes of Jazz in the air from the life band playing at the restaurant, completed the 1920’s vibe… simply magical.
Prior to the experience, I would have agreed that having an afternoon tea in Chiang Mai may have sounded weird, not to say the least, but after seeing the place and lived the moment, I can say… an afternoon tea at the banks of the river in Chiang Mai is not a common and forgettable thing.
I would strongly recommend you try it too.