It’s a cold, grey day in Macau. What should you do with your afternoon? Last Saturday, we escaped the miserable weather by cozying up indoors at the Mandarin Oriental where they just launched their “Afternoon FANtasy”.
Afternoon tea is huge in Hong Kong thanks to 150 years of British rule, but in Macau it’s only started gaining popularity. I was lucky enough to get an invite randomly a few days before we ferried over for the weekend.
What’s so special about high tea at the Mandarin Oriental Macau? I can only compare it to my experience at the Intercontinental Hong Kong in 2012, with two of my girlfriends. We paid around HK$200-250 each for the set back then:
At MOP438 for two, afternoon tea at the Mandarin Oriental Macau is not too badly priced. Especially for what you get:
- Wagyu beef finger sandwich made with charcoaled squid ink bread, cepe mushroom and Espelette chilli
- Grilled panini sandwich made with tomato Provence herb bread, 24-month Iberico ham and Portuguese cheese
- Smoked Tasmanian salmon open face sandwich made with poppy seed beet root bread, smoked caviar and saffron garlic aioli;
- Raspberry financier with pistachio Chantilly cream
- Rose Champagne jelly with mixed berry caviar
…and more!! In my opinion, the selections at the Mandarin Oriental Macau are more filling and high-end/gourmet than other high teas I’ve tried.
And before I forget, there’s the fantastic view from Vida Rica Bar!
You have three options for the Valrhona hot chocolate (it comes with the set! Don’t miss it…):
- Jivara 40% milk chocolate: notes of malt and vanilla – I chose this but next time I would go for the 70% or 66%. I love milk chocolate but this was just not rich enough, it was more of a malt and vanilla drink for kids than anything else. The chocolates here are premium so might as well go for the richer, purer options below…
- Guanaja 70% dark chocolate with an intense and robust taste – this is the bestseller, apparently. I’d choose this next time.
- Caraibe 66% dark chocolate: flavours of almond and roasted coffee
Would I go back? Definitely, what a treat of an afternoon that was. And the location was perfect as well, right on a waterfront with a matchless view. I’d also stay at the Mandarin Oriental given the opportunity… we’ll see if I get it next year!
Given my steady transition into a healthier life, afternoon tea is definitely not part of my regular diet, but once in a blue moon it’s nice to spoil yourself, especially when there’s a special occasion or invitation. 🙂 Any thoughts are welcome!
Vida Rica Bar: 2/F Mandarin Oriental, Macau. Avenida Dr Sun Yat Sen, NAPE, Macau
Afternoon FANtasy (High Tea): 3pm-6pm on Saturdays and Sundays; MOP438 for two (subject to 10% service charge). For reservations, contact Vida Rica Bar on +853 8805 8928 or email firstname.lastname@example.org