Afternoon tea is only available at Annie Miler’s airy Century City café on Thursdays from 3 PM – 5 PM. The week after Thanksgiving, my friend and I were apparently the only people interested in Clementine‘s formal tea service, which we enjoyed at a table dressed with a white tablecloth and a sprig of Christmas holly.
We each received a choice of Fonté Full Leaf Teas: Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Chamomile, Peppermint or Shana’s Chai. We were also allowed to order anything from the coffee bar, but that would have defeated the purpose. We selected pots of Earl Grey and Peppermint, which we allowed to steep for a couple minutes before pouring through our silver strainers. We also received a small pitcher of whole milk and a dish of brown sugar cubes. I took two lumps.
I don’t normally enjoy such dainty food, but Clementine’s tea service was unexpectedly flavorful, the setting didn’t include any antiques or doilies, and at $18.95 per person for so many tastes, the experience was reasonable. I might have to get used to high tea.
Note: Reservations are required.
January 28, 2009 at 12:58 PM
I might have to get used to high tea.
ALAS, WHAT YOU MEAN TO SAY IS AFTERNOON TEA, THE CEREMONY WITH DAINTIES AND TEA. HIGH TEA IS A VERY CASUAL MEAL ALWAYS WITH A MEAT DISH. AMERICANS AND THE MEDIA CANNOT SEEM TO DIVORCE THEMSELVES FROM THE WORD HIGH….PERHAPS THAT IS WHY WE SAY HIGH SOCIETY, HIGH HANDED, HIGH AND MIGHTY, OR HOITY TOITY……..HI HO!