The Orchid Lounge Garden Afternoon Tea Collection at Pan Pacific London
British tradition meets an explosion of Southeast Asia flavours at Pan Pacific London, where the team in the Orchid Lounge have been fine tuning their latest afternoon tea menu.
When it comes to savouries, diners can choose between ‘classic’ (aka a selection of sandwiches) and ‘kopi tiam’. Paying homage to the hotel’s Singaporean roots, the name ‘kopi tiam’ translates to ‘coffee shop’ – indicating the hotel’s Singapore-themed take on British afternoon tea.
Those taking the ‘kopi tiam’ route will be treated a delicious selection Southeast Asian savouries, including a siu mai basket of prawn, beef, spinach and mushroom dumplings (decidedly NOT for sharing, as you’ll want them all for yourself), as well as pillowy steamed lotus buns stuffed with egg yolk and custard sauce and a steamed potato bun topped with coconut flakes.
The second part of the experience comes in the form of classic scones, both plain and chocolate flavoured, topped with lashings of cream, jam and (if you’d like to mix things up) lemon curd. Just make sure to pace yourself, as the excitement picks up with the patisserie selection.
Just before settling in for dessert, servers will whisk over a fruity ice lollie – the perfect palette cleanser during transeasonal weather.
And now for the final event. Four new sweet patisserie options end the experience on a fresh and zingy finish. There’s ‘Mint Breeze’, a blend of hand-cut mint, lime and rum housed in a bright green dome, ‘Basil Smash’, a marriage of British-grown basil and strawberries paired with a citrusy kalamansi, ‘Lemon Drop’, a pink creation infused with lemon verbena and topped with raspberry ‘soil’ and peach slices, and finally ‘Tropical Storm’, which brings together dulce blond chocolate, banana and mango for a creamy treat.
The accompanying tea selection comes courtesy of The Rare Tea Company – our recommendation is The Orchid Lounge’s Bespoke Blend, a tasty blend of loose leaf Indian and Malawian black tea, Chinese oolong tea and Indian rose petals. Celebrating? Then, of course, Nyetimber bubbles are in order.
Review by Charlie Colville
BOOK: Available until 31 October 2023. From £62pp, panpacific.com