Afternoon Tea at the Intercontinental Bangkok
High Tea in the Balcony Lounge
The Balcony Lounge at the Intercontinental Hotel feels like it was designed with afternoon teas in mind. Located only five minutes from the BTS at Chit Lom, this world-renowned hotel has one of the most coveted locations in the city, bang in the middle of Bangkok’s famous mile of malls, so you can spend an hour or so having a break before you hit the shops again. Afternoon tea runs from 14:30 until 17:30 every day. Tea for two is a snip at 850 baht, and for that you get enough sandwiches and sweet treats to fill you up, and a choice of tea or coffee. The Intercontinental hotel can be accessed via the skywalk from the BTS.
Although the lounge is located just off the main lobby, it definitely feels like a different part of the hotel. The balcony overlooks the hotel’s glass facade and is light and airy with a great view for people watching. Next to this is an oval sitting room, with high backed chairs so you can’t see the rotating guests coming in and out. Make sure you take a peek at the enclosed cigar lounge known as The Humidor. Complete with leather armchairs, moody lighting – and more than a hint of a boy’s club – is suited for an evening whiskey and smoke. Another smooth touch is the pianist who sits at the centre of the balcony, playing classics such as Moon River and the best of Frank Sinatra as you sip your tea.
And what a cup of tea it is! Made with loose tea leaves selected by European brand Ronnefeldt, with a range of over 30 different black, green, white, redbush and herbal teas available, as well a hot and iced-coffees, and all served with crumbly butter biscuits scented with orange. But the star of the show is undoubtedly the three tier cake stand that comes laden with all manner of miniature goodies. The sandwiches stick to tradition, with yummy Scottish smoked salmon on wheat bread and the classic but delicious ham and Cheddar cheese on white. The more unusual savoury dishes are far more inspiring; the waygu roast beef is daintily sliced and served with piquant mustard in an open sandwich, and, my personal favourite, the foie gras crostini, with crunchy fried bread to add extra texture to the smooth pâté.
If this wasn’t enough, there are still plenty of sweets to work your way through. They may all be bite-size but once you polish them off I can guarantee you won’t be hungry anymore! If you have finished your tea be sure to ask for a refill of hot water, the staff are happy to oblige. On the sugary side you have the cutest strawberry tart ever, a chocolate raspberry quiche and the afternoon tea staple of fresh scones, cream and jam. If this is not enough, then the passion fruit and chocolate macaroon is a perfect finish. Afternoon Tea is usually a rare treat, and Bangkok’s Intercontinental Hotel makes it easy to indulge with their great value set. With plenty of tasty sandwiches to snack on and a five star location that is so easy to get to, it is definitely worth including as an indulgent break when you are in the area.
The Intercontinental Hotel
- Opening Hours: 14:30 – 17:30
- BTS: Chit Lom
- Address: Lobby level, InterContinental Bangkok, 973 Ploenchit Road
- Tel: +66 (0)2 6560444