Dark wooden furniture, intriguing lamps and chandeliers, and large glass windows say we have arrived at Bangkok’s sophisticated St. Regis Bar, which is on the 12th floor of the St. Regis hotel.
Afternoon Tea is served daily at The Drawing Room right before entering the bar. But common sense always suggests sitting at The Bar; stylish, elegant and boasts sweeping views over the city and the Royal Bangkok Sports Club.
During my first high tea experience there when the hotel recently opened a couple of years ago, we chose the Classic Set. We ordered an Iced Latte and a pot of aromatic fruity and floral Green Tea called L’Oriental.
What followed soon were surprisingly humble looking Smoked Salmon, Tuna and Roast beef sandwiches. A bit taken aback, but I decided to look past these little underwhelming fellows and just enjoy the experience.
The scones however, made up for that – warm and delicious plain and raisin scones served with Clotted Cream, Strawberry Jam and Lemon Marmalade. The top tier was a stunning plate of sweets consisting of Opera and Windsor cakes along with mini-Strawberry Tarts.
At that point we were really full, so we got up and did the only natural thing (or not). We headed outside and ordered some delicious cocktails – a Lychee Martini and a Midori Sour. The highlight of the snacks that accompanied the drinks was the Olives stuffed with Blue Cheese – simply sensational! Sadly, after recent visits, I learned that they do not serve them anymore. I hope my appetite had nothing to do with that.
The terrace outside was a relaxing and beautiful area. The sun was just about to set and the soothing view over the Sports Club was impressive.
Right after sunset, when we finally decided to leave for real, a member of the staff urged us to stay and watch the traditional St. Regis Champagne Sabering ceremony, a signature ritual that occurs daily at St. Regis hotels worldwide. An exciting event, but needless to say, a lot of ducking was involved during the cork-popping moments.
Few months back, I returned to revisit the afternoon tea experience. Not sure why, but there was a significant improvement to the display, variety and quality of the sandwiches as well as the desserts.
Indulging in these delights, sipping on aromatic floral black tea, while looking out at the stunning view and listening to Eric Clapton’s Tears in Heaven being beautifully played on a grand piano, was one of those perfect moments I just wanted to freeze.