10 days ago, I celebrated our one year anniversary with Eric. We started out with a simple dinner at The Cheesecake Factory, a restaurant that Eric has never been to. Although we did dinner, I still wanted to experience hotel afternoon tea in Houston. That’s where St. Regis comes in for hotel afternoon tea.
The St. Regis Hotel Tea Room is a 5-star hotel with a beautiful entrance and complimentary valet parking for those who dine in. The experience was wonderful and everyone was more than helpful in our questions and what we should expect.
We walked in and were immediately greeted by the staff and the sound of classical music. We were recommended loose-leaf tea selections that will compliment our tea sandwiches and scones/desserts after. For the first course, we decided to choose our own tea. I chose cherry blossom green tea and Eric chose jasmine pearl – both fragrant and very delicious with or without creamer/sugar.
Our first appetizer was a petit four selection with sponge cake with strawberry cream cheese frosting on top and a dried apricot fruit. The strawberry cream cheese frosting was a bit overpowering for my taste, but Eric found no complaints. He’s so easy to please. 🙂 Nothing memorable about the dried apricot. We sipped on our tea until the tea sandwiches arrived. My favorite was the chicken salad sandwich while Eric’s favorite was the sliced cucumber on top sandwich. These aren’t the official names, lol.
Next, we received our blueberry scones with Devonshire cream. Eric switched teas and wow! It definitely complimented our taste buds! The recommended tea brought out the taste of blueberries. For jam, we had a choice of raspberry jam, strawberry jam or honey in their own tiny jars with the hotel name labeled on top. Super cute!
We finally worked out way to dessert. My favorite! We had passion fruit and white chocolate cake, fruit tarts and lemon tart pie. The lemon tart pie was beautifully torched, but the taste was off for both of us. Not sweet but not tart enough either. The fruit tart was absolutely delicious. The custard tasted a bit coconut-ty. We saved the best for last or the one that looked incredibly tasty. It has layers of syrup, white chocolate mousse and passion fruit layers in between.
When the harpist started playing Canon in D, I realized the music was live and not through their surround speakers. There she was in the back, taking breaks here and there. I watched her delicately pluck the strings as she looked at her notes. The atmosphere was so relaxing that I let myself sink into the couch and enjoyed the food and my awesome company.
Although this experience was pleasant, I still hold the hotel afternoon tea I had in The Sanderson Hotel close to my heart. The price was not steep and there was choices of unlimited tea sandwiches and your personal pot to refill tea. It included a beautiful selection of assorted desserts in the Alice in Wonderland theme and a drink me potion was a refresher.