Time Out pick the three of the best afternoon tea under 100RMB in Shanghai. Feel free to indulge yourself
Hyatt on the Bund
97.75RMB (including 15 percent service charge).
you get A cute little two-tiered afternoon tea tray with
eight bites made up of sandwiches and pastries, plus a choice of tea or coffee.
food Afternoon tea here is a plentiful mix of savoury
items - including a cucumber sandwich, a crabmeat mini burger and baby quiche -
and sweets, including a delicate passion fruit-flavoured macaron and a
chocolate sphere with mint flavoured cream fillings.
locale Airy and spacious, the Tea Room features clean design
and modern decor with floor-to-ceiling windows making the room well lit.
verdict Affordable, plentiful and delicious – best for a
quick and affordable hotel afternoon tea.
on the Bund is at 199
Huangpu Lu, near Wuchang Lu. See full address details
Maison de l’Hui
88RMB plus 10 per cent service
What you get
Eight little bites, plus a coffee or tea (English or green tea)
Arriving on a charming wooden stand, the food is perfectly presented and looks
wonderfully appealing. Some of the eight bites live up to their visual appeal,
including the scallop pastry, the matcha dusted sponge cake and the mille
feuille with fresh kiwi and mango. Others let it down, including a prawn served
with cucumber, cream, mango, kiwi and caviar (a wild ride indeed).
The locale Walking
up to Maison de l’Hui can feel intimidating, but once inside you’ll be charmed.
Wooden paneling, chandeliers, thick carpet and cushioned chairs will make you
wish you lived in this house.
The verdict Wonderfully
presented in beautiful surrounds, this afternoon tea is affordable with unique
offerings. One to check out if you’re in the area – a favourite among a mostly
local, older crowd.
de l’Hui is at 168 Julu Lu, near Chengdu Nan Lu. See full address details
When 2pm – 5 pm daily
Price 79 RMB
What you get A pot of Ceylon tea and an array of sweet treats, including four flavours of Taiwan handmade mochi, blueberry cheese mousse cake, tiramisu, fruit salad, mango pancake and an enormous bowl of ice cream.
The food Overall, this makes for a very sweet-tasting afternoon tea set, with an array of items you won't get in other afternoon teas. Some stand out more than the others; the mango pancake is a little bizarre, filled with extremely sweet whipped cream, but the ice cream is delicious, as is the tea, and the blueberry cake slips down a treat. It would, perhaps, be better if they staggered bringing out the food; as unless the whole ice cream bowl is eaten straight away, you’ve missed your chance before it descends into melted goo.
The locale Housed in the iAPM but with an open front to the mall’s plaza, Bellagio is nicely situated in a key position. But as a restaurant, it’s not particularly set up for afternoon tea; more akin to a restaurant than place to recline and indulge. Also a little offputting is neighbouring diners eating rice and vegetables while you tuck into an array of sweets. But the tea set and dishes are exquisite, and if it’s sweets you’re after, you’ll be in heaven here. Just arrive earlier rather than later, so you can beat those getting an early dinner.
The verdict A twist on the traditional afternoon tea, this Taiwan-type set is great value for money and extremely plentiful on sugar.
Bellagio is at 143 IAPM, 999 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Shaanxi Nan Lu. See full address details