by Parul Mathur
Old New York – Modern Bangkok: A Limited Edition Afternoon Tea Ritual at The St. Regis Bangkok
The St. Regis Bangkok launched on March 15 a limited edition afternoon tea named “Old New York – Modern Bangkok,” an interesting fusion curated by the hotel’s executive chef Christopher Miller and the celebrated Thai Fashion designer Tawn “C” Chatchavalvong. The complete afternoon tea experience has been inspired by the glamorous legacy of the first St. Regis in old New York, and an elegant modern Bangkok.
Afternoon tea is served at the Drawing Room on the 12th floor, where you can enjoy the spectacular view of Royal Bangkok Sports Club while sipping your perfectly brewed cup of TWG tea or coffee, indulging in delightful delicacies from Thailand and the world.
All the items served in the spread speak of the efforts put in by the chef and designer in curating an amazing tea set. To begin, sparkling tomato essence is served with caprese on a stick, accompanied with caviar, sour cream, and chives in a waffle cone. While some of the items were authentic dishes from American cuisine—like smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel and the delicious New York cheesecake, which was one of the best I’ve ever had!—some of the treats were given an exciting angle by fusing traditional Thai with American cuisine.
A few treats worth mentioning from the menu are:
- Kaffir lime flavored kanom, served as a macaron
- Thai custard served like crème brûlée, topped with fried onions – a fascinating combination
- Petite pie with a filling of Massaman curry chicken
- Mini burger with quality pastrami and cheese
- Kaffir lime flavored mini cheesecakes served with beautiful chocolate coated gooseberry
- Shrimp with Thai paste served on rye bread.
But no afternoon tea tradition is complete without scones. We were served some with clotted cream and yummy jams to accompany a perfectly brewed cup of TWG tea.
What makes this afternoon tea experience different, in a good way, is that the savory delicacies are given as much attention as the sweet treats, and both are as good in number.
Considerations were given not just to the food but also to its plating. Inspired by skylines of old Manhattan and the Thai capital, Tawn C himself designed a special tower-shaped tea stand to serve the scrumptious spread.
Go check it out before it’s too late.
What: “Old New York – Modern Bangkok” Afternoon Tea
Where: The St. Regis Bangkok (BTS Rachadamri road)
When: From now until May 31, 2019
How much: THB 1,900++ per set for two people, including tea and coffee; THB 2,100++ per set for two people, including two cocktails additionally.
Bookings: +66 2207 7777, firstname.lastname@example.org
More info: www.stregisbangkok.com