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Alice takes her afternoon tea

Feb 06. 2019
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The luxurious 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok welcomes the month of love with the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea Party, inspired by the fantasy world of Alice in Wonderland.

Starting on Valentine’s Day, the party will be held at the Bangkok Trading Post Bistro & Deli and extends over the next three weekends in February and March. 

Created by guest chef Penny Jirayuwatana, the afternoon tea set features whimsical tasty takes on sweet and savoury dishes designed to delight your senses, while enjoying the intimate atmosphere of the fairytale.

Penny puts a playful twist on the tradition of British afternoon tea with inspiration from the popular Victorian novel. 

Guests will enjoy the Tick Tock Gold Clock Macaroon, White Rabbit’s Carrot Pot, The Talking Flower Williams Pear Mousse and all-time British favourites like Coronation Chicken and Marie Rose Prawn Cocktail sandwiches. Penny also offers her famous scones served warm with clotted cream and homemade fruit preserves.

The traditional tea party will be complete with a wide selection of exceptional wild and free-grown teas purchased exclusively from organic tea producers. 

The highlight is Monsoon Teas – the leaves come from the original Camellia Sinensis Assamica plant that originates in the mountain range that stretches from Assam in India, through Myanmar, Northern Thailand, and all the way to Yunnan in China. 

Planted in the forested hills of Northern Thailand by local farmers, the young leaves and buds are handpicked to make unique wonderfully deep, yet delicate, flavoured teas that are also organic. 

Guests can choose from three collections: Classic Teas with flavours such as Jungle Oolong, Lahu Black, and Siam Blend Black; Infused Aromatic Teas with Lychee Oolong, Coconut Green, and Mango Black, or the Herbal, Non-Caffeine Teas, which includes Herbal Digestive and Herbal Relax.

Chef Penny graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and has over 20 years’ experience working with the award-winning Dominique Ansel Bakery London, the five-star Brown’s Hotel by Rocco Forte in London, the Mandarin Oriental London, and Mercer Kitchen by Jean George Vongerichten in New York. 

She is now based in Bangkok and work as a chefconsultant for bakeries, food factories and airlines, in addition to TV appearances as a guest judge on “Master Chef Thailand” and “Iron Chef Thailand”.

The Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea set is available from 1pm on Valentine’s Day and the following weekends of February 16 to 17, February 23 to 25 and March 2 to 3. 

It is priced at Bt950-plus and Bt 1,550-plus with a demi bottle of Moet Rose Imperial Champagne.

Make a reservation at (02) 079 7000 or visit https://137PillarsBangkok.com/en/events/madhattersafternoonteaparty.

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