Las Vegas, Nevada – They say that the third time is a charm, meaning when the third time something is attempted, luck will prevail. That lucky rule did prevail one Sunday afternoon, after several years of attempting to sit inside the Tea Lounge at the Waldorf Astoria in Las Vegas. It was for their afternoon tea service, which I have enjoyed in the past but have never sat inside their swanky Tea Lounge overlooking The Strip.
My first attempt was back in 2015, when the Waldorf Astoria used to be the Mandarin Oriental, the Tea Lounge’s first incarnation. I had made reservations for my birthday, and then I showed up on the wrong day- no judging! The Tea Lounge was wonderful, and they accommodated us and we sat in an adjoining room.
The second attempt was last February of 2020, and there was an event being held in the Tea Lounge area. Everyone was relocated to the hotel’s French Restaurant, Twist, where we would have our afternoon tea service. It was a nice restaurant but the Tea Lounge ambiance was what we were after.
This is where the ‘Third time is a charm’ law came into play. This week, I finally had the opportunity to enjoy a fancy afternoon tea, with my fancy friends inside the Tea Lounge. The funny thing is that two of my friends who joined me were in the original group last January of 2020. I believe that we were all determined to finally have tea inside the Waldorf Astoria’s swanky Tea Lounge.
Afternoon tea was served in the traditional seating style with the tea service placed on a coffee table, while sitting on surrounding sofas and chars.
For more information on traditional tea seating and etiquette, please visit my post ➡ Afternoon Tea 101 – Basics on the Ritual Called ‘Afternoon Tea’
—— On the Table ——
If you have ever sat at the table with my friends or myself, you know how we talk about each bite, especially during afternoon tea. “Did you try the ***?” “I loved the flavors of ***!” It was safe to say that we loved every bite during afternoon tea, but there were some items that we loved more than others.
— Holiday Tea Menu —
2020 Holiday inspired afternoon tea menu – $69.00 Per Adult
— Coconut Pineapple Bellini —
Fresh fruit puree | Domaine Ste. Michelle, Brut
— Monkey Picked Tea —
‘Nurtured by clouds and mist, the large and twisted leaves unfurl to yield a fresh, earthy aroma with sweet palate. Highly prized and hand-picked, excellent for multiple infusions.’
— Afternoon Tea Setting —
Top to Bottom- Tea desserts, two types of scones and the tea sandwiches.
Afternoon tea was served on tiered floor stands which was very clever. The stands kept the coffee table clutter free, and saved space for the tea pots, cups, and personal place settings.
— For the Scones —
Devonshire Cream | Lemon Curd | Blood Orange Marmalade
— Tea Sandwiches —
Rudolph Lox Sandwiches | Ham sandwiches | The Grinch | Croque Brioche
My favorites of the tea sandwiches served were the Croque Brioche, with thin luxurious layers of Truffle Cream Cheese. Also, the Grinch was very flavorful and a table pleaser.
— Rudolph —
Rose Brioche | Local Smoked Salmon | Lemon Cream Cheese | Capers
Emmental Gougère | Creamed Egg | Watercress
— Ham Sandwich —
Grain Mustard Spread | Horseradish Pickle Aioli | Pumpkin Seed Cranberry Bread
— Tea Desserts —
Noble Fir | Apple Macaron | Ornament Cheesecake | Mont Blanc
Chestnut Spread | Vanilla Cremeux | Chestnut Mousse | Chocolate Tart
I enjoyed all of the little tea desserts but my favorite was the Mont Blanc.
Out of all the afternoon tea spots in Las Vegas, the Tea Lounge has always been my favorite. The quality that goes into every detail of this tea service is exceptional; from the individual pots of top-notch tea choices to the exceptional flavorful morsels served on whimsical plates. This is the swankiest afternoon tea in Sin City!
You are my cup of tea…
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