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Pasadena Ritz Afternoon Tea Report

JudiAU | Feb 23, 200412:28 PM

I hosted a baby shower this weekend for 9 people. $24.50 for the basic tea with an automatic 18% gratuity. Required faxed credit card in advance. Really inept written materials with multiple grammatical mistakes. Odd.

Service was nice and they upgraded our flowers when I arrived. Large parties may only choose three tea types and they must be picked in advance. The seating is a combination of couches, wing chairs, and small arm chairs. It looks nice but made conversation difficult. Parking was $5 with validation.

The room is pretty but because it was dreary and rainy outside the quality of the light was poor. Harpist performed for approximately 45 minutes of the two hours we were there.

For $24.50, each person received the following:

One small, one or two-bite canapé of each type: egg, shrimp, smoked salmon, sun-dried tomato and asparagus, Serrano ham. Canapés were fresh but the dominant flavor was "creamy." Everything had a large dollop of some dairy product.

One small, one-bite pastry of each type: lemon curd tart, date bread, cream puff, and chocolate cream cake. Pastry was fresh but not anything special. The dominant flavor was "soft" or "soft and creamy." No off flavors like the last time I was here.

One and 1/3 small, two-three bite scone. Nice texture. Cold. Served with jam and tasty cream that may have had clotted cream as a base but was not 100% clotted cream .

I ate all of my items and was not full.

I rate this tea significantly below the Hotel Bel Air, which serves real tea sandwiches, better cream, and excellent lemon curd with warm scones. It also has better physical accommodations for large groups. Parking is free.

I also rate it below the "plans that didn't happen." Lunch on Lucques' patio or Saladang Song or my own personal afternoon tea menu.

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