I recently headed to Boston for a girl’s day and was treated to the most delicious afternoon tea. I’m a very big fan of tea in general, even more so when there are also mini sandwiches and treats.
We had reserved a table for two and were ushered into a fancy long room with tables scattered down the length of it, and a guitarist sitting on one side playing classical music. Appropriately, there was a painting of several women having tea hanging on a wall- it was a nice touch.
Once we were seated, we were handed the menus. There are several options, but we opted for a pot of tea each and the savory and sweet menu. I opted for the Taj blend, which arrived shortly thereafter. The tea pots are placed on metal warmers, which is perfect if you plan to sit and chat for a while like we did. As for the tea itself, it wasn’t fully brewed when it was delivered to the table, so the first cup was rather weak, but it was delicious regardless (the teapots held around 4-5 small cups of tea). It was all very well done and fancy, with silver spoons and tea strainers and thin bone china cups.
Then the sandwiches arrived in a three tiered display. They looked impressive, and tasted amazing. There were a few traditional ones, like cucumber and smoked salmon, as well as egg salad, tuna salad, a cucumber caviar bite, and my favorite, prosciutto and melon.
The desserts were just as impressive. There were mini madelines, chocolate covered strawberries, two scones with Devonshire cream and lemon curd, macaroons, chocolates, and more. By the end we were both stuffed and glad we had skipped lunch.
Tea at the Taj was a wonderful and very tasty experience. I’m hoping to go back with my mom and sister around the holidays for another girl’s afternoon out. It is expensive for tea and desserts ($42 per person for the tea we chose, other options here, but for a special occasion, I think it’s worth it. Men be warned- other than the guitarist and staff, it was totally female (which, honestly, is silly. I’m sure many men would love to eat 3 tiers worth of sandwiches and 3 more filled with desserts). More information about the tea is on the Taj’s website. I highly recommend.