Spring has finally sprung in Korea! What could possibly be a better way to celebrate this lovely weather than by getting dressed up and having afternoon tea in a fancy hotel! This past weekend, I headed to Seoul's Millennium Hilton Hotel for afternoon tea and dessert. I love afternoon tea plus I have a huge sweet tooth. Thanks to Naver I found out about this intriguing live dessert experience. Naver is Korea's version of Google, in case you have never heard of it. There are a lot of Korean blogs that highlight amazing cafes and other activities to do in Seoul and around Korea.
The afternoon tea and dessert is hosted by the Millennium's Cilantro Deli and reservations are needed. The great thing is, on Naver there is a promotion from now until May 31st for 3,000won off of the price of adult fare.This price includes tea or coffee of your choice from the menu (not much to choose from), dessert and some sandwiches.
Live Sharing takes place on Saturdays/Sundays from 2:30pm~6:00pm.
Cost: Adults 40,000won (add Moet Champagne 65,000won)
Address: Millennium Seoul Hilton, 50 Sowol-ro, Namdaemunno 5(o)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
Closest Subway: Seoul Station Exit #8
A few minutes after we ordered our beverages a chef came to our table and brought out the desserts and a platter for our table. There are many chef's that work for Cilantro, the live dessert showcases their artistic talents and allows them to be creative as they make their own dessert platters. I loved that our chef told us what flavour everything she put on the platter was. First she elobrately put the sauces on the platter--chocolate, mango, raspberry, green tea and vanilla. After that she asked if we had any allergies and we declined so she added nuts like almonds, pecans, pistachios and mini chocolate balls.
Next, fresh fruits were spread around the platter and mini desserts like creme brûlée, brownies, grape tarts, macarons and sponge cakes were intricately placed. Our chef then added the chocolate, green tea and strawberry mousse and whipped cream. Just before finishing she added powdered raspberry and coconut, as well as large triangular pieces of chocolate and cookies with pistachio and edible flowers. Below you can see our chef torching the top of the creme brûlée.
After she was finished with her masterpiece, we were given large spoons to break open the huge chocolate ball in the centre of the platter. Inside was an cream cake with apple chucks and raisins. Then, she took our picture, usually I say no because they NEVER turn out well, except this time!
After she was finished we took a good 10 mins of photos, it was so beautiful we didn't want to eat it so we just starred at it for awhile. This was the most creative colourful, dessert platter I have ever laid eyes on.It actually made me wish I had gone to culinary school so that I could make a work of art like this.
For the most part the desserts were light and not too sweet. However, we did find the fruits to be very sweet. They tasted like they were frozen and then defrosted. The chocolate from the ball was sweet, but I am also not a chocolate lover and find most chocolates too be too rich for me.
Usually in afternoon tea you get a lot of sandwiches and can even get refills. Unfortunately, we only got one sandwich each. At first I must admit I was very unimpressed but since we started eating the dessert first it didn't bother me because I wouldn't have bee able to eat more. There were four types of sandwiches; egg salad, smoked salmon pancake roll, ham & cheese roll and two kinds of tuna salad. The sandwiches were just okay, they were nothing to rave about. Nothing special compared to the afternoon tea in London. I wish they also has scones with jam, it is after all essential for afternoon tea.
Most of the time I go to places it happens to be for the experience. However, since this was afternoon tea I had high expectations that were not met. The dessert was great but the sandwiches were mediocre and the tea flavours lacked. Should you try it? Yes! It is a unique experience you may never get to try again. Would I do it again? Yes! The desserts were delicious! Also, it was a fun experience! The hotel decor is dated but still looks like a 4 star hotel and there are lots of other restaurants you can visit as well.
After your afternoon tea make sure to check out the beautiful garden just off of B1.
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