Okura Afternoon Tea at The Okura Prestige Bangkok

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WNFdiary @wnfdiaryJuly 2019 · 11 min read


Ian and I tried one of the most instagrammable afternoon tea sets in Bangkok. We found it on the 26 floor of the Okura Prestige Bangkok Hotel, at the Up & Above Restaurant and Bar. Besides the adorable dishes, we got a tasty treat which is hiding a meaning. The point is on the seasonal Okura afternoon tea set, but also the standard Okura afternoon tea carries the renown Japanese customs.

Okura afternoon tea
Okura afternoon tea

The permanent Okura afternoon delight is in my eyes a tempting alternative worthy of tasting at any time of the year.

Ambiance of the Up and Above Restaurant and Bar

When the elevator opened its doors, we saw a huge Sakura tree in the full bloom. Right after that, it became clear to us that the tree is actually a part of the Zen garden. Moving forward, we feasted our eyes on the massive art pieces placed all around the lounge. They not only look nice but also stretch the peaceful vibe throughout the Up & Above Restaurant and Bar. That is no small job for such a vast space! For that reason, the dark and soothing colors dominate the area. Although many large windows make this place tranquil all day dining place with a city view.

Up and Above bar and restaurant
Up and Above bar and restaurant

The peaceful vibe at the Up and Above bar is enhanced by the soothing dark colors.

Tea Selection at the Up and Above Restaurant and Bar

For the Sakura afternoon tea, we got to choose from the Mariage Freres tea. This unique French tea brand is responsible for the French art of tea and an important part of French gastronomy.

tea set
tea set

For the Up and Above afternoon tea we got to choose from the Mariage Freres tea.

Since the late 17th century the Freres family sparked their interest in tea. That is way before they opened their first tea shop in Paris in 1843. More than a decade later, in 1954, the Mariage Freres gourmet tea company was established. Obviously, the research lasted more than one generation, while the successful business keeps on flourishing for more than 175 years.

Sakura, Sakura!

The first tea choice for the sakura blossom afternoon tea at Up & Above bar was evident even before I reached the end of the afternoon tea menu. We had to have a cup of the cherry blossom tea known as Sakura, Sakura by Mariage Freres. Its sweet notes are as delicate as the Japanese sakura blossoms. This scented green tea is a sensual combination with sweet nectar indications. I liked the fact that after longer steeping time it became more serious.

Up and Above bar and restaurant
Up and Above bar and restaurant

Art pieces stretch throughout the Up and Above bar making it tranquil all day dining place.

The Vert Fuji Yama

Our second pick for the Okura afternoon tea came from a very special place in Japan, it grew close to the sacred Mount Fuji. This pure green tea nourishes the body with light hay, spinach, and asparagus notes. Later, after a few minutes of steeping, it got gentle astringency that cleaned the pallet.

Okura Afternoon Tea Sets

At Okura Prestige Hotel, Bangkok afternoon tea changes with the seasons. This time we were lucky and got a taste of seasonal Sakura, Sakura! High tea, which cherishes a majestic sakura cherry blossom. On the other hand, we were eager to try out their standard high tea, called Okura afternoon tea.

Sakura afternoon tea
Sakura afternoon tea

No matter what we tried, everything was really fresh and well designed, not to mention very tasty.

When we were at the Up and Above restaurant bar, we had a taste of the Sakura high tea and the Japanese standard Okura high tea. In both sets, the beautiful serving box protected the high tea savories so well that even the bread retained its softness after we were done with the photoshoot. No matter what we tried, everything was really fresh and well designed, not to mention very tasty.

FYI
At Okura Prestige Bangkok, they change afternoon tea sets seasonally. We came at Cherry Blossom Season, while now is Lavender Season, which sounds tempting.

Scones at Okura
High Tea

Every season affects the Okura Prestige Bangkok scones in its own way. For the Sakura season, we got ours garnished with the pickled Sakura blossom. Besides the beautiful decoration, it also added some flavor to it. Perhaps the pink color was the most noticeable addition. Along with the sweetness, it set the scones straight to the Sakura theme.

Okura afternoon tea
Okura afternoon tea

Japanese style afternoon tea set is known as the Okura afternoon delight.

When it comes to taste and texture, I must say I liked it, even though they weren't the traditional kind. Regardless of the scones style, they went well with the silky clotted cream and sweet jam. If the jam had been home-made it would have been even better. Honestly, I couldn't stop thinking of Sakura cherry blossom jam. That would be »a dream come true!«

Afternoon Tea Starters at Up and Above Restaurant and Bar

I often find myself wishing to begin the afternoon tea set with its sweet side and sometimes I do it. This time I went "by the book" and started with the peach sorbet. Lucky me! I loved its cooling freshness with a lovely counterbalance in the form of the fine vanilla crumble.

Sakura afternoon tea
Sakura afternoon tea

"That is so cute!" I kept saying when I saw our cherry blossom afternoon tea set.

After my sweet tooth got content, I was ready for the poached egg with potato espuma. For such gentle stars, the truffle oil and pesto were spot on. All I needed for boosting the flavor of this warm cloud was to stir it a little and dig in.

Sakura Afternoon Tea Savories

Savories at the Sakura afternoon tea set at the Up & Above bar followed the English tea tradition. The tea sandwiches included ham, egg, and cucumber fillings all moist and tasty. I liked the abundant fillings with multiple textures. To me, the most adorable was the shrimp and apple choux pastry which tasted even better than it seemed.

sakura afternoon tea
sakura afternoon tea

Savories at the Sakura afternoon tea set followed the English tea tradition.

beautiful finger food
beautiful finger food

I really liked the cold water shrimp and apple salad light pastry dough topped with subtle creamy dots.
up and above afternoon tea sandwich
up and above afternoon tea sandwich

Along with basil leaf, the quail egg boosted the whole egg sandwich while capturing different egg textures. Delicious!

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Okura Afternoon Tea Savories

Exquisite Japanese afternoon tea set spoiled us with the sophisticated bites. After our Nobu afternoon tea in Kuala Lumpur, I can't resist getting to know more of the Japanese cuisine. At Okura Prestige Bangkok, I loved every single bite. All four savories were fresh, full of flavor, and fabulous looking.

tuna tataki
tuna tataki

Soy pearls are a nice addition to the tuna tataki with wasabi cream.

My favorite was the marinated tiger prawn with chilled Dashi adding a splash of the sea to the taste. This ultimate Japanese broth got an upgrade with the Shinmeji mushrooms and pea sprout for more flavor and texture. All of which come together in a bouquet of clean flavors where each ingredient played its part.

tiger prawn
tiger prawn

My favorite Okura savory was the marinated tiger prawn, Shimeji mushrooms with chilled Dashi adding a splash of the sea taste.

In fact, the same philosophy was present in the second bite. In this case, the king crab became even juicier with the help of the Japanese melon. At the same time, the spicy tobiko mayonnaise added the pleasing warmth at the end. Talking about Japanese melon, we still can’t forget the one from Le Normandie lunch. Thank you, Japan and skillful chefs!

Sakura Afternoon Tea Sweets

"That is so cute!" I kept saying when I saw our cherry blossom afternoon tea set. Even Ian had the "kawaii" (the Japanese word for cuteness) in mind, and the pink is not even his favorite color. Nevertheless, Sakura blossom is all about the pink color and celebrating life. To put it differently, it is about the spring, which brings along fragrant and subtle flavors.

Sakura afternoon tea
Sakura afternoon tea

Even Ian had the "kawaii" (the Japanese word for cuteness) in mind even though the pink is not his favorite color.

Sakura chocolate praline certainly captured the essence of Japanese Sakura celebrations. Firstly it got the pickled sakura blossom on top plus it puts in mind the transience. Time passes the same as the chocolate melts away and in the end, it becomes a memory. A sweet memory cloaked in white chocolate and refreshed by yuzu (Japanese citrus).

afternoon tea dessert
afternoon tea dessert

Among all the edible garnishes I preferred the chocolate sakura blossom over the gold leaf.

Also, the subtle sakura mont blanc carried out the lightness of the spring. The layered chiffon cake resulted in an airy cloud filled with strawberry cream and a potent sakura scent. Delicious, bite!

sakura mont blanc
sakura mont blanc

The layered chiffon cake resulted in an airy cloud filled with strawberry cream and a potent sakura scent.

Additionally, the shiny lychee and peach cheesecake might be described as the spring in the full bloom. It comes down to the intense lychee aroma and delicate peach jelly filling in the middle, making it a divine bite.

pink afternoon tea sweets
pink afternoon tea sweets

Sakura stamp looks good on top of the cherry blossom macaron, but nothing beats the pickled sakura blossoms.

There is more of cute deliciousness like the choux cream cherry blossom or the cherry blossom macaron. But the white peach and lychee verine deserve a special mention. I really can't be quiet about the silky pannacotta topped with fruit puree. It was so fragrant and light!

  • white peach and lychee verine
    white peach and lychee verine
    The white peach and lychee verine is full of light, fragrant flavors.
  • Sakura dessert
    Sakura dessert
    Sakura chocolate praline combined the sweet and refreshingly sour notes of juzu combined with the pickled sakura blossom and white chocolate.

Okura Afternoon Tea Sweets

Distinctly Japanese desserts included the green tea daifuku and matcha chocolate praline besides the sakura macaron. First I want to stop at the daifuku which is basically filled mochi. In our case, this glutinous rice cake was filled with the bean paste that could taste something like dark chocolate. Well, not really, but definitely comforting enough and slightly sweet. It was great with the matcha powder coating! A pleasantly chewy farewell before finishing the tea time with the refined matcha praline. Could it be any better?

Green tea daifuku
Green tea daifuku

Green tea daifuku and matcha chocolate praline are part of Okura afternoon delight.

Final Thought

The seasonal change on the menu is one reason to return to the Okura Prestige Bangkok for the new afternoon tea set. Yet the permanent Okura afternoon delight is in my eyes a tempting alternative worthy of tasting at any time of the year. I know that Bangkok isn't known for the seasonal changes, but it is a cosmopolitan metropole with a real sense of the world.

ham sandwich and Choux
ham sandwich and Choux

Smoked ham had the strongest flavors while the shrimp and apple salad choux were my favorite.

That is why it feels right to have a taste of more traditional Japanese morsels or the edible spring interpretations. The sakura afternoon tea got me a little nostalgic for the perfect springtime, somewhere in the past when the climate wasn't that broken as it is now.

Japanese afternoon tea
Japanese afternoon tea

Part of the Okura afternoon tea is perfectly baked tuna resulting in the super tender and tasty treat.

All things considered, Okura afternoon tea is a star among Bangkok's afternoon tea offer and it's a must for all foodies wandering in this metropolitan city.

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Price and Location

Each set for two people will cost you about 50 USD, which is a great value. Here is a link to a location for easy navigation. Enjoy!

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Wow, it all looks so nice.


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Yes Ian really did his best to get the photos done before I couldn't hold back any longer. You know it's a pity to let the ice cream met 😁


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Thank you so much!


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it's really incredible how much attention there is in the presentation of each dish! a pleasure for the mouth, of course, but also for the eyes !! :-)) after a tea of this level you have to stay on a diet for a week! congratulation for your curie rating :-))


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It is almost too beautiful to eat. Luckily I had time to appreciate the looks while Ian took a few photos. But when the ice cream started melting all I cared was to try everything. One at the time with the ferwell final look 😁. Oh yes, after that feast we walked around the city for a long time.


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You guys always present such beautiful quality photos and reviews. Thanks so much and this place looks amazing!


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Thank you so much for your kind words. It means a lot to know that you are enjoying scrolling through the review!


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This post made me to realize that a review can be dissected into so much tiny bits to get almost all information that can be provided to others. And with the help of beautiful snaps it is really worth to go through despite feeling it is slightly lengthy.

Hope the restaurant people might see this and applaud and appreciate this wonderful effort..

Cheers


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Thank you for such a lovely feedback. Yes, I hear you the number of words for one review is huge, but then I try to say just what matters. At least I think so 😊. Plus maybe someone will get inspired and try to take on some combinations that resonated with them. But yes when someone put an effort into making everything it is only fair to mention it and in a way project some gratitude. I'm very happy you enjoyed the review.


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wooaw, such a great city with lovely recipes to wet one's appetite like i am over here. The tea in there does not only show colour but it seems to have some healthy benefits. I really wished to visit Bangkok one day so i try these meals out.

i really loved your blog from start to finish and your images were totally on point. Your words on the other hand got me that i had to read everything twice. Great work and feed us more with these foods often


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Ou yes, Bangkok is an incredible city full of contrast and good food, not to mention all the nice people we met there. I'm glad you enjoyed the post and your lovely motivating feedback. I appreciate it!


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You are humbly welcome


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What an exquisite place full of so many goodies! Exactly for my taste :) So many yummy things I don't even know what to choose from there.


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Isn't the feeling when your eyes take over the control the best? I feel ya


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All these treats look so yummy! I would expect the same experience in the Okura hotel around the globe but I must say that my stay in Amsterdam a few years ago was a great disappointment from the food perspective. Bread was old, salads and fruits were not fresh and it all left me very unsatisfied. But I'm glad to see that you had a completely opposite experience :)

Your photos are stunning! Thank you for sharing and have a lovely day!


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Oh no, that is really disappointing to hear that your Okura experience didn't reflect the Japanese quest for excellence. Maybe the head chef got a day off 😁


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