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A 'Tea-Riffic' Time at Mandarin Oriental

Where: 3752 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
January 27, 2010 at 5:19 PM | by | ()

We tore up the town last week while staying at Aria at CityCenter, indulging in all the activities that Vegas is known for--drinking, eating, shopping, relaxing and taking in a show or two.

But the one thing we never thought we’d do in Las Vegas was actually one of the highlights of our trip--high tea at Mandarin Oriental.

Maybe it was the never-ending deluge of rain and uncharacteristically damp weather that made the prospect of tea so appealing? Perhaps it was the stunning Strip views from Mandarin Oriental’s Lounge on the 23rd floor?

It doesn’t really matter, because as soon as we arrived and settled into our well-upholstered seat, all the hustle and bustle of Vegas seemed to melt away and we were transported to a far more civilized place.

We selected Mandarin Oriental’s signature tea, a black tea blend infused with vanilla and orange, made especially for this property. Our server, Stella, brought over a clear glass tea pot with a center chamber packed with leaves, and informed us that the topaz hued tea is served at precisely 212 degrees and should be steeped for three minutes.

Next, three tiers of tea sandwiches, scones and petit fours arrived – each one more tasty than the next. Black forest ham with horseradish finger sandwiches sidled up to smoked salmon and grilled chicken salad cuties. Light-as-air scones were made more decadent with the addition of orange marmalade, strawberry jam, Devonshire cream and rosewater jelly.

Petit four selections included bright pink cassis soufflés, strawberry tartlets, and chocolate topped with gooseberries. After the fact, we learned that Mandarin Oriental also offers a mini cupcake bento box as part of its high tea nibbles. Next time, because oh yes, we will be back.

Service was spot on – as to be expected from this world-renowned brand known for luxury. We left relaxed and sated, almost as if we’d spent a few hours at the spa, for a fraction of the price, plus a killer view.

High tea is available every day from 3 – 5 p.m. in the Mandarin Lounge and costs $40 (the portion size is more than ample to share). If you just want tea service, it is available for $12.

Disclosure: GlobetrottingGourmet's teariffic teatime was had at the courtesy of CityCenter.

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