Best of Macau: High tea at the Mandarin Oriental

It’s a cold, grey day in Macau. What should you do with your afternoon? Last Saturday, we escaped the miserable weather by cozying up indoors at the Mandarin Oriental where they just launched their “Afternoon FANtasy”.

Get it? “Fan”-tasy?

Afternoon tea is huge in Hong Kong thanks to 150 years of British rule, but in Macau it’s only started gaining popularity. I was lucky enough to get an invite randomly a few days before we ferried over for the weekend.

Hungover birthday boy on the left, and me

Hungover birthday boy on the left, and me

What’s so special about high tea at the Mandarin Oriental Macau? I can only compare it to my experience at the Intercontinental Hong Kong in 2012, with two of my girlfriends. We paid around HK$200-250 each for the set back then:

Tea at the Intercontinental Hong Kong (Tsim Sha Tsui) – honestly, the sandwiches in MO Macau were so much better; the ingredients were more high end and they were made fresh

Sandwiches and cakes; Tea at the Intercontinental Hong Kong (Tsim Sha Tsui) – they look good but that’s as far as it goes

the view from Intercontinental Hong Kong – why we chose it over The Peninsula

Atย MOP438 for two, afternoon tea at the Mandarin Oriental Macau is not too badly priced. Especially for what you get:

  • Wagyu beef finger sandwich made with charcoaled squid ink bread, cepe mushroom and Espelette chilli
  • Grilled panini sandwich made with tomato Provence herb bread, 24-month Iberico ham and Portuguese cheese
  • Smoked Tasmanian salmon open face sandwich made with poppy seed beet root bread, smoked caviar and saffron garlic aioli;
  • Raspberry financier with pistachio Chantilly cream
  • Rose Champagne jelly with mixed berry caviar

…and more!! In my opinion, the selections at the Mandarin Oriental Macau are more filling and high-end/gourmet than other high teas I’ve tried.

The sandwiches are made made-on-the-spot, served on an elegant three-tier stand

The complimentary welcome refresher: homemade mandarin orange sorbet to clean our palates

And before I forget, there’s the fantastic view from Vida Rica Bar!

the atmosphere was luxurious and incredibly relaxing. There’s something about lying back on your plush seats, to the sound of relaxing music, sheltered from the harsh weather, and yet enjoying a grand view of Macau’s landscape…

Macau Tower for your viewing pleasure…

The top-notch bubbles come at decent prices if you're feeling celebratory. Personally I never get alcohol in the morning/afternoon... but for those who do, the selection here is great!

The top-notch bubbles come at decent prices if you’re feeling celebratory. Personally I never get alcohol in the morning/afternoon… but for those who do, the selection here is great!

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The drinks list… what I did was skip this to go straight for the HOT CHOCOLATE that comes with the set

You have three options for the Valrhona hot chocolateย (it comes with the set! Don’t miss it…):

  1. Jivara 40% milk chocolate: notes of malt and vanilla – I chose this but next time I would go for the 70% or 66%. I love milk chocolate but this was just not rich enough, it was more of a malt and vanilla drink for kids than anything else. The chocolates here are premium so might as well go for the richer, purer options below…
  2. Guanaja 70% dark chocolate with an intense and robust taste – this is the bestseller, apparently. I’d choose this next time.
  3. Caraibe 66% dark chocolate: flavours of almond and roasted coffee
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the complete menu for your reference~

Would I go back? Definitely, what a treat of an afternoon that was. And the location was perfect as well, right on a waterfront with a matchless view. I’d also stay at the Mandarin Oriental given the opportunity… we’ll see if I get it next year!

The new Mandarin Oriental in Macau (the irregularly shaped building jutting out on the waterfront)

and what a pool…

Given my steady transition into a healthier life, afternoon tea is definitely not part of my regular diet, but once in a blue moon it’s nice to spoil yourself, especially when there’s a special occasion or invitation. ๐Ÿ™‚ Any thoughts are welcome!

Vida Rica Bar:ย 2/Fย Mandarin Oriental, Macau.ย Avenida Dr Sun Yat Sen, NAPE, Macau

Afternoon FANtasy (High Tea):ย 3pm-6pm on Saturdays and Sundays;ย MOP438 for two (subject to 10% service charge). For reservations, contact Vida Rica Bar on +853 8805 8928 or email momac-vidarica@mohg.com

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