This past weekend I took my two favorite ladies (my mom & my mom's friend) out for a traditional afternoon tea at the Living Room located inside the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel. I've had afternoon tea here once before when I took my friend out for her birthday. However, my mom and her friend have never been here so I thought it would be a good place to take them to celebrate a belated Mother's Day.
I've been to a lot of afternoon tea places because I truly enjoy it. There is nothing more relaxing & enjoyable then a good cup of tea and some delicious food to go with it. In comparison to the other places I've been to the menu here is pretty great. It is a lot more expensive than most places so be ready to splurge a bit. I get pretty picky when I go to these tea places because I start comparing them to all the places I've previously tried. So here's the scoop on this place! The Living Room is located inside the Peninsula hotel in Beverly Hills just past the main entrance. It is a small open space with lounge type seating and the occasional small table setup. It really does own up to it's name "The Living Room." The ambiance here is elegant and refined with the live harp music and beautiful china. The food portions are adequate and the flavor of everything served is on point. Did I mention how beautiful the presentation of the food is? My favorite sandwich other than my usual favorite with is the smoked salmon, I did enjoy the Camembert strawberry pesto sandwich. My favorite dessert was the tropical fruit tart with banana cream and the blueberry macaroon. The tea was absolutely delicious! I went with their house blend called the Belvedere which went perfectly well with milk and sugar.
Here some things that did not impress me and overall made me feel a bit disappointed. When we sat down I noticed there were some residue left on the container with the milk. It didn't gross me out completely but attention to detail at a place like this should be expected....meaning they should really double check to see if everything is clean before putting it out on the table. My tea was served cold a few times to the point I had to request to have them fill it up with hot water and take back my tea cup. Writing this, I realize maybe I was a bit high maintenance but you sort of expect good service from a higher end tea place and it's just annoying when they continue to serve you tea that has been left out for 45 minutes. They did have those tea cozy's covering the tea but obviously that didn't do the trick. I was also disappointed they didn't do anything special for my mom and her friend (I was celebrating a belated Mother's Day) even though when I called to make my reservation they told me they would bring out a complimentary cake. I even called the day before to remind them and they assured me they would make a note but nothing came on the day of! I even asked the waitress when my mom and her friend stepped away to use the ladies room and she said she would go back and check but the waitress never came back!
So with all that said, I would say if you are into a posh atmosphere's and you have the money to splurge this may be your place. Also, some of you may not be bothered with all the things I was so if that's the case this place might be great for you. Despite the few disappointments I had, my mom and her friend had a fantastic time and they were both impressed and had a fantastic time!
I'm always looking for new tea places to try in the Southern California area so if you have any must try places, please let me know in the comments!