We stopped by Anantara Siam Bangkok for afternoon tea to cool our heels from the intense heat and humidity of Bangkok. We had hoped to have their legendary Sunday Brunch but it was booked by the time we tried making a reservation.
The hotel has a large ostentatious lobby, with ceiling frescoes and an incredible mural atop a wide staircase and a large wooden boat decked out with carved elephants and local flowers.
We had some time to wander a little around their public space and it’s very lovely especially the enormous koi pond fitted out with tropical flora and bridge.
Afternoon tea was at the lobby lounge. Our waitress said there were an option of Asian inspired afternoon tea menu and traditional English menu so we opted for the former since we thought it would be interesting twists to the food.
The coupes with a scoop of raspberry sorbet and a basket filled with very warm, plain scones came out first and they were satisfying. The sorbet had bright flavors and pleasantly tart. The scones had a lovely delicate crust with a flaky, biscuit-like crumb.
My friends had the tall glass of iced lemongrass and mint tea and that was a beverage I wouldn’t have mind drinking all day, everyday in Bangkok as it’s so refreshing and light. My pot of hot Temple De L’aube (Temple of Dawn) tea was too subtly flavored for me to tasted citrus or spices in the green tea that the menu description indicated but at least it quenched my thirst.
The food items were overall fine. The savory items were seasoned well but the bread or rice wrap of the items were dry. The sweets fared a tad better but it felt uninspired.
Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel
155 Ratchadamri Rd, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 126 8866