My husband's birthday happens to be a day before mine, and he turns 35 this year. Ever since I introduced him to high tea at the Shangri-La in Singapore, he's been obsessed with tea. He loves his chai, teh-terik, Earl Grey, crysenthemum ... It seems like high tea is not as popular in Los Angeles. After researching around, we decided to celebrate his birthday at The Peninsula in Beverly Hills. I called three weeks ahead to make researvations for 8. At The Peninsula, there's two seatings at The Living Room--one at 11 a.m. and one at 5 p.m. You can stay as long as you want. The Living Room is exactly what is sounds like ... big comfy couch with a roaring fireplace.
We picked the mid-range choice ($29), which includes one pot of tea, 2 scones, 3 small pastries, 4 small finger sandwiches. This tray was for two people. It looks quite pathetic, at least compared with the all-you-can-eat high tea at Shangri-La. Honestly it's $6 for the food, and $23 for the "couch rental." But, it was quite delicious and surprisingly filling. It was worth it for special occasion, but I probably won't pay for it again.