I took a few days off last week to celebrate my birthday. Coincidentally, my friend P had emailed the week before saying she was coming up to the city and wanted to catch up. The timing worked out beautifully and we met for lunch/afternoon tea at Bosie Tea Parlor.
I haven’t had a proper afternoon tea in ages and when P said she wanted to experience it for herself, I was more than happy to oblige! We narrowed down where to meet up and settled on Bosie for its much more casual dress code and vibe.
We ended up with the Afternoon Tea Service for two. It was my first time to sit down to a proper afternoon tea here; in the past, I usually end up ordering savory options for lunch or solely a dessert and pot of tea after dinner. Besides the tea, the service included mini vanilla scones served with clotted cream and jam, several types of sandwiches of our choosing, mini tea cakes (vanilla, green tea, chocolate and lemon) and two macarons each (we had earl grey with milk chocolate; raspberry with yuzu; lavender and maple bacon).
For tea, I can’t really remember but we both ordered black teas; I think I chose the Kosabei and P the First Flush Darjeeling Tumsong. Everything was so good, and I especially enjoyed the tea sandwiches. We had the Farmer’s Egg Salad with thyme blossoms; Chicken with raisins and curried mayonnaise (coronation chicken); Smoked Salmon with red onion, lemon zest and cream cheese; and Crab with cocktail sauce, capers and yuzu. I especially liked the smoked salmon sandwiches and the other flavors were very good as well.
For a while we nearly had the place to ourselves. When we arrived, there was only one other other table occupied though it slowly filled out with late lunchgoers. It was nice to sit for a bit, have a bite and catch up with an old friend. And it was certainly tamer (and much more enjoyable) than my birthday last year, which was an all-day food fest while running around Hong Kong with my family.