Perched on the 24th floor with floor to ceiling windows, Park Hyatt Seoul's afternoon tea comes with great views of Gangnam. With this afternoon tea, I had a chance to meet with Executive Chef Massimiliano Ziano, who oversees the entire culinary team. He described everything on the three-tiered tray once it arrived and saw his Italian influence with sweets like the bombolini, an Italian doughnut and the mini panini sandwich.
The space reads more business lounge than a lush setting for afternoon tea, but the seats were comfortable and the view was nice.
Service was mostly excellent, but faltered slightly towards the end when I request hot water and then later, an extra savory. The hot water took about 20 minutes to arrive and the savory took so long that we left before we got it. As it was at The Shilla Seoul, we got hand towels before we ate, which I loved, since it adds a touch of a little luxury.
The afternoon tea here looks picture perfect.
TEA & TEA SELECTION: ★★★★★
Depending on the tea you order, you'll get different teaware. I ordered a Korean tea, a persimmon leaf tea, and it arrived in a pretty glass teapot with a matching double-glass cup on a wooden tray. My friend Claire ordered a black tea, and it came in a classic stainless steel teapot and matching ceramic cup on an oval silver tray. These little details create a very luxurious experience.
Every bite was delicious! Thoughtfully created and freshly made, the savories were perfect in size and were quite delectable.
One scone paired with half of a sweet roasted fig per person on the scones tray, which was just the right amount and they complemented each other perfectly. Clotted cream and preserves were on the table in matching small bowls for the scones.
A nice variety always gets high points in my book and the Park Hyatt Seoul, with a mix of sweets from a opera cake to bombolini, all in mini sizes, gets five stars.
The food here is on point and perfect in portion and serving size. We left very happy and full.
INFO: Park Hyatt Seoul | 606 Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu | Seoul, South Korea, 135-552 | +82-2-2016-1234
AFTERNOON TEA HOURS: Daily, 2:30PM - 5:30PM
//Afternoon tea courtesy of Park Hyatt Seoul. All content and opinions expressed here are my own.//