Afternoon Tea Review // Camélia at Mandarin Oriental, Paris

Along with the lovely visit to Shangri-La, I spent some time enjoying afternoon tea with a friend at the Mandarin Oriental, Paris (c/o).

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SETTING: ★★★★☆
Afternoon tea is served at Mandarin Oriental’s modern restaurant, Camélia. The space felt a little cold, with the taupe and white minimal decor. I prefer a more plush setting for afternoon tea.

SERVICE: ★★★★★
The Mandarin Oriental in NYC has amazing customer service and this one in Paris was equally excellent. The staff is welcoming and are great at what they do.

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TEA & TEA SELECTION: ★★★★☆
Jing tea is served and I went with a brisk Assam Breakfast. The tea selection is small, with just 15 teas to choose from. I wished I had a few more to choose from, but the tea itself was quite excellent.

Two-bite sized cookies and choux were enjoyed with the tea before the savories arrived at the table. They were so good, especially the choux.

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SAVORIES: ★★★☆☆
Three toasted sandwiches came out on plates, wrapped in paper with their logos. No three-tiered tray, which is always a bummer. I’m not a big fan of toasted sandwiches for afternoon tea since it can easily go from warm and crispy to rock hard in seconds. For these sandwiches, I would have preferred them on regular white bread instead of on toasted.

SCONES: Not served.

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SWEETS: ★★★★★
Instead of scones, we got two courses of sweets. The first one were all mini, and served on an interesting multi-tiered tray, which held two of each dessert for the two of us. Loved this — in taste, variety, and presentation.

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The second round of sweets, we had selected when ordering our teas. I thought it fitting to order the Saint-Honoré since it’s also the name of the street the Mandarin Oriental, Paris is on. Puff pastry with pastry cream in neat little stacked layers, the final dessert was very good.

OVERALL: ★★★★☆
Centrally located in the middle of a busy shopping street, the Mandarin Oriental is a nice little spot to stop in for a bite to eat.

LOCATION: Camélia at Mandarin Oriental, Paris | 251 rue Saint-Honoré | 75001 Paris, France | +33 (0)1 70 98 74 00

COST: Tea Time in Paris, 45€

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1 Comment

  • andre
    4 years ago

    Act of Racism at Mandarin Oriental Paris.

    I was sitting in a common area (lobby)of the Mandarin Oriental Paris hotel on he phone with my Nigerian family ( may be a little loud) and was confronted by a hotel Chinese employee named Arina Phouthakhanty who said, “This place is for guests of the hotel. You must leave.” Room was registered under my assistant name.

    The worker would hear none of my explanation that i was a guest. she insisted that i must leave immediately.

    After it was established that indeed i was a distinguished guest of the Mandarin Oriental Paris Hotel and good friend of GM Philipe Leboeuf. She apologized by offering some complimentary drink and a later and try to explain hat she was part of the management team.
    I asked for Mister Leboeuf and was told that he left few minutes ago. Not true , and i am sure he didn't have any report of this incident.

    This incident needs to be publicized as much as possible because i cannot believe it is an isolated incident. Let it be a warning to others that we are not going to allow people to get away with this kind of behavior in 2014. It is not simply a matter of sacking the employee Arina Phouthakhanty – it is about changing attitudes and training staff appropriately. And if that is not being done then the apology is worthless.

    I think i can't stay anywhere better than the famous George V in Paris. Also staying in a Four Seasons Hotel is a guarantee of quality and excellent service. I still consider that Mandarin Oriental Paris is a good hotel.

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