Although there is no sound abatment, which detracts a little from a serene, gentle experience, the Chado Tea Room is bustling with experiences. There is "High Tea" which is an afternoon tea experience (at any time of the day for $18 - 25 per person) or a Tea Tasting. The latter is a deep dive into tea and the tea drinking experience, allowing you to try many different teas as part of an education experience. The "Afternoon" tea, is just that: a great pot of tea with full service. The tables are slightly cramped for 4 people to each have a full 3-tiered service caddy, 4 pots of tea and 4 tea cups with 4 glasses of water -- and whatever extra you may have ordered! But, the scones (especially the ginger one) were delicious, with jam and cream (although not clotted cream). The tea sandwiches were flavorful, with a wide selection to choose your four from. The "cake" course has several to choose from, along with a cookie.
There are over 300 teas to choose from. This is a blessing and a curse. How can you possible read through the entire tea catalogue, and then choose what you want to try in the time the wait staff is willing to suffer? Anyway, after a quick review of as many as I could read, I had a very lovely "silver tips" top grade tea that was grand. The others I was with each had a different tea, and we all ended up trying each other's tea -- which meant we had a mini tea tasting of our own! The service was prompt, but a bit staid and aloof -- but that is par for the course for a "British-style" tea service.
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