The Peninsula Hotel in Tokyo has partnered with the beloved children’s book character Peter Rabbit for a charming Afternoon Tea experience that delights and surprises.
Upon arrival at The Peninsula Hotel in Tokyo we are ushered to our beautifully set table and offered hot drinks from their extensive list of teas, including The Peninsula Original Teas and Organic Teas. Over the course of the Afternoon Tea, we tried the Hibiscus Berry and the Apricot Citrus, both of which were richly coloured and fragrant. Also available were the classic staples such as Earl Grey and Chamomile.
In a departure from tradition, the Afternoon Tea was presented on a birdcage-like stand, rather than the typical 3 tier tea stand. The result was a feast for the eyes, with delicate treats perched all around.
To begin with, we tried some of the savoury items. Our favourite items included the Smoked Salmon and Egg Salad Pink Sandwich, which was deliciously creamy and had the fun addition of being a bright pink colour, as well as the Croque-Madame, which had boneless ham, béchamel sauce and fried sage. One of the most interesting savouries was the Norwegian Shrimp and Carrot Mousse, which was executed perfectly; the sweetness of the carrot was offset by the saltiness of the small shrimp dotted on top. Only the Sour Cherry Foie Gras was perhaps a bit too rich for our taste.
Picking our way through the birdcage, we then sampled some of the sweets. Here the ties with Peter Rabbit really came into play, with the Carrot Cake, as well as one of the most intricate sweets called Mr. Mcgregor’s Garden, which included strawberry, vanilla diplomat cream and crumble inside a white chocolate shell topped with a spade crafted out of chocolate. Another favourite of ours was the Chocolate Truffle Torte, which was topped with a pair of chocolate rabbit ears.
And this Afternoon Tea experience was not without the most integral course: the homemade scones. As well as the traditional plain scone, currant scones were also offered in keeping with the Peter Rabbit theme. Both were warm and fluffy, and the clotted cream and jam paired perfectly.
This experience combines the sophistication of Afternoon Tea with the childlike wonder of Peter Rabbit to create an experience that is both playful and whimsical without abandoning any elegance. If you ever find yourself in Tokyo, this is one to not miss.
Peter Rabbit Afternoon Tea Menu:
- Smoked Salmon and Egg Salad Pink Sandwich with Gherkin Pickle and Tomato
- Teriyaki Chicken Roll with Cucumber, Carrot and Mayonnaise
- Croque-Madame with Boneless Ham, Béchamel Sauce and Fried Sage
- Sour Cherry Foie Gras with Mint
- Norwegian Shrimp and Carrot Mousse with String Bean and Field Caviar
- Pâte de Campagne with Sakura Radish Pickle and Baguette Crouton
- Cherry Roll Cake
- Mr. Mcgregor’s Garden with Strawberry, Vanilla Diplomat Cream and Crumble
- Chocolate Truffle Torte
- Lemon Flan and Meringue Tart
- Carrot Cake
- White Chocolate and Cheese Terrine
- Currant Scone
- Plain Scone
- Clotted Cream and Jam
*Any dietary requirements are taken into consideration and alterations made to the Afternoon Tea.