Fancy a spot of tea and some nosh after a busy day hitting the beaches, shops and spas? Or maybe a glass of champers and some sweet treats for a mid-afternoon treat? High tea is alive and well in Bali in all sorts of forms, from the cozy and quaint to the elegantly sophisticated. Here are a few of Bali’s best high teas that we return to time after time.
The Mulia in Nusa Dua pulls out all the stops when it comes to their Classic High Tea with finger sandwiches galore, chocolate pralines, freshly baked scones with preserved fruit, salmon profiteroles with caviar, frozen yogurt and a chocolate fountain, all served up on china plates. For a change, try the Indonesian High Tea and sample dishes like gado gado, spring rolls and serabi (a rice flour and coconut milk pancake).
If it’s opulence you’re seeking, look no further than the Classic Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis in Nusa Dua. Indulge in an international collection of boutique teas accompanied by light bites like petit fours, homemade pralines, scones, ice cream, Valrhona chocolate, lobster pie and house smoked salmon. And in true St. Regis fashion, you’re experience is enhanced by the soothing sounds of live classical piano in the background.
Rice paddy views, gentle breezes and relaxed vibes are all part and parcel of the high tea experience at Metis in Seminyak. Afternoon delights include gourmet cakes, homemade truffles, macaroons, smoked salmon wraps and spring rolls, as well as an extensive list of black and herbal teas, espressos, cappuccinos and lattes. For French elegance with a Balinese twist, this is the spot to be.
The setting at Jemme is just right for an elegant afternoon soiree with hanging chandeliers, soft velvet upholstered high-back chairs, and a grand piano. It also doesn’t hurt that the attached jewellery shop is dripping in glittery and glamorous things. Get dolled up in your high tea attire and hit the dining room every Saturday from 2pm to 6pm for tasty treats like finger sandwiches, fruit tarts and fresh scones with Devonshire clotted cream.
Situated just minutes from the beach, Hotel Tugu is an eclectic Canggu institution adorned with Indonesian antiques and artworks, and comfy sofas in the lounge that overlook lush gardens and the sea. High tea here is all about traditional Indonesian snacks and delicacies like Balinese cakes wrapped in banana leafs, dumplings, fried bananas and rich Balinese coffee and teas.
Part tea lounge, part restaurant and part bookshop, Biku is a Seminyak favourite housed in a 150-year old Javanese joglo. Their Traditional Afternoon Tea includes the obligatory finger sandwiches, mini quiches, homemade scones with jam and freshly whipped cream, pastries and teas from around the world. Also on offer is the Asian High Tea, Children’s Tea Time and the option to add a glass or two of bubbly to the mix.
Jati Bar – Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan
The first thing that will take your breath away at Jati Bar is the stunning spectacle of the jungle-cloaked ravine spread out below the open-sided lounge. The second thing will be the tiers of delicious gourmet goodies served up at the daily afternoon tea. Snack on smoked salmon on pumpernickel with cream cheese and tobiko, chicken and cucumber sandwiches with truffle mayo, and assorted berries tartlets with rum pastry cream, all accompanied by premium teas, coffees, and glasses of bubbly.