Located at the ground floor, Writers Bar is the library-styled lobby cafe of Raffles Makati. It takes inspiration from the original Writers Bar in Raffles Singapore, but puts a modern twist to it. Walls lined with bookshelves, ultra-comfortable couch seating, big picture windows, a high ceiling, and chic accents here and there... Indeed, the Writers Bar at Raffles Makati is a perfect location to enjoy afternoon treats while sipping tea!
Before this visit, I've only enjoyed afternoon tea time at da.u.de and TWG Tea Salon & Boutique. However, Writers Bar has a new take on it. Not only can one enjoy a filling yet laid-back afternoon snack and tea session with a friend, but every Monday, one (plus a companion) can even don the most fascinating of fascinators and whimsical hats!
And of course, I wouldn't miss trying out some of them fascinators and fancy hats hand-made from indigenous materials by Hat Momma, the favorite hat-maker of socialite Tessa Prieto-Valdes. If you're curious, wearing these hats definitely brought out the inner senyorita in me, who can't wait to get this Glam Hatters Afternoon Tea started.
Glam Hatters Afternoon Tea
Other tea places offering afternoon tea time will just give you your tea and all your snacks (usually on a tiered tray) at the same time. Writers Bar does it differently. Instead, you get to enjoy your Glam Hatters Afternoon Tea session course by course.
Equipped with our choice of fancy hats, my friend Stacy and I were first given a Harney and Sons Tea menu to choose our teas from. After taking our picks, we were then served with the first wave of Glam Hatters Afternoon Tea snacks.
|Glam Hatters Afternoon Tea - P1,150++ (good for two)|
Available every Monday from 2:30 to 5:30PM
While taking our first few sips of tea came this platter of 5 kinds of Finger Sandwiches with 2 servings each. Every single one of them was good in their own right, and went pretty well with our choice of teas. However, it's the Beef Tenderloin, Smoked Salmon and Egg Salad sandwiches we really enjoyed. If only we can get another helping...
|Finger Sandwiches Beef Tenderloin with Dijonnaise Dressing, Smoked Salmon with Horseradish Cream and Capers, Smoked Ham with Gherkins and Onions, Classic Cucumber with Basil Pesto,|
Egg Salad on Sun-dried Tomato Roll
Next, we were treated to 2 pieces each of the Classic Plain and Dried Currant scones. As a scones lover, it was nice to find these scones slightly crunchy on the outside, and soft and moist on the inside. They could be a little less dense though, but I can't deny I enjoyed pairing them with the clotted cream and berry preserve.
|Duo of Scones with Clotted Cream and Locally Made Preserves|
After starting off with the heavier and the more savory afternoon snacks, it was time to finally enjoy the sweeter side of the Glam Hatters Afternoon Tea snacks spectrum with this tiers of seasonal tartlets, pâte à choux, mini-cakes and macarons.
|3-Tier Selection of French Pastries|
The first tier of sweets had mini tarts which came in 3 different flavors. Among these 3, I found myself enjoying the Cranberry-Raspberry Tart more than the others. However, it's not to say the Lemon Meringue and Blueberry-Black Raspberry Tart aren't any good. They were actually very enjoyable too and paired really well with our teas. But since they're labeled seasonal, flavors may change depending on available ingredients.
|Lemon Meringue, Blueberry-Black Raspberry Tart, and Cranberry-Raspberry Tart|
On the second tier was a selection of pâte à choux or light puff pastries. We again had 2 each of 3 kinds -- Gianduja Religiuse, 2 layers of round puff pastry with hazelnut-infused chocolate cream filling; Vanilla Banana Eclair, oblong-shaped puff pastry with vanilla-banana cream filling and topping; Orange Choux, a piece of puff pastry with orange cream filling, which for some reason have pink-colored cream topping.
|Gianduja Religiuse, Vanilla Banana Eclair, and Orange Choux|
After enjoying the 2 previous tiers, we finally got to the last and my most favorite tier. It had mini Flourless Milk Chocolate Guanaja Cakes with decadent and nutty guanaja chocolate cream and edible gold leaves. There's also the refreshing mini Pistachio Orange Cakes which are light and zesty with hints of nuttiness from the pistachios. And to complete the set, there are 2 pieces each of French macarons in Peppermint and Ube flavors. This tier is definitely a sweet ending to our afternoon tea session!
|Flourless Milk Chocolate Guanaja Cake, Pistachio Orange Cake, and Macarons|
One can choose from unlimited coffee or tea, or even champagne (add P900) for beverage. But of course, this wouldn't be an afternoon tea session without actual teas, so we opted for the Roiboos Chai -- smooth and earthy blend of South African redbush herbs with sweet Indian clove, cardamom and cinnamon, and the White Vanilla Grapefruit -- light, smooth and citrus-y blend of white tea with vanilla and grapefruit.
|Roiboos Chai Tea and White Vanilla Grapefruit Tea|
The teas at Writers Bar are specially blended by Harney & Sons, and comes in a variety of flavors from black, white, green, oolong-blue and herbal teas.
Our visit to Writers Bar for the Glam Hatters Afternoon Tea has really cemented my love for tea and afternoon snacking. The course by course serving helped us enjoy our tea and treats in a more laid-back and leisurely pace. The interior and overall ambiance also adds to the charm of having afternoon tea at Writers Bar. So if you're up for tea time with a friend, this might just be the perfect place for that long-awaited catch-up session!
Taste - 4/5
Ambiance - 5/5
Service - 4/5
Price - 3.5/5
Overall Value - 4/5
Ambiance - 5/5
Service - 4/5
Price - 3.5/5
Overall Value - 4/5
Writers Bar, Raffles Makati
G/F Raffles Makati, 1 Raffles Drive, Makati Ave.,
Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
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