IF your idea of a relaxing afternoon is sitting back, sipping a cup of hot peppermint tea and taking leisurely bites of scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam while exchanging pleasant conversation with a friend, then it may be time for High Tea!
At 100 Revolving Restaurant on the 33rd Floor of MDC Building at the corner of C5 and Eastwood Ave. in Libis, Quezon City, High Tea takes place every day from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., and it’s not limited to Traditional High Tea. Chef Jessie Sincioco makes three types of High Tea available to diners—Traditional Way, The Asian Way and The Filipino Way.
The Traditional Way (Php750 per set, good for two persons) is the typical English High Tea with a three-layer tray serving pastries on the top layer, Assorted Tea Sandwiches on the second layer, and Scones on the bottom layer. Pastries include Mini Cobbler, Chocolate Battons, White Chocolate Orange Kiss, and Almond Shortbread with Fresh Fruits. The Assorted Tea Sandwiches are a combination of Turkey Breast, Egg Salad, Cucumber, Cheese Quiche and Prawn Cocktail in Breadcup. The Scones are studded with plump raisins, and these come with Clotted Cream, Strawberry Jam and Mango Jam, plus a choice of Chamomile, Jasmine, Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Peppermint or Green Tea served in a pot.
For The Asian Way (Php600 per set, good for two), Chef Jessie has carefully put together what diners love among the Asian dishes served at 100 Revolving Restaurant based on the themed buffets it offers for Saturday lunch. It has the same three-layer High Tea tray, which has Palitaw, Pandan Crepes with Coconut and Buchi on the top layer; Milkfish Maki, Tamago Crabstick Roll and Siomai on the second layer; and Fried Egg Noodles on banana leaf and a pair of Siopao on the bottom layer. The set comes with Salabat (Ginger Tea).
If you simply want to have Filipino fares for merienda, opt for The Filipino Way High Tea (Php500 per set, good for two). It offers Pritson on the top layer; Regular Puto, Pandan Puto, Cuchinta and Banana Cue on the second layer; and Pancit Sotanghon on banana leaf on the bottom layer. The set also comes with Halo-Halo on martini glass, with banana saba, camote, macapuno, red monggo and leche flan, as well as Salabat (Ginger Tea).
Chef Jessie thought of offering High Tea at 100 Revolving Restaurant from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. because she wants diners to experience the place during these hours. “It’s a nice place to be during these hours when it’s not that hot anymore but still allows you to give you a nice view. The restaurant has a unique revolving concept that gives you a 360° view of the surrounding area, including Libis, Green Meadows, C5, Pasig and Marikina. It’s a combination of residential areas, skyscrapers, major road networks and waterways,” says Chef Jessie.
Breath-taking view, great company, good food and refreshing tea… What else would you look for?