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Afternoon Tea, downtown

Poppy8sd Dec 20, 2008 11:19 PM

I'm blocking out the year --the stolen car --the economy, etc., etc., and going to Celebrate my birthday. Need help: for part of celebration I want Best Afternoon Tea and the 'specs' are:
-HAS to be downtown LA (no car)
-has to be: Monday service

I've searched; can't find week-day Afternoon Tea. I want it to be De-lish, elegant, special --don't care what it costs (truly). Harp or other music and fireplace would really do it for me. For reference: I've had Tea at Huntington Hotel, BH Hotel, Four Seasons (excel.), Bev. Wilshire, and many others, around the world, but none downtown LA. Got a great rec? Please post! Thanks.

  1. hyacinthgirl Dec 22, 2008 11:41 AM

    The Biltmore's nice.
    Also, you might want to try Pacific Dining Car. I've never done the one downtown but the Santa Monica location will make a high tea as long as you order in advance.

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    1. re: hyacinthgirl
      azibo Dec 22, 2008 04:55 PM

      For the record, high tea is not the same as afternoon tea. High tea is actually dinner. Afternoon tea, or "low tea" has the three main subtypes that many American establishments unfortunately misname high tea, namely cream tea, light tea, and full tea. For more info, go to http://whatscookingamerica.net/Histor...

      1. re: azibo
        hyacinthgirl Dec 23, 2008 01:51 PM

        Thank you, and sorry for the mistype!

        1. re: hyacinthgirl
          azibo Dec 25, 2008 07:38 PM

          No problem! To address the OP, I do think the Biltmore is pretty good, but nothing beats what I've had at Huntington Gardens so far in LA.

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      Food622 Dec 21, 2008 10:29 AM

      I wouldn't say this is the best tea in Los Angeles, but as you are limited to downtown LA, the Biltmore does a high tea.

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