Afternoon Tea and Dinner Restaurant for Girly Girl Weekend?
My cousin is moving cross country, so 4 of us girls decided to do a girly girl weekend before she goes (May 14-15). We thought afternoon tea would be a fun thing to do. We were hoping to do the Huntington Library tea, but their online reservation system keeps failing so I don't know if they can accomodate us. If that falls through, what are some other options? We are all in the SFV, but are willing to drive a bit, and then are planning on getting a hotel room at the Mondrian or the W or something like that for the night and having dinner and breakfast near the hotel. Restaurant suggestions for 4 ladies who enjoy good food and good drinks around those hotels would be great too. I'd like to keep dinner at $20-25/pp for food only since we'll be splurging on our tea (hopefully).
Maybe Jin Patisserie for a different twist on tea? Kristy Choo is from Singapore (I think one of her staff is as well - Annabelle?) and if my memory serves me correctly, you are as well? Her tea menu is relatively light, the desserts are unique and excellent, and being on Abbot Kinney is pretty ideal for eating at places like Joe's, Gjelina, Tasting Kitchen, or more casual places like 3 Square, Lilly's, Primitivo or Hal's.
I don't know what the prices are for Jin's tea - I only occasionally get her desserts - so maybe call them if you're interested. The weather around the Westside has been nothing short of great lately. I think if you start out there with an early tea, stroll up Abbot Kinney to burn off you tea, then head into one of the places for supper, you ladies will be back at your hotel room early enough to enjoy some serious night-capping. :)
1202 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
3 Square Cafe
1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
1025 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
Hal's Bar & Grill
1349 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
I like Jin a lot as well....though the "tea" is not quite as ceremonial as a traditional one. It's a bit more like the tea and food on a nice patio. If you're hoping for ceremony, a friend told me that the tea at the Montage in Beverly Hill is lovely and very good. You might check that out.
As an alternative to your typical hotel/high end tea, I recently went to Royal T in Culver City. It's a cool Japanese pop type of space with some art. You can get a pot of tea, savory canapes, sweets, and a kobe slider for $20. The waitresses all dress in french maid outfits. It's different, then you can splurge a little more on dinner :)