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I am so excited to be starting a series all about travel. I’ll be regularly sharing restaurants, events, and places of interest all around the Pacific Northwest.
I love love love things that feel luxurious. Make me feel like a pretty princess and it is even better. And of course, there is nothing more luxurious and princess-like than afternoon tea at Hotel deLuxe.
Of course in true Portland style, you can come dressed however you please. There were some people in jeans and some people dripped in luxury jewels. The only requirement is that you make a reservation. I had no problem getting a reservation when I called the restaurant four days ahead. Going into the holiday season, the seatings will probably fill faster.
As for the menu, I really appreciated the variety of teas they offered. There were plenty of options so anyone could find something they liked without being overwhelmed. I opted for my favorite tea, Lord Bergamot. My guest selected the Bai Mu Dan. Your server will prepare the tea and allow it to steep before bringing it to the table. I drink my tea plain, but sugar and milk are available. For those that enjoy cocktails at tea, they are offered as well.
Shortly after bringing the tea, our refreshments arrived. The three courses included sandwiches, scones, and pastries. While the focus is on the tea itself, my guest and I were rather pleased with the food. Our favorites were the scones topped with clotted cream and seasonal marionberry jam. Of the finger sandwiches, we preferred the garden vegetable and the chicken salad. Neither I nor my guest cared for the particular selection of pastries.
Overall, Hotel Deluxe’s high tea was rather enjoyable. Gracie’s is really beautiful, the server was attentive and helpful, and the tea service was the best we have had. I would recommend this afternoon tea to anyone hosting out of town guests, like a mother or in-laws. It would be great for a Saturday afternoon get together with friends too.