Best Afternoon Tea, September 2009
At the Spa Montage Beverly Hills, no detail is overlooked—from the hand-painted china (by Lissi Kaplan, who also lends her artistry to the Peninsula’s tea service) to the complex flavors of the dainties on the three-tiered caddy (the menu changes seasonally). The hotel’s lush Lobby Lounge, where tea is laid out, is awash in shades of gold and packed with nattily dressed patrons, but there isn’t a hint of stiff upper lip. The jam is homemade, the harpist Disney Hall ready, and the tea selection seven pages long. We love the Montage blend: a subtle mix of golden pomegranate, rose, rooibos, orange peel, and lemon myrtle that doesn’t require a cube of sugar or a drop of milk.