|The Langham Chicago|
|Afternoon at The Langham|
I stopped by with my friend Courtney for tea service on a Saturday afternoon and was immediately impressed with the hotel's decor. The second floor lobby is bright and clean and features a pebble-like hanging mural from the ceiling. To your left is Pavilion, a similarly-decorated salon for afternoon tea.
|The Langham Lobby|
|Pavilion at The Langham Chicago|
|View from Tea|
Another server brought our teas in beautiful tea pots made exclusively for The Langham.
- Butter-poached scallops with sunchoke puree, Brussels sprouts, and crispy pancetta
- Caramelized heirloom cauliflower with harissa aioli, fennel, and mint
- Roasted butternut squash tartlet with Bucheron cheese, savory granola, and Tuscan kale
- Duck confit rilletes with smoked pink lady apple, pickled kumquats, and celery
My favorites were the caramelized cauliflower, and butter-poached scallops!
After enjoying our first course and teas, we were provided with the tea list again to make our second tea selection. I've enjoyed tea at several locations but never have I gotten the chance to try more than one tea. This was amazing, especially since there are so many delicious-sounding teas it's hard to pick just one.
This time, we both went for lighter teas, both exclusive to The Langham. Courtney chose the Palm Court Blend, a Chinese white tea blend with hibiscus, rose hip, and pink rose petals. The hibiscus gave it a beautiful pink hue. I chose the Silk Road Blend, a white tea with jasmine, and pink whole rosebuds.
|Silk Road Blend|
|Palm Court Blend|
Our remaining two courses were both sweet. One was a plate of mini pastries, and the other, two scones.
|Pastries & Scones|
|Sweet Potato & Caramel Apple Scones|
- Pumpkin puff with oat crust, pumpkin pie ganache, and Speculoos cream
- Chai mille-feuille with puff pastry, and chai cream
- Cranberry tea cake with vanilla sponge cake, cranberry cream, and pistachio flour
- Hazelnut pie with caramelized white chocolate, fromage blanc, and candied hazelnuts
Wow were these incredible! The hazelnut pie even had a gold leaf on top! I was too full to finish all of them but our server kindly packed up a full plate of these delicious pastries, along with scones and jams for each of us. Talk about all star service! Not to mention, he asked if we wanted to try a third tea! If our bladders weren't going to bust, we may have taken him up on his offer.
While $50 may sound pricey for tea, considering all of the food and tea, as well as exceptional service, I think it's well worth it. Where else can you try three different teas, let alone exclusive teas from the hotel where it all started?
I'm giving afternoon tea at The Langham 4.5 ghosts out of 5 for its stunning Pavilion, incredible tea selections and sweet and savory food pairings, as well as fantastic service!
Afternoon tea service is daily at 3pm, 3:30pm or 4pm and reservations can be made by phone or online.
Pavilion at The Langham Chicago
330 N. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611