The only viable alternative would be to have afternoon tea at Bizu in Greenbelt 2 for half the price according to Mrs. Martinez's Raves and Rants. Last week, we made sure to be at Bizu between 3 and 6 PM lest the offer expires. It's been an ongoing joke that we shouldn't be surprised anymore when a particular shop/attraction closed shop just minutes before our arrival judging from all the mishaps in our recent trips to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
1 Fresh Pot of Loose Leaf Tea of Choice
Our server recommended Earl Grey (Bergamot Orange) which according to the menu is "a tea blend derived from the addition of oil extracted from the rind of the bergamot orange." True enough, the tea had a refreshing hint of orange and a rich body that was both comforting and soothing. Out of the blue, I wondered what was inside the pot.
When I peeked inside, I remembered a similar tea gadget we have at home. A gift from U from a couple of years back which I never got the chance to try out simply because I didn't know how. LOL. Now that I finally know that it's a strainer, all I need is a large pot to take it for a long overdue test drive!
Table setting for the Afternoon Tea at Bizu.
Scumptious Scones, Savories and Sweets from Bizu's Afternoon Tea Set
BIZU Afternoon Tea Set (Good for Two) worth Php 626.34 (net price)
A Quick Look At The History of Afternoon Tea
It has been said that it was Catherine of Braganza (1638-1705), King Charles The Second's Portuguese wife, was the first to introduce tea drinking in England. It was a custom among the nobility in Portugal to have high-tea at 4 PM and being a Portuguese infanta (of royal blood but not an heir to the throne) herself, she was born to such tradition.
But it was Anna Maria Russel, Duchess of Bedford (1783-1857) who gave the afternoon tea a major face-lift. Back in the 19th century, dinner was usually served between 7 and 8:30 PM which left most people famished during the long gaps between meals. It was said that during a visit to the 5th Duke of Rutland at Belvoir Castle in 1840s, the Duchess discovered for herself that having a light meal of tea, cakes and sandwiches in the afternoon helped satiate her hunger. Soon she was inviting friends over for afternoon tea and later on it became a delightful addition to many upper and middle class households.
Clockwise: Lemon slices for the tea. For the scone: Cream; Blueberry Jam; Butter!
Clockwise: 2 Bizu Madeleines; 1 Bizu Scone; 1 Bizu Salmon with Dill Pistachio Mousseline
I've learned from afternoontoremember.com that the proper way to start an afternoon tea is to begin munching on the scones while they're still hot before proceeding with the other treats.
(Left ) 1 Bizu Chicken Pesto with Sundried Tomato Mayo in Petit Ciabetta
(Back) 2 Bizu Caramelized apples with Brie on Croute
(Right) 1 Bizu Petit Croque Monsieur (Ham & Cheeese)
(Front) 2 Bizu Mushroom Duxelle in Vol-au Vent
After scones, savories are the next ones to enjoy. And I could tell you honestly that despite their miniscule sizes, all these are simply phenomenal. But if you ask me which one made a strong impression on me, I have to say that I really can't forget the Bizu Petit Croque Monsieur!
Clockwise: 2 Bizu Opera cakes; 2 Bizu Macarons de Paris; 1 Bizu Chocolate Truffle in the middle
Make sure though that you come with a slightly full tummy for the afternoon tea because the servings are really miniscule. But if you're a Bizu first-timer like us, it was a good way to get introduced to Bizu's culinary tradition. And judging from their terrific scones, savories and sweets, I bet their full meals are as good, if not better.
Bizu Patisserie & Bistro