Afternoon Tea in Hawaii | Moana Surfrider

25735180653_676946908a_cI’m back in Honolulu for the month. Early to bed and early to rise. Simple dresses and light scarves. Dinner at grandma’s and lunch with mom and dad. It’s kind of nice being in paradise. Today, afternoon tea for two with Dara ^-^

We’re at the Moana Surfrider, 3pm on a Friday afternoon. This was the first place I ever had afternoon tea (in elementary school) so the memories go far back. The service format is classic but the sweets and savories change often enough to warrant a visit each quarter. Take a look at the Moana Surfrider Afternoon Tea service from 2010 to 2013 and 2014. Now we have 2016.

26245543552_d3685194ac_cTea takes place inside the Veranda at the Beachhouse.

25732939714_8999d1c30c_cPlantation iced tea to start (pineapple juice and black tea…will do a recipe post soon).

25732947364_6b2e255010_cThere are three types of tea services:

  • Veranda Tea – the standard afternoon tea service
  • Moana Classic Tea – the standard with extra savories and sweets (including the not to miss chocolate pot de crème)
  • First Lady Tea – the standard plus berries/crème fraîche/brown sugar and sparklng dry rosé

I alternate between the Moana Classic and First Lady…can’t go wrong either way.

26245409392_2e58f8c87a_cSix teas to select from:

  • Moana Sunset
  • Moana Royale
  • Veranda Breeze
  • Mango Mele
  • Jasmine Phoenix Pearls
  • Darjeeling
  • Lemon Rooibos

26271737911_3cc4195ae8_cI’ve been in a Darjeeling mood all week.

25732944184_cd013e316a_cReady to eat? We’ll start clockwise from the top:

  • Ahi hummus, green beans and cherry tomatoes, rosemary-olive tart shell
  • Thai-style lobster roll
  • Salmon mousse and cucumber, sea asparagus and ikura, puff pastry
  • Duck prosciutto, hoisin, cranberry jam, watercress, wonton chip

26271722191_d898ffb1e7_cBlueberry-orange scones (a very tender, delicate crumb) with lilikoi curd and clotted cream.

26245552762_97d06877f5_cAnd onto the sweets. Clockwise from top:

  • Chocolate pot de crème
  • Caramel butter cookie
  • Japanese cheesecake
  • Pistachio ladybug tart
  • Haupia roll cake (my favorite item on this plate)
  • Lemon macaron

26065064640_6b14889fd6_cAnd the one thing that never changes at the Surfrider…finishing tea with a scoop of lemongrass-ginger sorbet.

26245406192_58922a946e_cHappy weekend ^-^

P.S. All afternoon tea archives available here.

  • Steve
    November 27, 2016

    Great post… We’re traveling to Honolulu over Christmas and staying at the Royal Hawaiian.. If you had to recommend one place to try afternoon tea is the Surfrider the place to go?

    • Kathy YL Chan
      December 3, 2016

      Most definitely :)

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