Connect Lounge Afternoon Tea is served in a 3-tier stand, where customers can enjoy a customized set of pastries from their wide selections such as cakes, mini sandwiches and then paired with either coffee or tea.
You may choose 4 out of the 5 baguette. This is the first time that I have tried baguette with flavor. The colors are green (parsley), red (tomato), plain (original), black (squid ink) and yellow (corn). You can also play around with flavors as they have different dressings and toppings (shrimp, salmon, salami and ham) that can be paired with your baguette. The vibrant color of sliced tomatoes and lettuces are a good sign that it’s fresh and crisp.
During our visit we tried the Pastries of the day – Sausage roll and English Scones. I was delighted with the Juicy sausage wrapped in puff pastry that is baked daily. A scone is often lightly sweetened ad occasionally glazed with some egg wash. It is always present in any afternoon high tea set that I have tried. Simple, light and airy I also the love the fact it has raisins on it. This is best eaten with the strawberry jam and heavy cream.
The third layer of Connect Lounge Afternoon Tea were the sweet treats. We had one each of strawberry and chocolate mouse with just-right flavor and sweetness perfect for the afternoon sugar rush haha! It also comes with two cube-sized cakes, the strawberry cheesecake and chocolate tart. I cried that it gone out so easily. I forgot to ask if it’s possible to get additional order for these cute-sy and yummy cakes.
Another inclusion of the Afternoon Tea is the Chocolate Fondant. Just tell the waiter if you’re ready to have it so you can fully enjoy the melting soft center while it’s still hot. It comes with a chocolate and vanilla syrup. I can’t decide among the two so I have it both. I love the texture that it’s crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside.
As I’ve said earlier you can either have a cup of coffee or a pot of tea for the Afternoon Tea set. I had the Green Tea, personally I love my perfect cup of tea, it’s smooth and it calm my senses. The Connect Lounge is a perfect place to have long chitchat with your family and friends. You have the full view of the ambiance as it is situated at the 24th floor. The Afternoon Tea is available daily from 2:00 PM-6:00 PM for P788.00.
Another must-try drink at the Connect Lounge is the Marco Polo’s Earl Grape Iced Tea (P275.00) which is composed of 25 gram of loose early grey tea, 660ml of water, 10cl of elderflower syrup and 8 green seedless grapes. I’ve never seen an iced tea that as fancy as this one!
Connect Lounge is open daily from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM. I’m sure I’ll be dragging my hubby again so soon for some “US” time over their Afternoon Tea!
24th floor, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, Sapphire St. corner Merlaco Avenue, Ortigas, Pasig City