San Francisco's flagship department store, Neiman Marcus has some of the best shopping but did you know they also serve afternoon tea? Warm scones, tasty tea sandwiches and a bottomless pot of tea awaits us at The Rotunda, our first West Coast stop on the Hug Tea Tour.
Set beneath a landmark stained-glass dome and overlooking the city's Union Square, it's the perfect choice for any special occasion or for turning an ordinary day into something wonderful.
As we pondered over the selection of green, white and black Dammann Frères loose leaf teas, we were served a chicken consommé with a bite size cheese topped pastry. Traditional afternoon tea is $35 per person or you can top it up with a glass of bubbly for $44/47.
Next up, the famous popover! It was gigantic with a crispy exterior and an airy center. I filled the entire middle with their strawberry butter and biting into it was like heaven!
Our grand stand included an impressive spread of finger sandwiches and savory sweets. My favourite was the crab-stuffed puff pastries which was light and flaky. The egg salad sat decoratively on a piece of fluffy white bread with the crust cut off looking way too cute to eat. Then there was the classics - cucumber cheese and salmon on cream, all as tasty as they looked.
The bottom tier was lined with delicate housemade sweets including petite carrot cakes and raspberry tarts, madeleines as soft as sponges and petits-fours cakes in raspberry and lime. Now it wouldn't be San Francisco without these delectable bite-size Gharadelli brownies! Honey, jam, marmalade and clotted cream were all in check as well.
As we left The Rotunda, we couldn't help but do a little shopping on our way out. I had a great visit, service was stellar and I highly recommend stopping by the next time you visit San Francisco. Tea is served daily from 1-5:00pm.
150 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA
Tel: (415) 249-2720
Check out the rest of our tea rotation here.