This past weekend my husband and I took a small step into the past and treated ourselves to Afternoon Tea at Steakhouse 55. Steakhouse 55 is an elegant table-service restaurant in the Disneyland Hotel that captures and preserves the ambiance of a southern California high society from 1955 – the year Disneyland opened. Crisp white linens cover tables set with simple dishes and polished silverware. Gorgeous black and white photos feature some of Hollywood’s elite who surely would have patronized such a venue. Depicted in one of those photos shared below are legends Dezi Arnaz, Lucille Ball and George Burns.
As we were seated our waitress gave us leather bound menus that gave in-depth descriptions for each of the featured teas and included the 3 different tea party choices.
The Classic Tea Party is $50 per person and includes scones, tea sandwiches, desserts and your choice of teas.
The Premium Tea Party is $65 per person and comes with all the goodies included with the Classic Tea Party plus a glass of sparkling wine, salad and a farewell truffle.
The Kids’ Tea Party is $35 and available to children and adults. The Kids’ Tea Party is similar to the Classic Tea Party, but the food is more kid-friendly.
There are 12 different teas to choose from and our waitress was quick to inform us we could try each and every one of them during our visit. There are white, green, black and herbal teas with a wide variety of flavors and they can be enjoyed hot or iced with sugar, honey, lemon or simply as they are.
DIStracted Tip: Reservations can be made online at Disneyland.com/Dine or by calling (714) 781-DINE (3463).
My husband went with the Classic Tea Party while I entertained my inner child with the Kids’ Tea Party. The Classic Tea party featured a blueberry scone with lemon glaze and a currant scone topped with sugar served with fresh blueberry preserves, Devonshire cream and lemon curd. There were 4 tea sandwiches: watercress and cucumber; Salmon Gravlex; deviled cage free egg salad; and heirloom tomato with mozzarella. To end the meal there was: a chocolate covered strawberry; mini fruit tart; and 2 mini heart shape macaroons, 1 chocolate and 1 strawberry. The Kids’ Tea Party came with a large Mickey shaped chocolate chip scone which would definitely please just about any child. The tea sandwiches were: ham and cheese; Mickey shaped peanut butter; and sugar free strawberry jelly; and watercress and cucumber. The desserts were the same as the Classic Tea Party with the exception of the Kids’ Tea Party which only had one heart shaped macaroon.
DIStracted Tip: Each pot of tea is freshly brewed as it is ordered and can take some time to be brought to your table, so I suggest ordering 2 or more at a time if you want to try multiple flavors.
My husband started off with the Redbush Caramel Velvet herbal tea which had a light caramel flavor and was quite enjoyable. I love berry flavored teas, so when I saw the Mountain Berry herbal tea I knew that was my first choice. It was a huge hit, even with my husband who is not a fan of sweet berry teas. The Mountain Berry had a rich color and had layers of fruity flavors.
The next round we shared. My husband traveled outside his comfort zone and agreed to sample the Tangerine (Mandarin Rooibos) which is another herbal tea. This is the only one we tried iced and it had a crisp citrus flavor that would be perfect on a warm summer day.
Finally my husband went with a black tea, which is his usual type of tea. He enjoyed the White Tip Darjeeling hot with a dash of honey and some milk. Our waitress suggested saving the chocolate covered strawberry to pair with the White Tip Darjeeling, and my husband couldn’t have agreed more. They were perfect together. I tried the Chakra Silver Tips which is a white tea. It was slightly fruity with a creamy texture and by far my favorite.
We had a lovely couple hours sampling the different teas and snacking the delicious treats and sandwiches. If you are a lover of tea I highly recommend taking some time out of your day to enjoy the Afternoon Tea at Steakhouse 55.
DIStracted Tip: Want to continue the tea party at home? Stop by the World of Disney in Downtown Disney District and pick up some Disney Wonderland Tea – The Official Unbirthday Tea.
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