“Being a woman is a fate Sabina did not choose. What we have not chosen we cannot consider either our merit or our failure. Sabina believed that she had to assume the correct attitude to her unchosen fate. To rebel against being born a woman seemed as foolish to her as to take pride in it.”~The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
I always love afternoon tea rituals. For me, there is an unwritten rule that afternoon tea shouldn’t involve a man because I often associated afternoon tea as ritual and ceremony to recharge my feminine energy. It’s a precious moment to escape from the stresses of everyday life and share a story with women companion.
The Hermitage Tribute Portfolio Hotel
The Hermitage, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel is a fairly new hotel located in the upscale residential area, on the corner of Jalan Cilacap, Menteng. It just a walking distance from an open-air antique market in Jalan Surabaya.
Originally built in 1923 this Dutch colonial building has a lot of history. This historical building was used as a Dutch telecommunication centre. And later after the Independence of the Republic of Indonesia, it served as National Education Ministry office and Directorate General of the Ministry of Culture and Education.
Afternoon Tea at Courtyard Cafe
Afternoon tea in The Hermitage hotel served at The Hermitage Lounge or Courtyard Cafe. Inside the richly historical building, lies a lush oasis where you can treat yourself and your friends with a delectable afternoon tea. Surrounded by beautiful trees this outdoor space offers a peace within a buzzing metropolis.
There’s two option for afternoon tea packages; Hermitage’s Classic Afternoon tea packages or Hermitage’s Colonial tea packages. Each package accompanied with a selection of fragrant TWG tea or Illy coffee.
Hermitage’s Classic Afternoon Tea Packages serves on a three-tier stand, it consists of dessert, mini sandwich and savoury pastries. The obligatory scones served in a beautiful black tray alongside with strawberry jam, cream and chocolate sauce.
Same as the classic afternoon tea packages, Hermitage’s Colonial Afternoon Tea Packages also serves on a three-tiered stand. It consists a mix of sweet and savoury Indonesian delicacies like dadar unti, pastel (fried pastry), bika Ambon and lapis Surabaya cut in a jenga block shape.
The Hermitage’s afternoon tea buffet priced at IDR 150.000 per person. Afternoon tea is served from 3 pm to 6 pm daily.