When one thinks of Vegas, I’m betting that afternoon tea isn’t the first thing that pops into mind. I was at the World Tea Expo a few weeks ago, and had just enough time to slip away for a mid-day tea break. I decided on Verandah Restaurant at the Four Seasons hidden in a corner of the Mandalay Bay Resort.
I came for tea at around 3:30 in the afternoon, which is popular tea time elsewhere in the world but no so much in the U.S. The Verandah has a set menu for its afternoon tea, and you must make reservations a day ahead of time. They don’t have a large variety of teas to pick from, but all of their teas and tisanes are organic.
The stand-out tea foods at Veranda are the scones and lemon curd. The scones have a light, almost crunchy texture and the lemon curd is very tangy and bright tasting. The tea sandwiches, although artful and pretty, aren’t the best I’ve ever had but still good.
There are several books on tea and etiquette, but none of them mention the rules of taking your tea time treats home in a “to-go” bag. Since nobody was looking and because no one really should eat 3 scones and a plate of desserts in one sitting, I figured it was a good idea to break tradition and go for it.
Above all, the service at Verandah is outstanding. If you need a moment to escape from the crowds, heat, and clanging craziness of The Strip, the Verandah is an elegant, peaceful place to get away to.