Tuesday, February 12, 2019

So Much Cuteness: Enjoying Afternoon Tea at The Bow Room at Hello Kitty Grand Cafe

Hello Kitty Grand Cafe, Bow Room, Irvine Spectrum Center, afternoon tea, high tea, Jamie Allison Sanders, Hello Kitty
I love two things: Hello Kitty and high tea. So when I found out that, not only is there a Hello Kitty Grand Cafe in Orange County, but that they serve afternoon tea, I absolutely jumped at the chance to go! I immediately texted my friend Erin to see if she'd want to go with me, and her resounding "YES!" came back about 5 seconds later. So we made our reservation, (im)patiently waited the month and a half for the day to arrive, and finally stepped inside the magic that is this totally adorable cafe.

When I was a kid, my mom used to take my brother and me to high tea at the Ritz-Carlton in Cleveland every year. It was a special day out that we looked forward to every year -- we got dressed up, ate cucumber sandwiches and listened to the harpist in the corner. My love of high tea has definitely carried into my adult years, and, while I don't get to go as much as I would like, I definitely take every opportunity presented to me to enjoy it.

And, come on, who doesn't love Hello Kitty? Every single portion of this experience is, of course, Hello Kitty themed -- which just makes it all the more adorable! We were given bar seating, which I have to admit was mildly disappointing as I would have loved to sit in a tufted pink booth, but we made the best of it. Plus, we got very personalized service from the bartenders, so that was pretty special!

The experience starts with a strawberry mousse that's made up of chocolate mousse atop a collection of fresh strawberries -- and it has a Hello Kitty face adorning the top! Yeah, it's cuteness overload. Yeah, it's par for the Hello Kitty course.

Hello Kitty Grand Cafe, Bow Room, Irvine Spectrum Center, afternoon tea, high tea, Jamie Allison Sanders, Hello Kitty
Starting the tea off cute with strawberry mousse.

Hello Kitty Grand Cafe, Bow Room, Irvine Spectrum Center, afternoon tea, high tea, Jamie Allison Sanders, Hello Kitty
Every detail is Hello Kitty themed, down to the shape of the plate and the sugar for your tea!

Then you have the opportunity to choose your own pot of tea from the AMAZING menu. I asked for recommendations, because I seriously wanted every single flavor! I decided upon Birthday Tea, which is a mix of sweet raspberries and fresh hibiscus. I really love getting my own pot of tea -- it just always makes me feel so special. And this tea was delicious -- not too sweet, not too floral, but just right. And since I just celebrated my birthday not too long ago, it felt apropos!

Hello Kitty Grand Cafe, Bow Room, Irvine Spectrum Center, afternoon tea, high tea, Jamie Allison Sanders, Hello Kitty
The overwhelming tea menu.

Okay, and then ... then ... THEN ... it was time for the pièce de résistance. Our bartender brought out a Hello Kitty shaped cage filled with three tiers of sweet and savory treats! We were given all of the following:

TOP TIER

Buttermilk scone with accoutrement
Hello Kitty mini cakes

MIDDLE TIER

Mini cupcake
Raspberry macaron sandwich
Chocolate chocolate cake
Fruit tart

BOTTOM TIER

Cucumber and dill cream cheese sandwich
Egg salad in a savory cone
A paprika smoked salmon sandwich on a pretzel croissant
A tart shell filled with dill cream cheese mozzarella, vine tomatoes and pesto

Hello Kitty Grand Cafe, Bow Room, Irvine Spectrum Center, afternoon tea, high tea, Jamie Allison Sanders, Hello Kitty
A Hello Kitty shaped cage of sweet and savory foods.

Hello Kitty Grand Cafe, Bow Room, Irvine Spectrum Center, afternoon tea, high tea, Jamie Allison Sanders, Hello Kitty
Tier after delicious Hello Kitty shaped tier!

Hello Kitty Grand Cafe, Bow Room, Irvine Spectrum Center, afternoon tea, high tea, Jamie Allison Sanders, Hello Kitty
All of these savory foods were beyond delicious. Look at that adorable egg salad cone!

Hello Kitty Grand Cafe, Bow Room, Irvine Spectrum Center, afternoon tea, high tea, Jamie Allison Sanders, Hello Kitty
If you can't tell, I was enjoying every single second of this experience.

Hello Kitty Grand Cafe, Bow Room, Irvine Spectrum Center, afternoon tea, high tea, Jamie Allison Sanders, Hello Kitty
I always love a petit four -- and when they're Hello Kitty themed? Sign me up!

There was honestly so much food that Erin and I couldn't believe our eyes. We gasped aloud when the cage came toward us! Everything is the perfect size -- not too big, not too small, just dainty and adorable. My standouts were the egg salad cone, the Hello Kitty mini cake and the salmon sandwich, although everything was completely delicious.

Hello Kitty Grand Cafe, Bow Room, Irvine Spectrum Center, afternoon tea, high tea, Jamie Allison Sanders, Hello Kitty
Hello Kitty lemon jelly palate cleansers.

Before you leave, you're given miniature Hello Kitty shaped lemon jellies to cleanse the palate. Just another adorable touch!

If you like Hello Kitty, I would definitely recommend a visit to the Hello Kitty Cafe -- it's a unique experience that you won't have anywhere else!

Hello Kitty Grand Cafe, Bow Room, Irvine Spectrum Center, afternoon tea, high tea, Jamie Allison Sanders, Hello Kitty
Enjoying a delightful afternoon at the Hello Kitty Cafe with Erin!

Afternoon tea is $55 per person, plus gratuity. For more information and to book a reservation, visit sanrio.com.

7 comments:

  1. OMG, that’s about the cutest tea I have ever seen! The food sounds delicious too. What a fun afternoon with a friend! I’d love to go!

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  2. The last time I was able to go to tea I was stuffed and didn't need anything more for another day. This is the cutest tea I've ever seen. I'd love to see something like this on a kid scale since I think my granddaughter would get a kick out of it. (She wouldn't eat though since she's so picky).

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  3. OMG everything is so cute! I need to go there some day. :)

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  4. What a fun experience to do with your bestie!

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  5. That is the cutest thing ever. My daughters would absolutely LOVE it.

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