I originally planned to treat my mom in a fancy restaurant in Greenbelt 5 for Mother’s Day but we ended up in Raffles Makati for afternoon tea. I was a little bit apprehensive at first since the blog reviews for Writer’s Bar were pretty scarce. As we entered Raffles Makati mid afternoon, we knew we found a gem! Finally, there’s a new 5 star hotel in town which meets the grandeur of Manila Peninsula and Makati Shangrila.
Although not as huge as the lobby of other 5 star hotels, the lobby of Raffles Makati is cozy and very intimate. The staff who welcomed us in the door quickly led us to Writer’s Bar where we had a reservation for afternoon tea.
Writer’s Bar – The Ambiance
Elegance meets the library – this is how I will describe the ambiance of Writer’s Bar.
The over-sized oil paintings hanging in the white walls add to the boutique feel of Writer’s Bar. The man on the oil painting to the right looks like Jose Rizal. What do you think? 🙂
Just like Manila Peninsula, there’s live music played by the pianist during the afternoon tea but just in a more cozy setting.
The Afternoon Tea
The classic afternoon tea set in Writer’s Bar is good for two. Since we were 4 in the party, we ordered two classic afternoon tea sets hence the two platters of sandwiches in this photo. I really love the Turkey and smoked salmon sandwiches, they were really tasty!
I find the serving of Raffles’ afternoon tea to be relatively generous. The classic set comes with 5 pairs of sandwiches, 4 scones, 3 plate racks of pastries and 2 cups of free flowing premium tea or coffee. Here’s my Genmaicha premium tea and it’s taste and aroma was just like the Japanese green tea I bought from Japan last time.
Cappuccino for mom.
Scones with raspberry jam and cream.
And here’s the grand finale – the 3 layer rack of pastries. Love the tea infused macaroons, a must try!
The service was superb, everyone was polite and smiling. At one point, the man beside us accidentally left his smartphone in the table after bill out. The waiter immediately rushed to the lobby and handed over the smartphone to the customer. Truly fantastic and honest service!
The Bill and Overall Say of Asiatravelbug
I think the classic afternoon tea set in Writer’s Bar is very good value for money. Competitively priced at P995++ (USD24.50++) good for two people, with generous servings and a posh ambiance, Asiatravelbug strongly recommends the afternoon tea in Writer’s Bar especially when celebrating special occasions.
My mom and aunt went home extremely happy from the Raffles afternoon tea experience. I find the complimentary house drink for moms to be a very nice touch as part Mother’s Day. Not only that, my mom and aunt went home with complimentary fresh roses, a chocolate and deeply discounted spa vouchers. Thanks to Raffles for making sure moms are pampered on their special day! Indeed in Raffles, you get a lot more for a little more.