While tea service is steep at $39 per person, it’s a great way to wile away a lunchtime or early afternoon. We like the nice selection of teas, particularly the flowering balls: rainbow jasmine, yellow peach, seven jasmine fairies, white jasmine, and jasmine red.
The sweets, breads and sandwiches that come (and keep coming until you say “stop”) are adorable, like the earl grey and chocolate truffle cupcake, rabbit pate with pickled beets and spiced butter on a petite baguette, and grape and onion chutney with gorgonzola on rosemary focaccia. They’re not stellar, but they’re good, fun and cute—and you can stuff yourself silly on them.
And tea service ain’t just for the girls. Guys, don’t be afraid to sip tea and eat the dainty goodies. Didn’t most of us play house as kids? This is a grown-up version, though you can also get kid sandwiches with the crust already removed. (We liked the peanut butter and pomegranate jelly better than the ham and cheese.)
Grab a newspaper, read a book, play cards, chat with a companion, or just sit back and relax on one of the comfortable couches. Stay long enough, and you might just slide into their happy hour service—another chance to kick back and relax.
Cross-posted on Seattlest, where “we” = me.
UPDATE (1/17/09): Arctic Club Hotel is also home to JUNO. I like what I saw there, but am saddened to report that as the property looks to affiliate with a major hotel company (and no longer aspire to a four-star AAA rating), the restaurant will slide from fine dining to more casual dining. I await what’s next…