I am no novice when it comes to afternoon tea. I like eating freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam, little finger sandwiches, and petit fours. To me, afternoon tea is a nice way to pass time with friends while enjoying a leisurely and light fare. And lucky for me, my husband does not mind joining me for afternoon tea.
Though there are several places to have afternoon tea on the island, I appreciate that this one honors the monarchy of Hawaii. It’s nice to have an afternoon tea place that is not in a plush hotel or overly-decorated with old floral designs.
Its owners know more than a thing or two about afternoon tea. Shakkel and Liza Yunis (who has a Tea Masterclass Certificate from the UK) moved from London to Hawaii just several months ago. The grand opening of the Monarch Tea Room happened just last month, in June.
The Monarch Team room is tucked away in the back of Na Mea Hawaii/Native Books at Ward Warehouse. Pictures of the monarchs of Hawaii adorn the walls, along with a display of antique teapots and other vintage items.
A musician in the bookstore playing classic Hawaiian songs also added to the ambience at our afternoon tea experience today.
The experience started off with choosing our own teas, which Liza let us smell from the jars at the entrance of the tea room. The large selection of fragrant teas is sourced worldwide, with Nepalese sencha, yuzu oolong, watermelon xylophone, cantaloupe & cream to name a few. I had the champagne & rose while Coty had the lychee oolong.
Our plates looked quite royal with a gold design.
The bottom tier with the savories: spicy lilikoi chicken with coriander finger sandwiches; cracker with salmon, cream cheese, and sea asparagus; bacon muffin stuffed with cream and Hawaiian pepper jelly; and asparagus with goat cheese tartlet. Next time, I think I’ll order more savories ala carte. They were all delicious! There was also a petite salad of mixed greens, cucumber, grilled chicken, tomatoes, with caper dressing.
The middle tier: a scone with Devon cream, lemon curd, and preserves.
The top tier: mini coconut cupcake, strawberry and guava macaron, and chocolate brownie.
The next time you’re in the mood for afternoon tea, visit The Monarch Tea Room. The food is delicious and the owners are very pleasant. The Monarch Team room can seat up to 26 people, making it a cozy spot to host private functions such as bridal showers or parties. I recommend calling ahead for reservations.
The Monarch Tea Room
1050 Ala Moana Blvd, Suite 1000
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: 808-382-6118 or 808-330-8853