Warning overuse of alliteration in this review - sorry! It is a time honoured tradition for TeaseMaid to visit The Erawan Tea Rooms in Thailand - we go there every year after we have prayed and made offerings at the Erawan Shrine located just below the tea room. As we enter the tea room we are aware that we probably smell like a pair of hippies who have overdosed on joss sticks but it's something which can't be avoided, the shrine is the main reason for the visit. The tea room over looks the shrine so you can watch Bangkok come and go offering wai's as it bustles by whilst sipping tea and luxuriating under the aircon. All types of tea is served here (loose leaf of course) I opt for Darjeeling and a nibble of something savoury such as spicy pork served in lettuce or shrimp cakes. Mr B will always have a psychadelic bowl of a traditional thai dessert called lod thong ruam mit: strands of bean paste in warm coconut cream with chunks of ice beans and waterchestnuts. Tea is served in silver pots and food on plates which resemble lotus leaves.
The room is often visited by expats and well to do Thai ladies that lunch. The style is colonial with a 50's twist. The floor is darkest teak shined to perfection, black and white photographs adorn the walls and wooden shutters hang on the windows.
If you ever are in Bangkok take a special trip here, oh, and drop in by the shrine it's an assult on all the senses (in a nice way)