A couple of weeks before our trip I found that The Palm Court restaurant offers a vegan afternoon tea menu. I was thrilled that they would offer sandwiches, scones, and pastries that would be dairy free for me.
We were greeted at the hostess station and the staff brought us a regular and vegan menu. We opted for some Lavender Oolong Tea and both of us chose the vegan option. In addition to this we decided to go for a glass of bubbly (my favorite just happened to be their offering of Veuve Clicquot).
The sandwich offerings were a roasted tomato and basil, cucumber, asparagus, avocado, and a peanut butter and jelly. The tomato basil reminded me of summer and was my favorite item I ate at the tea. We received two scones each and they were fine but nothing memorable.
The "pastries" portion was sadly lacking. One of the most frustrating things in fine dining is when you say you have a dairy allergy or are vegan and the options are a salad, fruit, or sorbet. At the tea we received dried fruits, caramelized bananas, pate de fruits, raspberry sauce, a dry cookie, piece of chocolate and a mini shell filled with fruit. None of these items are a truly a pastry nor worth mentioning when compared to the non vegan options. I bake all the time and can whip up cakes, cookies, biscuits, etc that are dairy free, vegan and/or gluten free so why can't The Plaza?
I really found the value of the afternoon tea less than the vegan options delivered. I will say that other tables around us looked much more appetizing.