The Rotunda 150 Stockton St./Geary St., in Neiman Marcus, on Union Square, (415) 249-2720 x2465. L & aft. tea daily; $$$, tea $45-$60. Sun-W 11-4, Thur-Sat 11-5. Reservations advised.
|ground floor of Neiman Marcus in San Francisco|
|stained-glass dome at Neiman Marcus in San Francisco|
|The Rotunda tea room at Neiman Marcus in San Francisco|
|view of Union Square from The Rotunda tea room at Neiman Marcus in San Francisco|
Tea is a choice of black, green, or herbal varieties, and it does change. My dining partner opted for a lovely Jardin Bleu blend with Indian and Chinese leaves flavored with rhubarb and wild strawberry and accented with blue cornflower petals, while I minimized my caffeine intake and chose a pleasant chamomile. Each is presented in a small personal teapot, with the leaves brewing in a strainer in the top--a disappointment since I am fond of loose-leaf tea floating around freely in the water and the use of a strainer to collect the leaves as I pour the fragrant brew into my cup. The serviceware is white--also not my cup of tea since I prefer floral and fussy. Service beings with a petite cup of chicken consume and a fresh-from-the-oven popover with a side of strawberry butter.
|popover and consume at The Rotunda tea room at Neiman Marcus in San Francisco|
The full tea includes a variety of finger sandwiches (we especially liked the chicken salad), a cylindrical prosciutto-wrapped fig, tarts of chocolate and red velvet, cookies, and, of course, scrumptious scones upon which we slathered lemon curd, raspeberry jam, and whipped cream. The option to add in a glass of Gloria Ferrer Brut or Etoile Brut Rosé is a good one, and it heightens the elegance of the experience. Lunch selections include the renowned NM Chicken Salad plus a lobster club and burger, and cocktail service is available.
|tiered tea tray at The Rotunda tea room at Neiman Marcus in San Francisco|
|plate of tea-time treats at The Rotunda tea room at Neiman Marcus in San Francisco|
Do allow time before or after to browse the beautifully curated collection of goods in this elegant department store.
|clothing display at Neiman Marcus in San Francisco|
|tableware display at Neiman Marcus in San Francisco|
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