For those who like their afternoon teas with a distinctive twist on the quintessential British classic, you can’t go too far wrong at The Westbury Mayfair. Launched to coincide with the advent of the Year of the Rat and inspired by the beauty and the flavours of Asia, this new afternoon tea features a mouth-watering array of delicious delicacies, all of which showcase the signature culinary flair for which the hotel has become renowned.
In true tradition, guests are welcomed with two mandarin oranges, a symbol of wealth and prosperity for the coming year, before being served a selection of finger sandwiches, bursting with Oriental flavours (the smoked duck breast, hoisin sauce, spring onion and crispy shallot sarnies got our vote), as well as homemade scones with seasonal jam and clotted cream.
Other savoury treats include Tea Quail Eggs made with umami mayonnaise, dill and red shiso, which come beautifully presented in satisfyingly crunchy edible eggcups. Steamed Polo Bao buns are stylishly served with a special char siu (Chinese barbecue pork) filling concealed within.
Sweet treats include Pineapple Tart (consisting of butter pastry and pineapple jam, lovingly cocooned with 20-carat edible gold leaf), Mango Tart (cream cheese marshmallow, tonka pastry cream, mango mousse, yuzu and mango jelly), Mandarin & Chocolate Cake (chocolate rice cake, almond sponge, black tea mousse, mandarin marmalade and mandarin chocolate), and Pandan Puff (Pandan pastry cream, coconut, honeycomb and choux puff).
The crowning glory of the Afternoon Tea is, undoubtedly, the Matcha Mousse – which, believe us, your Insta grid didn’t know it needed! A chocolate Japanese garden is created from Matcha almond sponge, cunningly decorated with Match “moss” and chocolate and hazelnut “soil,” which supports an edible chocolate Bonsai tree. Divine! To cleanse the palate, choose from flutes of Champagne or an authentic Bubble Tea bursting with juicy citrus notes.
The Afternoon Tea Experience is available in The Westbury Mayfair’s Polo Bar from 12pm to 6pm on weekends. For more information, go to www.westburymayfair.com.