The Nel­lie of­fers an evening tea to die for

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE -

THE fa­mous af­ter­noon teas at the Mount Nel­son are ridicu­lously pop­u­lar. Un­der­stand­ably so. The spread of cakes, tarts and pas­tries is spec­tac­u­lar and quite ir­re­sistible.

There are two sit­tings ev­ery day, but it’s still not enough. Guests have been beg­ging for more and later in the day as well.

The Nel­lie has re­sponded by in­tro­duc­ing a new evening tea.

This could be called high tea, a term which usu­ally refers to the evening meal or din­ner of the Bri­tish work­ing class, typ­i­cally eaten be­tween 5 and 7pm. It would most likely con­sist of a hot dish, fol­lowed by cakes and bread, but­ter and jam.

Oc­ca­sion­ally there are cold cuts such as ham salad.

The term was first used around 1825 and “high” is used in the sense of well-ad­vanced (like high noon) to sig­nify that it was taken later in the day.

Its ori­gins have much to do with the di­vi­sion of classes and the con­ve­nient times for their meals.

That so­cial hi­er­ar­chy doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily come into play here, but as far as what is served this is to all in­tents and pur­poses a high tea, al­beit a posh one.

A se­lec­tion of savoury and sweet items are brought to the ta­ble on two- and three-tiered serv­ing stands, as op­posed to the af­ter­noon tea buf­fet, and can be taken in the con­ser­va­tory or out­side on the pa­tio.

The first wave in­cludes tomato and basil pesto tart in flaky but­tery pas­try, rare roast beef and mus­tard cia­batta, Welsh rarebit, lamb kofta wrap, bil­tong and droe­wors, cold meats, chicken liver paté, smoked salmon in but­ter let­tuce leaves, Mediter­ranean-style roasted veg­eta­bles with hum­mus, lo­cal cheeses with pick­les and a bas­ket of ar­ti­sanal breads.

Per­son­ally I am more of a salty than sweet per­son, but the “desserts” are divine – warm scones with but­ter, cream, and jam, fruit cake, choco­late mud cake, mini car­rot cake, baked cheese­cake, vanilla short­bread and eclairs, fruit tartlets and a sparkly straw­berry marsh­mal­low.

● The evening tea is served ev­ery day from 6 till 8.30pm, with a choice of teas and cof­fees, for R295 a per­son. The Bel­mond Mount Nel­son is at 76 Or­ange Street, Cape Town. For book­ings call 021 4831948 or e-mail restau­rantreser­va­tions.mnh@ bel­mond.com, although walk-ins are wel­come too.

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