High tea

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pop­u­larise it as a recre­ational drink, which then caught on in other East In­dian coun­tries and Europe.

The menu came with sev­eral op­tions: 1837 White Tea, Lung Ching, Jas­mine Pearls, Sil­ver Moon, French Earl Grey, 1837 Black Tea and Red of Africa. Each op­tion is ac­com­pa­nied by a brief de­scrip­tion. And you can try them all, if you want.

Par­tial to Earl Grey, I grav­i­tated to­wards my clos­est op­tion while my friend, who isn’t a tea drinker, opted for a fruit juice in­stead.

Spoilt for choice we were, with the savoury to sweet op­tions placed be­fore us. The spread com­prised spinach and feta as well as smoked salmon and broc­coli quiches.

The treats are brought to you on a three-tier stand.

The dessert op­tions – opera cake with gold leaf, or­ange pos­set with sil­ver moon foam, white choco­late and rasp­berry jelly, beet­root and rooi­bos cake with lemon frost­ing and a sugar cin­na­mon dough­nut with Earl Grey creme and honey comb – were at the top. I sam­pled sev­eral of them. My friend and I were sold on the dough­nut, though.

Tier two was laden with a mix of savoury and sweet scones. Both were baked to per­fec­tion, tasted de­li­cious and boasted that per­fect golden crum­ble.

The bot­tom sec­tion was filled with a mix of sand­wiches on fresh cros­tini. The op­tions were: smoked salmon with horse­rad­ish cream, whipped brie and sun­dried tomato as well as roast beef.

To say that we were com­pletely stuffed when we left is an un­der­state­ment. But we man­aged to exit as grace­fully as we ar­rived… un­til we got into the car where gar­ments had to be loos­ened a tad.

Now I un­der­stand what all the fuss is about when it comes to hav­ing high tea at Level Four. The per­son­alised touch makes guests feel spe­cial. The staff are most pleas­ant.

My only sug­ges­tion would be for the wait­ers to clear the plates more of­ten – I hate eat­ing off a messy plate, es­pe­cially when try­ing out dif­fer­ent treats.

That said, the high tea here is an ideal way to cel­e­brate a spe­cial oc­ca­sion or to sim­ply bond with fam­ily, friends or both!

R290 for the Tra­di­tional Tea.

R360 for the Royal Tea – this in­cludes a Kir Royale cock­tail

R420 for the Bub­bles Tea – this is a new of­fer­ing and in­cludes a glass of PJ Brut Cham­pagne.

Af­ter­noon tea is served from 2.30pm to 5pm, Mon­day to Sun­day.

Pic­ture: De­bashine Thangevelo

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