Thursday, October 15, 2015

Dubai lifestyle: Afternoon Tea at the Waldorf Astoria

If we're friends on any social media platform (self confessed social media whore right here) you'll know that my parents arrived in Dubai yesterday!  We have just been for Afternoon Tea at the Waldorf Astoria on the Palm Jumeirah so I thought I would put up a little post as I do love a bit of Afternoon Tea!

I chose this one after seeing a review on Time Out Dubai and only booked it yesterday.  We were the first to arrive but when we left at around 5pm every table was taken.

The Waldorf opened in March 2014 so is still a relatively new hotel in Dubai but it does feel so far away!  It's on the Palm Jumeirah on the East Crescent and it took us about 40 minutes to get there from our apartment-the Palm just seems to go on forever.  The hotel is large and airy but quiet-it's luxurious without being OTT and Afternoon Tea is in Peacock Alley, the lobby lounge.  There are large white sofas and plush cream carpets everywhere and a live pianist who was really good.

The Afternoon Tea starts with the tea trolley where one of waitresses talks you through the different teas available.  They're all TWG teas and mum and I went for creme caramel and dad, ever so traditional English Breakfast.

I absolutely loved the peacock feather table decorations-they're so vibrant and beautiful!

There are two versions of the tea available-a London Afternoon Tea and a Parisian Afternoon Tea.  The sandwiches and pastries differ on both but both are served with 4 buttery and crumbly scones and a bowl of fresh fruit salad.

Dad and I opted for the London version and mum the Parisian version.  The London sandwiches were smoked salmon, cucumber and chive, roasted chicken and air dried beef and mustard.  The Parisian sandwiches were goats cheese and olive, salted beef, crab salad and duck foie gras.

The scones were served with clotted cream, raspberry jam, orange jam and lemon curd.  As you can see we are cream then jam people!

The London pasties were a chocolate and pear mousse, strawberry tart, marbled chocolate cheesecake (yum!) and a lemon macaroon.

The Parisian pastries were a lemon Breton cake, chocolate millefeuille, a chocolate and lychee parfait and a salted caramel eclair.

The food was good and the service was attentive and friendly without being obtrusive.  We weren't offered any second helpings which is quite common here in Dubai to do so, however we left suitably full and the size of the afternoon tea was just right.  It was very traditional which I don't have a problem with but I do really like to see something unusual or unexpected-the afternoon tea at Raffles in Dubai for example is fashion themed and the pastries are just incredible-shaped like shoes and handbags and hats.  I also loved the Alice in Wonderland themed tea at the Sanderson in London.

It was my first time at the Waldorf Astoria in Dubai and I'd really like to go back and try Social restaurant by Heinz Beck because I have heard such good things.  There is still quite a lot of construction in that area but the grounds are large and seemed peaceful when we headed out onto the terrace.

I'll be back with a beauty post tomorrow but today was all about the cake!


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