Wonder how many of you have actually had an afternoon tea like this one or even heard of it?. Of course we often have tea or coffee mid of the day but this one’s a little more than just coffee/tea. The afternoon tea concept is originally from Britain and is considered as a mini meal to stem the hunger for the night meal. Usually comes in a three tier arrangement. Here at the Lotus Lounge, Anantara The Palm you get treated to a selection of aromatic teas/coffees accompanied by finger cut sandwiches, clotted cream scones and desserts. The Afternoon tea package at Lotus Lounge is priced at Dhs 145 per person.
Lotus lounge is a Thai inspired venue. As soon as you enter the Lounge you notice the laughing buddha. It is said that if you make a wish and rub the tummy the of the laughing Buddha, it could come true. They believe in it and they encourage you to rub the belly of the Buddha before you exit from the Lounge. I love their balcony with a nice wide view of the Palm and the sea with Atlantis hotel standing tall at a distance.
Just before they bring you the afternoon tea they ask us our preferred drink. They have different types of tea(like green, white, oolong, black) and coffee selections. We requested to try the hot chocolate simply because it was made from Valrhona chocolate (a high grade luxury chocolate) but the french coffee was damn good that the hot chocolate got overshadowed. You could actually see those true vanilla beans in their French coffee.
In an English afternoon tea I look forward to the scones. Something that I often don’t see or eat otherwise. Scones here were really nice and soft. A little too moist that you need to handle it with care when you cut it. It came with clotted cream and jam as expected. There were two types of baked scones plain and raisin scones. These scones could easily fill you up which was light in the hand but heavy on the stomach.
Sandwiches consisted of grilled organic zucchini and sicilian red peppers, burrata cheese with tomato focaccia, classic egg mayonnaise with chives and vaciar on soft rolls, roast beef and rocket leaves on mini french baguette, scottish smoked salmon on pumpernickel bread, classic cream cheese and cucumber fingers, coronation chicken finger sandwich. Although not necessarily you need to like all of it but its nice to be tasting a little bit of different variety sandwiches.
Mini pastries found were coffee macaroon, exotic fruit tart, chocolate truffle cake, blueberry cheesecake and 24 carats opera cake. This tier was my favourite after the scones. From this section the one that stood out in particular was the 24 carats opera cake and the blueberry cheesecake.
Afternoon tea is not available everyday. Some good to know details about Lotus Lounge afternoon tea would be as below:
- Date: Saturday to Thursday
- Venue: Lotus Lounge
- Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
- Dress code: Smart casual
- Price: AED 145 per person, including tea and coffee
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