Saturday, March 16, 2013

Asian style afternoon tea

I got treated out today for being someone's girlfriend for two years. At first when my boyfriend said he was taking me out for afternoon tea my initial reaction was "Ooo tea, scones and cupcakes" but in actual fact he was taking me to an Asian inspired oriental afternoon tea at the Grand Imperial next to Victoria Station. When we stepped inside the restaurant it was so elegant and grand with its high ceilings, long draped curtains and a beautiful centre piece full of purple orchids.

Once we were seated we were provided with a choice of champagne or tea, we decided on the non alcoholic drinks and went for Jasmine and Oolong tea. Throughout our meal the waiters were so attentive and kept topping up our drinks, without us barely noticing them.

The Grand Imperial Afternoon Tea consisted of:
- Prawn and spinach dumpling, deep fried black cod roll, crispy chicken bun
- Crispy duck salad, mixed vegetable lettuce wrap
- Oven baked egg tart, mango and sago cream

This set us back £20 for two people with a discretionary service charge of 12.5%, which I thought was reasonable. The food wasn't heavy on the belly and filled me up right until dinner time. My favourite dish on the menu was the prawn and spinach dumpling, it was soft on the outside and the filling just melted in your mouth. I should have ordered extra on the side. The mango and sago cream was also equally as impressive, it was fresh and just finished the meal perfectly. I would recommend the afternoon tea at the Grand Imperial, for me next time I would love to try the dinner or lunch menu and see if it meets the same standard.

Me grinning with food happiness
Large white teapots
Prawn and spinach dumpling, deep fried black cod roll, crispy chicken bun
Crispy duck salad, mixed vegetable lettuce wrap
Oven baked egg tart, mango and sago cream
Inside the Grand Imperial

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