hear read something ironic? I lived in England for 8 years yet went for my first “high tea” in Mumbai. I’m kicking myself now, but I guess after walking by places like the Ritz and Fortnum & Mason on a daily basis, the novelty kinda wore off. Call me low-maintenance but I was perfectly content dunking McVitie’s Rich Tea biscuits in my homemade cup of Tetley English Breakfast.
Well between being homesick for London, intrigued by the High Tea offering at The Table (a.k.a. one of my favorite restaurants here), and just wanting to do something out of the ordinary, I finally saw what it’s all about on Saturday.
For tea, The Table serves exactly what you’d imagine: cute finger sandwiches, light pastries, and scones with clotted cream & jam. Actually I lie, they serve more. In addition to tea, coffee & hot chocolate as beverages, champagne was also an option (#ballin’ ;)). The menu was extensive, yet not overwhelming, and we could choose a few from each category:
- Chocolate Profiterole with Vanilla Cream
- Almond Financier
- Fruit Tartlet
- With Strawberry Jam, Lemon Curd & Cream
- Cucumber Sandwich with Cream Cheese on White Bread
- Kalamata Olive Sandwich on Wheat Bread
- Truffled Egg Salad Sandwich on White Bread
- Sundried Tomato & Goat Cheese Sandwich on Wheat Bread
- Smoked Salmon with Dill Cream on Wheat Bread
- Serrano Ham & Basil Pesto on White Bread
I’d be lying if I said that a part of me didn’t feel like a character in Downton Abbey as I sipped from my teacup….too bad Lord Grantham was nowhere to be seen ;). We made sure we went hungry and fortunately everything tasted even better than they sound. My favorites were the Almond Financier & Sundried Tomato & Goat Cheese sandwich. Poor service can really make or break a meal, but luckily our waiter was more than attentive and was happy to make changes: i.e. less pastries in favor of more scones.
I love my Chai Tea Lattes & Iced Americanos from Starbucks but in terms of sophistication and a civilized outing, High Tea cannot be beat. For those of you in Mumbai or who ever plan to visit, I would definitely recommend trying out High Tea at The Table. If their lunch & dinner offerings weren’t enough to go by, this just confirms that they knows what they’re talking about when it comes to food.
Ever gone for High Tea?