This was a gifted meal.
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person who likes tea and cake at any time of the day and I have a particular preference for them served together between the hours of 2pm and 4pm. I love it when you can try an afternoon tea with a difference; I have tried a gentlemen’s afternoon tea before complete with mini pork pies and sausage rolls, one that included soup and another with mini ice cream cones. The afternoon tea at Buddha Bar Knightsbridge has a fantastic Asian theme and I was really looking forward to trying it.
After a glass of Prosecco, the savoury selection consisted of: hoisin duck steamed bun, tuna tartare on fennel bread, Vietnamese summer spring roll, crispy cod and prawn wonton. The sweets were: pistachio macaron, chilli chocolate mousse, passion fruit and mango tart, green tea cheesecake. We ordered some jasmine tea to enjoy with the desserts. The food comes on two plates rather than a cake stand which I quite liked as I meant I could see my friend over the table rather than having to peer around some porcelain.
I liked how light this was for an afternoon tea, I can find the bread and scones a bit too much sometimes. My favourite thing from the savoury plate was definitely the hoisin duck buns, I could have eaten them all day! It was nice to have two different dipping sauces to try too; one sweet chilli sauce and the other a shallot and herb sort of dressing. The Vietnamese summer roll was fresh and vibrant and the tuna tartare was delicious. I didn’t try the cod and prawn wonton (I can’t eat shellfish) but my friend said they were very nice.
My favourite pudding was the green tea cheesecake; quite subtle and very light. The chilli chocolate mousse was really nice; not too much chilli either. The pistachio macaron and passion fruit and mango tart were also lovely but the cheesecake was the stand out for me. All rounded off nicely with some fragrant jasmine tea. The afternoon tea at Buddha Bar is £25 per person. It was really easy to find (for a non-Londoner like me!) and the atmosphere was completely relaxed. There was no rush or hurry to finish anything and the staff were excellent, they even knocked us up some cucumber water after they heard us talking about it!
This meal was paid for by Buddha Bar. All opinions expressed and words are my own.