29 March 2015

balthazar fashion tea

F O O D & P L A C E S ||

The post title might have given it away a little bit but this weekend I finally got the chance to sip on some of that famous Balthazar high tea. Real fancy, I know. It was miss Lara's birthday so why not - it is her favourite pastime after all, though we probably didn't need that as an excuse. We both share a love for this super british activity and we are also into #fashun, so this seemed like the perfect spot for us to catch up and celebrate another year of [her] getting older! I think this tea was launched around LFW time and has been created by the wonderfully colourful and creative English fashion designer Matthew Williamson, making the standard afternoon tea that much more glam. This tea is exclusive to Balthazar and each bespoke cake is inspired by the floral and soft colours of the designer's S/S 2015 collection. The Matthew Williamson Afternoon Tea is on the pricey side but definitely worth it for a special occasion; it's around until 1st May so you still have time to check it out.

W H E R E //

Balthazar, 4-6 Russell Street London WC2B 5HZ

O N T H E M E N U //

cucumber, mint & cream cheese
smoked salmon & black petter
crab, tarragon mayo & lemon juice
smoked chicken & apricot
egg mayo & mustard cress

plain scones
raisin scones
strawberry jam & clotted cream

Matthew Williamson cakes:
strawberry trifle
pistachio & kirsch macaroon
pecan praline millefeuille
black forest gateau
vanilla cheesecake with raspberry jelly & white chocolate

you can have this with a Chasing Rainbows cocktail but we opted for the classic menu [£25 / person]

V E R D I C T // 

I really enjoyed this afternoon tea. The sandwiches were classic but with a tasty twist - really liked the crab and the smoked chicken. The Matthew Williamson bespoke cakes were something special as well, there was so much detail and you can't help but appreciate the effort put into the creation of each one. For me, the prettiest was the trifle which had a sugared butterfly but my favourite was the millefeuille which was just super tasty. I opted to compliment everything with Darjeeling tea [they ran out of Assam?!].

G U E S T R E V I E W //

Aesthetically the restaurant is beautiful.  I was instantly transported into the 1920s with its art deco theme, from the sophisticated bar area with the wall of wine bottles to the stunning black and white mosaic floor.  Really reminded me of classic films such as The Great Gatsby and Bugsy Malone.  Even the champagne glasses were reminiscent of the time.  Lovely service too – not too negligent and not too in your face either which was nice.

In terms of the tea itself, the sandwiches were great.  I particularly enjoyed the twist on the classic cucumber sandwich with the added mint and cream cheese – yummy! The cakes were also on point – beautifully presented to a very high standard in my opinion – very Matthew Williamson with the bright colours, very delightful.  They also tasted as amazing as they looked! Can’t really pick a favourite.  The scones for me were average – a tad dry but I’m just being picky, once you added the jam and clotted cream they were nice.

Extra bonus points: loved the L’Occitane products in the toilets, and the journey to the toilets was a delight! I’m not even joking, the marble staircase and the floor gets extra brownie points from me!

I've got to agree with Lara - Balthazar's floor game is really strong. The tiling is beautiful throughout and the whole ambiance does really transport you into a different time and place. You could easily forget that you're in the middle of London. The staff were really attentive, though you could tell they were pretty rushed off their feet. If you do decide to go, I would highly recommend booking in advance as I hear they get booked up quickly for brunch and afternoon tea. I didn't actually get a picture of the Balthazar building itself [it's quite majestic] so will now leave you with some funky architecture we found in Covent Garden and miss Lara hanging out in some pretty snazzy foliage arches!

hope you've all had a lovely weekend
mine was filled with particularly good food so watch out for another review!


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