Afternoon tea with delectable sandwiches, petit fours, macaroons and scones with cream and jam served on a dainty stack has to be about the best meal of the day. It’s not often we treat ourselves to such an indulgence but why not? At only R80 for the Cape Grace Afternoon Tea in Cape Town’s picturesque Waterfront, it’s an affordable weekly pleasure.
Here’s what you can look forward to at Afternoon Tea:
Savouries: Salmon and cream cheese circle, egg mayonnaise slice and the ubiquitous cucumber sandwich, crustless of course.
Petite Sweets: Black cherry and poppy seed and banoffee macaroons, lavender and chocolate mini meringue, pink-iced petit four and a light as a feather buttermilk and chocolate mousse with tangy passion fruit centre.
Scones: Herby mustard seed and cheddar-topped scone and a traditional plain sweet scone with butter, jam, cream and finely grated mature cheddar.
Tea: With advice from Tea Master, Mingwei of Nigiro Teas, eight special teas are offered. They range from Ceylon, famous for its sweet woodiness to the classic Early Grey accented with bergamot and a beautiful red strawberry and kiwi infusion that’s good enough to eat. Really! Once the fruit has re-hydrated in the water it tastes so delicious, you could add them to your breakfast muesli. Don’t believe me? Come and try it!
Sparkling extra high tea ideas:
Make it more of a celebration with Cape Grace’s Deluxe Afternoon Tea with a glass of sparkling wine thrown in at R125. Cream Tea with scones is R65 and a slice of home-made cake is R40. Once you taste a Cape Grace Afternoon Tea, I know you will agree with Henry James, “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as Afternoon Tea.”