A couple of weeks ago, we posted pictures on Instagram from our afternoon tea experience at The Champagne and Tea Lounge, DUKES Dubai. Mr. K. described it as the best afternoon tea we have had in Dubai; I couldn’t agree more.
Ambience: The ambience is okay; not as fancy as the typical afternoon or high tea rooms that we are used to, no harpist or pianist, I don’t even remember hearing any music 😦 . It was also devoid of huge floral displays which we absolutely love, à la Palm Court at The Langham in London or Al Bayt at Palace Downtown, Dubai.
The china was also not fancy so I guess the understatement may be deliberate.
The table was a tad small and cramped for 4 people but the food, tea and service made up for what was lacking in ambience.
Food: The sandwiches were lovely and we had the usual smoked salmon and cream cheese, cucumber and also egg salad sandwiches. We got sandwich refills (trust me, this is a big deal as we’ve been to other afternoon teas where they don’t offer refills of even the tea). The scones were nice and warm and the texture was absolutely divine.
We found some of the sweets a tad too sweet, the meringue especially. Other than that, everything was great. As it was during the Christmas holidays, mince pies were included as part of the offerings. We are typically not fans of mince pies but we became converts when we tasted theirs; the pastry was crisp and not heavy or chunky like shop-bought ones and the taste of the filling delicious and not overpowering.
They have an amazing selection of teas and we absolutely loved the one called Celebration. We had the Happy Forest (which is a fruit infusion), the Lapsang Souchong and one with Saffron (I don’t remember the name). We got a complimentary birthday dessert as it was my sister’s birthday and we also had fun Christmas crackers on the table.
Service: The service was 5 star. From the moment we called to make reservations, the staff were attentive and asked about allergies and if there was a celebration. They were knowledgeable on the teas, always had a smile and were very happy to offer us refills on the sandwiches, sweets and scones.
Pricing: The London Afternoon Tea (no champagne) costs AED 170 per person. Psssst: they accept Entertainer, so you can get 2 for the price of 1.
Scores: We give The Champagne and Tea Lounge a deserving 8.5 out of 10 (Mr. K. does the grading as always) and we highly recommend it.
Location: The Champagne and Tea Lounge is located at DUKES Dubai, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai.