Whatever type of afternoon tea you’re after, The UAE is truly blessed with a whole host of different options. Whether it be mini cucumber sandwiches that tickle your fancy or freshly baked scones, our beloved city is brimming with fancy places offering this age-old tradition.
Worried about the calories? Please don’t. Calories don’t count when everything is cut up into bite sized pieces.
Location: The Four Seasons DIFC
This venue ticks all the boxes for the ultimate afternoon tea…. With a difference. You see the Penrose Lounge Cafe have been very clever indeed and have created an afternoon tea full of delicate twists and turns making for a delightful change from the norm. Think savoury elements reminiscent of executive chef Matthew Dahlkemper’s childhood in the USA including the New York-style salmon bagel and Maine lobster rolls. And don’t get us started on the yummy desserts! We absolutely love the raspberry financier and chocolate marquis. Our suggestion? Pull up a seat on the outdoor terrace and enjoy the exceptional views of the iconic Burj Khalifa with a scone… Or 10!
Location: Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
As soon as you discover Shai Salon nestled within the gorgeous Four Seasons Resort Dubai you know you’re in for a treat. But don’t let the plush furnishings and soft background music fool you. This little spot is deadly serious when it comes to afternoon tea and packs one hell of a punch. With a quintessentially British experience with options such as the egg & cress sandwich, smoked salmon sandwich, traditional cakes (hello victoria sponge!), and a whole range of JING Teas on offer (80 varieties to be precise!), this is an afternoon tea you won’t forget in hurry.
Location: Taj Dubai
With panoramic views of Downtown Dubai, Byzantium in the ever so fancy Taj Dubai is the perfect spot for your slice of indulgent heaven. Offering guests special tea-creations served with an assortment of finger sandwiches, crisp salads, freshly baked scones, and petit fours you’ll have wished you’d worn your elasticated trousers. Just make sure to save room for the mini red velvet cupcakes and Valrhona chocolate cake… They are seriously naughty.
Location: The Palace, Downtown Dubai
Al Bayt offers the perfect blend of a traditional English afternoon tea combined with Arabian customs… Well, we are in Dubai, it would be rude not to include a date or 2! Delights include delectable finger sandwiches, scones with lashings of clotted cream, pastries and much more. Here’s some advice: don’t pig out too much on those roast beef sandwiches (because they’ll happily top you up until you pop) as there’ll be no space for the delicious carrot cake and crème brûlée!
Location: Viceroy Palm Jumeirah
Elevate, situated in the stunning Viceroy Palm Jumeirah with spectacular views of the Dubai Marina, JLT, and JBR comes into its own at high tea time, when the heavenliest sandwiches are precursors to some of Dubai’s best scones and pastries. As beautiful to look at as everything is to eat this afternoon tea is really quite something.
Go on, treat yourself and your favourite person to a sophisticated afternoon tea. Especially as all of these amazing places are available in your ENTERTAINER!
For now, only one delicate question known to ruffle countless of feathers remains. What should be applied first to those deliciously moreish fluffy scone – clotted cream or jam?