Since I first caught wind of the formality of ‘High Tea’ I have always wanted to experience it. I like to imagine myself as one of the royal gals, having my fine friends over for a cup of tea and a nibble ’round 4pm in order to get me through to dinner time. To be honest, any excuse to have miniature versions of an array of sweet gems washed down with a pot of great tea…
Held in the beautifully decorated Vista Bar and Lounge with the sweet sounds of Acoustic Element (the musical duo is bursting with talent) carrying you through your sugar-ephoria, High Tea at the One & Only in Cape Town is nothing but a treat. There is of course a savoury side to the afternoon, a selection ranging from cucumber sandwhiches to bobotie tartlets, that I won’t fail to mention. But truthfully, I was there for the table laden with French pâtisserie-style treats made by the talented Kyle Hickman and his team.
The die-hard tea fan will be delighted by the variety of fine teas they have to offer; rooibos and ceylon being included in the price and the more exotic Japanese, spicy Rooibos blends and blooming teas coming at an additional cost. I had a Green tea blended with cherry and rose, which I enjoyed for it’s florally notes but unfortunately I let it steep too long and it was tad bitter. My mother however, had a gorgeous Rooibos blend with orange, cardamom and cinnamon that I’d recommend!
Some of our sweet favourites:
- Milk Tart Macarons
- Canelés (try our chocolate version)
- Baked Mini Cheesecake
- Fruit Bretton
- Caramel Éclair
- Peanut Butter Cookies
- Almond Meringues
If you ever treat yourself to High Tea at the One & Only let me know what you thought. Otherwise, if you have any suggestions on other places that do a killer high tea, leave a comment below