I do love an Afternoon Tea, and was very excited to discover that there was an Indian inspired Afternoon Tea being served at Kona, called the Jasmine Afternoon Tea, at the stunning Taj 51 Buckingham Gate. I am really familiar with the Taj level of service having stayed at several Taj properties in India and so I knew I would be in for a treat!
I kicked off with a glass of bubbles whilst anticipating what would arrive. I felt really assured by the safety measures in place with regards to social distancing as well as the abundance of sanitisers everywhere. Staff were all wearing masks and were ever so lovely and charming.
First up was a salted caramel lassis with a really tasty chikki toffee crunch. I loved this and it was a nice take on the traditional lassi.
Then arrived the regal selection of savouries, sweet treats and scones served on exquisite platters. Let’s go through them all, starting with the savouries.
In lieu of the traditional finger sandwiches there was a duo of spiced pinwheel sandwiches; spiced creamed cheese & kachumbar in beetroot bread and curried egg mayo in sun-dried tomato bread. Both were really delicious.
I also loved the Spiced potato toast with fig chutney. The potato inside was soft and mashy and the exterior was lovely and firm, like a vada in vada pav. The fig chutney accompanied it perfectly.
There were also Chicken Tikka wraps which were sublime.
Saving the best of the savouries for last, the spiced paneer bhurjee puffs were a hit with us both and I loved the star shaped golden pastry. I could easily have eaten loads more of these but there was a lot more treats to get through! A really lovely variety with such fantastic flavours.
Scones are always a delight and this version is sensational. Pretty pink Gulabi Scones with Kismis and Almonds, served with homemade Alphonso Mango Compote and a Cinnamon Clotted Cream. I think that this wins as my favourite Scone pairings ever!
On the sweet treats platter we had a decadent selection of Gold Leaf Gulab Jamun Cheesecake,
Gajar Halwa Macaroons, Pistachio Crusted Fruit and Cardamon Flavoured Srikhand Tarts,
Short Glasses of Royal Saffron Rice Pudding and Chandni Foam, Chocolate Rasmalai Cups, and
Anglo Indian Rose de Cookies. A selection of Indian sweets fit for a Maharani!
My favourites from the sweet treats were the Gulab Jamun Cheesecake, Rasmalai Cups and the Saffron Rice Pudding.
As is expected with any Taj property, the service was brilliant and attentive throughout, and as you can see, you get a huge variety of food. We enjoyed this all whilst sipping on Masala Chai – the dream!
We absolutely loved it all and it would be the perfect indulgent treat to experience with your household or bubble, cosying up indoors with warm, spiced delicacies one afternoon.
With Diwali round the corner, it would also be a fab way to celebrate this year. Even better, why not pair it with a stay at the Taj! I would love to do that soon too as it’s got a wonderful central location and you can’t get better hospitality than the Taj!
The Jasmine Afternoon Tea costs £45 per person.
Find out more and book here: https://www.taj51buckinghamgate.co.uk/Fine-dining/Afternoon-tea/
My experience was complimentary but all views and photos are my own.