It was a perfect sunny Saturday afternoon in Dubai, which was much welcome after a few weeks of grey skies and rain.
With our schedules open Mr. Z and I decided to head out to a spur of the moment afternoon tea at The Palace, downtown Dubai.
With all the afternoon teas we have sampled in Dubai I found it rather funny that we hadn’t made it to The Palace before as it is relatively close to our apartment; besides it also being one of the most prominent locations in Dubai under the shadow of the Burj Khalifa.
Just check out how photogenic their entryway is.
What I Wore:
Top BCBG // White Jeans Abercrombie&Fitch // Heels Louboutins // Purse Chanel
But now time for tea.
The Palace afternoon tea is unlike any of the others I have experienced in Dubai (if you follow my blog you will know I have sampled quite a few).
The first and biggest difference at The Palace is the sandwiches and cakes are not presented on the iconic three tier stand but instead presented in a beautiful open buffet style.
The second biggest difference (and one that I really appreciated) was that you were welcome to switch between beverages throughout the afternoon.
If you are familiar with Dubai afternoon teas then you would know once you have selected your tea or coffee then that is the only beverage you can have refilled throughout the experience and it will come at an extra charge should you decided you want to switch beverages. But what if I want to try a different tea? Or if I want to try something new but I’m afraid I won’t like it? At most afternoon teas, you’re stuck and end up having to play it safe. Not at the Palace!
With all this exciting news The Palace was quickly earning major brownie points in my afternoon tea book.
Would you just look at that beautiful spread.
I swooned over the pastel flowers arranged between the sweet and savory assortment as we were shown to our table.
Taking our seats we were given a welcome drink of sweet cold lemon mint juice to start our afternoon.
Trying to stick with the traditional tiers of afternoon tea nibbles I started with a plate of sandwiches.
Salmon, tuna, cheese, coronation chicken.. everything in perfect bite size portions.
Mr. Z and I chatted away agreeing that attending this afternoon was a very good idea when our tea arrived.
I had decided on a special green tea blend named Weekend in Dubai while Mr. Z decided on a Christmas Red, but was advised to switch to Arabian Red, a popular choice. He loved both.
Next were the hot foods, along with a few more sandwiches of course.
Next to the scones under hot lamps they had these tasty little blue cheese quiche – that pretty litte guy front and center in the picture above.
I’m definately not normally a fan of blue cheese but when it has been baked and the harsh edge taken off it makes for a very delicious and savory treat.
Taking my lead on the hot dishes Mr. Z filled his plate not only with quiche but also yorkshire pudding and savory muffins-which ended up being a bit of a miss.
I know, I know how could you skip scones at an afternoon tea but to be honest they didn’t look all that appealing compared to the sandwiches and savory foods I had just eaten.
Mr. Z did eat a few but again to be honest with you the amount of clotted cream and strawberry jams he drowned them in was anything but photogenic (sorry Z). Thus I have no photos to share with though I think I can make it up to you by showing you what they had on offer for dessert.
Keep in mind this is just a small sample and yes, it did all taste as good as it looked.
Fresh whipped cream with the sweetest strawberries, New York cheese cake, the most incredibly delicious dark cherry parfait EVER, rich chocolate cake and vanilla cream with fresh raspberries on top (and again this is only what I decided to try, there was a whole lot more).
Yum, yum yum yum.
All whilst enjoying the live violinist who truly set the ambiance for this lovely afternoon.
With the sun starting to turn to golden red we ended our evening on the terrace with one last pot of tea.
…..And maybe a few extra cheeky sandwiches.
We lounged in the big lazy chairs looking out over the pool and enjoying the last few hours of the weekend before it was time to head home.
The Palace’s afternoon tea is definitely worth a go and comes in at one of the more reasonably priced afternoons in Dubai.
For me, I couldn’t think of a more wonderful way to end the weekend with handsome Mr. Z.
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