Hotels turn over a new leaf with tea tasting menus
Monday 09 May 2011
Tea, for so long a classic mid-afternoon accompaniment, has been firmly put on the menu this summer by the Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, the latest hotel to introduce a wine-tasting inspired tea menu.
The hotel has created a Tea & Dine experience at its Chinese restaurant Jiang-Nan Chun, allowing guests to tuck into traditional Cantonese fare accompanied by a perfect range of teas.
The lunch package, which starts at SGD 50 (€28) per person for five courses, includes Kurobuta pork with jasmine pearl tea or stir-fried phoenix prawn with longjing tea.
Those splashing out on the SGD 98 (€55) luxury dinner can expect six courses including baked lamb chop with golden phoenix tea and steamed bai ling mushroom and seafood with rain flower tea.
Tea & Dine runs through October 31 at the Four Seasons Singapore and booking is recommended. If you're not near Singapore, there's a growing chance that hotels in other areas will also offer some sort of tea tasting.
London's five-star Royal Garden Hotel offers a Dim Sum Chinese Tea menu on weekday lunchtimes from £25 (€28) per person, complete with impressive views of London's skyline from the tenth-floor vantage point of its Chinese restaurant.
Also in London, Guoman Hotels Grand Imperial London offers Oriental Afternoon Tea, pairing snacks such as fresh black cod rolls, wrapped in Kataifi pastry and Char Sui Bao, chicken and duck wraps and chocolate dim sum with an extensive selection of teas.
At the Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers, tea sommelier Cynthia Gold serves an afternoon menu of tea-inspired delicacies in the Pairings Restaurant and even wrote a book called " Culinary Tea" about the use of tea in menus, featuring over 150 recipes featuring tea from around the world.
In Thailand, the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi features a 'Fujian', a restaurant which lives up to its tea-inspired name by serving an extensive tea tasting menu paired with Chinese cooking.
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