Afternoon tea it’s all about indulgence. There is no need for us to sit down at 4pm and eat a meal made up of almost exclusively sugar and carbs. We don’t need to, we just want to. So, when making an afternoon tea to celebrate Balthazar London’s fifth birthday, Head Pastry Chef Régis Beauregard has looked back at all the cakes that he and his team have created in the last five years and he’s chosen the most popular, the ones that get a high five.
Of course, there’ll be scones with jam and lashings of Devonshire clotted cream and classic sandwiches including coronation chicken, egg mayonnaise, salmon, cucumber and a decadent lobster prawn roll. And then it’s time for the cakes, the cakes that will having you supposedly high fiving or more likely swatting your friend’s hands away so you can eat more. There’s a chocolate and hazelnut Golden Bombe with an ornate sugar spun 5; The Gooseberry O’clock makes a reappearance, a roulade of choux sponge infused with elderflower, homemade gooseberry compote and vanilla yogurt mousseline and The Queen of Tarts, The Union Macaroon (a salute to the flags of America and Britain) and The Balthazar Icon all make a return too.
There’ll be cocktails too, it is for a birthday after all, so if you don’t want to just drink tea then you can go for the Golden Fizz made from Veuve Clicquot rosé Champagne, Pinky vodka, Cocchi Rosa Aperitivo Americano, crystalised rose petals and a citrus twist. Your party bag? Not balloons or a piece of synthetic cake wrapped up in a napkin, but a homemade cannelés bordelaise.
So where does the Instagram part come in? You know that a stand of cake is going to get you the likes on your feed, but The Balthazar High Five Afternoon Tea goes next level; it’s served through a haze of dry ice, a mysterious swirl that gives way to your stand of sugar and carbs. Hashtags at the ready.