What: Dry Martini’s first Afternoon Tea, Mar-Tea-Ni, which features a selection of specialist teas from JING Tea not available anywhere else.
New? The Mar-Tea-Ni afternoon tea was created for National Tea Day on the 21st April 2017.
Where? Meliá White House, Albany Street, Marylebone, NW1 3UP www.drymartiniorg.com
On the Menu: Savouries include aubergine on tomato brioche, lamb and mint on charcoal toast and pork and pickle on white sourdough. Mixing things up a little, Dry Martini will offer lavender, green tea, fruit and plain scones plus a chocolate Martini mousse éclair, mango cheesecake, raspberry dome and chocolate and vanilla gateau.
First Impressions: Part of the Melia hotel group, Meliá White House, has a bright and glamorous reception area which is a stark contrast to Dry Martini which is noticeably darker.
The Look: The room has an Art Deco style to it with the sofas providing bright pops of colour, each a different shade of the rainbow, in the otherwise black room. High ceilings and the large space prevent the room from feeling claustrophobic even without any natural light.
What We Ate: While the vegetarian offering of an essentially aubergine burger complete with a touch of mayonnaise was nice enough, the salmon on rye bread was an easy winner. The scones were bitesize and came with jam and clotted cream in miniature martini glasses which was a well-themed touch. The exciting part of every afternoon tea is always the cakes and the selection for the Mar-Tea-Ni was no exception. The mango cheesecake had a great spongey texture while the éclair was topped with a very generous, thick cream and filled with a delicious chocolate ganache. The raspberry dome is actually more of a log shape filled with a delightful sweet mousse.
What We Drank: Dry Martini has partnered with JING Tea to serve several exclusive blends including blackcurrant and hibiscus, organic jade sword, white peony and chai. You can upgrade your tea to include cocktails or Champagne; the blackcurrant and hibiscus has a sweet yet slightly floral taste to it, while the Caribbean Crush transports you to a tropical paradise.
Go With: With low lighting and a generous drinks offering this is a great date location or somewhere to catch up with an old friend.
Final Word: Although not wildly disappointing, the savoury section was lacking a little excitement especially given the high standard of the cakes and pastries where each creation looked like a work of art with clear care and execution taken in the presentation.
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Dry Martini: Meliá White House, Albany Street, NW1 3UP www.drymartiniorg.com