Sunday 29 August 2021

Superb indian inspired afternoon tea - Kona at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate London

 I said I wanted to try the Jasmine Indian afternoon tea at Kona Taj51 after having the Queen of Hearts one there.....and yesterday I did just that and it was even  better than I expected !!!!!!!!!!

It is priced at £45 each the same as the Queen of Hearts tea but if you buy a voucher from Buyagift when they have a discount you can save up to 25% . This is what i did as always on the look out for bargain and to save money!!!!

I took my husband as i knew my mum would not like the spicy food as she is a very plain food person. My hubby was very impressed with the grandeur of the hotel especially the lovely courtyard garden. 

We arrived about 15 minutes early and shown straight to our table for 2 in the corner of the room. We were the first to arrive for the 2pm seating. The table was laid differently to the Queen of Hearts theme tea with lovely gold sun shaped mirror plate charger and the china had gold on to match. 

The waitress handed us the menu and asked if we had any allergies. There were lots of different teas to choose from. My husband ordered his tea and I had a cappuccino . The menu sounded amazing 

Jasmine afternoon tea menu

First we was brought a small glass of salty caramel Lassi topped with a toffee crunch tasted delicious i could of easily had another one. The crunch stick was nice too. 

After this the waitress brought out 3 trays of food ......there was so much and it was presented lovely on gold trays and dishes. I could not wait to get stock in

The gold mitrrored tray had the savouries on and they consisted of  Darbari Sandwiches Spiced Creamed Cheese, Kachumbar Pinwheel in Beetroot Bread ,  Curried Egg Mayo Pinwheel in Sun-Dried Tomato Bread, Royal Namkeens Chicken Tikka Wrap, Spiced Paneer Bhurjee Puffs and Spiced Potato Toast with Fig Chutney. The pastry ones were still warm and we both liked the Paneer Bhurjee puff best followed by the Chicken Tikka wrap. All of them were lovely and we were offered more but declined as wanted room for the sweet cakes. 

We ordred more hot drinks before tucking into the Meetha Gulabi Scones with Kismis and Almonds, served with Homemade Alphonso Mango Compote, Cinnamon Clotted Cream. The scones were pink in colour and tasted of rose and almond different to the traditional scone and I enjoyed them very much. It was so nice to have mango compote and cinnamon clotted cream rather than just plain jam and cream. 

I was starting to feel full up now but still had a bit of room left for the tray of amazing looking cakes 

The gold leaf design tray had the following sweet desserts on Gold Leaf Gulab Jamun and Cheesecake ,Gajar Halwa Macaroons,Pistachio, Crusted Fruit and Cardamon Flavoured Srikhand Tart, Short Glasses of Royal Saffron Rice Pudding and Chandni Foam, Chocolate Rasmalai Cups, Anglo Indian Rose de Cookies. The attention to details was amazing, there was a white chocolate truffle chocolate on a stick in the rice pudding and little filled chocolate tea cup plus a lime segment that was made from while chocolate. It looked so life like my husband thought at first it was a real lime. I must also mention the star anise on the fruit tart was made from chocolate too

They were so different to your normal afternoon cakes and I enjoyed them very much.

 2 hours later and feeling extremely full we happily paid the service charge as the food and service had been excellent . We both enjoyed the whole experience and would defiantly go back.

Nearest Station : Victoria station - about 10 minute walk
Best bits : Excellent service and so unique amazing food . Also the amount of food we got for the price.
Worst bits : None
Value for money : Yes defiantly
would I go back? : Yes I would for both types of afternoon tea. 

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