We recently indulged in Grande Roche Hotel’s latest offering, their Grande Afternoon Tea. Unlike usual high tea offerings, Chef Kevin Grobler has married new-world cuisine and treats with old-world sophistication and opulence. A feast and spectacle to remember for a while.
Walking up the grandeur pathway alongside a central water feature, you’ll very quickly get caught up in the magic of the Paarl Winelands. The big double doors to the heritage building open to the stylish, beautifully decorated restaurant space. On arrival, you’re welcomed with a flute sparkling wine (or sparkling grape juice if you’re so inclined) before being seated.
The Grande Afternoon Tea displays cascade with delicious eats that include Cold Cut Bruschetta, Seed Loaf Toasty with Tomato Cream Cheese and Marinated Tomatoes with Basil Pesto, Smoked Salmon and Sticky Rice with Cucumber Rolls and Pickled Red Onion. For something a bit more filling, there are also Grilled Onion Cups with Braised Beef Brisket and Mustard Seeds, as well as Glazed Pork belly, Pickled Cucumber. The sweet treats include Lemon Meringue, Vanilla Custard Slice, assorted Macarons, Chocolate Cake and Peanut Cremeux, as well as scones served with homemade jam, cheese and whipped cream.
To accompany the treats is a vast selection of TWG teas ranging from Black Tea, Green Tea, the familiar Earl Grey, Rooibos and Ceylon and an interesting selection of blends, including Emperor Sencha and Silver Moon tea. A range of coffee is available, too, for a necessary caffeine fix.
Editors’ choice: for the adventurous in tea selections, skip the traditional and try the Silver Moon tea blend. It’s a blend of green teas accented with a grand berry and vanilla bouquet. Suave, with just a hint of spice. A flavour sensation, one you wouldn’t expect from a staple like tea.
Reservations: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 021 863 5100. The Grande Afternoon Tea is available daily but with a 48-hour advance reservation notice and is served from 10am to 5pm.
Price: R445 per adult and R345 per child, which includes a glass of sparkling wine or grape juice, a selection of teas and coffees, and the full Afternoon Tea menu.