In the beginning, there was the burger…
As an introduction, I feel it’s important to mention that when it comes to food, I have three commandments that I live by:
1. Eat Cake
2. Eat Ice-Cream
3. Eat Burgers
hence why any food post on this blog will most likely be fundamentally based on one of the above. If you follow me on instagram, you probably didn’t need me to spell that out as a
small proportion of my ~1300 pics are of burgers, cakes and ice-cream. I mean…I only just realised this the other day. I’m that deeply entrenched in my own matrix. But really…if you cannot respect at least one of those commandments dont @ me, we will never see eye to eye, we can never be friends. I have spoken. Selah.
It’s been a minute and half since I wrote one of these posts, for the not so small fact I took an involuntary hiatus from Afternoon Tea, for what turned out to be over a year! As someone who loves cake, I don’t even know how I lived with myself.
The decision process
I was determined my comeback to afternoon tea could not be mediocre or normal. By that I mean I’ve had quite a few now, and some have been amazing, and others have been basic. Moreover I’d found a new resource (in addition to Travelzoo & various sites like Groupon and Wowcher) quite a while ago which could assist me in making better choice:
I was invited to the launch on 1st June 2013 to a new store in Angel Islington called Brew Box, specialising in Taiwanese bubble tea. I went never having had bubble tea before, and honestly most attempts by people prior to my visit to describe to me what bubble tea is were confusing/uninspiring. However, it meant I went with an open mind and genuine curiosity about this place I had heard so much about.
I don’t believe in waffling for the sake of it, so I’ll cut straight to the chase – it was a really great experience for a number of reasons:
1. I was treated with so much attentiveness by store co-owner Albert Yanit (below), and his staff, friends, and family, who with their genuine passion for the business of bubble tea, liveliness, and willingness to explain what several things I ate that I’d never tried before were, made me feel really welcome and quite honoured to be around them. The service was impeccable.
First and foremost, I’d just like to say I will be resuming my more current-affairs/opinion-based posts again after this temporary foray into more lifestyle-ish posts. I’m just thinking of topics that will encourage conversation, yet invite minimal stress into my life with that treasured section of society who love to challenge every opinion/thought to death. Ain’t nobody got time for that…but I’m still going to say what I have to say.
Over Bank Holiday weekend, I went to the World Food Festival at the Southbank Centre with friends (and as it happens fellow bloggers – check out their blogs A’ppetizer and Practical PKU). We each had different motives for going to the festival: admittedly I was pretty much there only to stuff my face and take some shots of pretty or unique looking food, A’ppetizer was there to look for some inspiration for the A’ppetizer hamper giveaway competition, and Practical PKU was there to find food that could be good for people who have PKU.
Anyway my intent with this post was not really to waffle on about it, more share some shots from the day. It was a really fun day out, full of trying lots of different foods, cider, cakes, buying, sampling, and falling in love with unique food products.
Here’s what the day looked like in pictures:-
No faffing around this time about the concept of afternoon tea versus the reality and where to get the deals. Y’all should know that by now. If perchance though you missed out on the last post, update yourself here.
Now to the nitty gritty.
Courtesy of Travelzoo, myself and a friend visited Momo restaurant this past weekend for a touch of Moroccan Afternoon Tea. I’ll admit I was marginally apprehensive due to my last recent experience of a less than impressive afternoon tea, and because I have no idea what Moroccan food is like. I am someone who is deeply hesitant about trying new food; in fact it almost has to be by force to get me to veer off my usual regimes. I thought to myself, if it includes things like Turkish Delight (to me that was a very reasonable assumption to make. Don’t judge me. I am actually fantastic at geography), I’m not going to like it. So that was my one prayer really going into the place – let there be no Turkish Delight.
Seems like that prayer reached the pearly gates. Read on after the pictures to get the review:
I have an
eeny weeny penchant for afternoon tea.
What’s afternoon tea? Well typically it’s available in the afternoons (although not strictly so), and consists of various different teas, cakes, and sandwiches, primary features being jam and scones. The name really plays up to the foreign stereotype of British people sitting in a comfortable setting, sipping tea out of fine china and speaking like the Queen. In real life, that couldn’t be farther from the truth – the tea is more likely to be PG tips or Tetley as opposed to Earl Grey, forget the cakes and sandwiches entirely, more like custard creams, Bourbons, digestives and maybe a chocolate hobnob if you’re feeling extra swish. It’s not even called afternoon tea, it’s like a daytime snack. Right?
Anyway, my growing love for it basically got kickstarted after I attended my first ever afternoon tea for a good friend’s Hen do at the Radisson Blu Edwardian just off Leicester Square in 2012. Father God. Fam. Mate. You know when you see the light when you never knew you were in darkness before? It was like that. I’m not going to bother trying describe it. The nigh transcendent experience is best shown through some of the pictures I took at the time – Click here to see the link to them on my Tumblr. That afternoon tea has set the bar ever since in myself and friends’ quests to find the best places to have it in London. Consequently, in this journey to find the best bouji afternoon tea spots, I thought I might as well share with y’all our judgements and reviews.
Keep reading to find out how Thistle Hyde Park matched up.