Rhodes in Residence – afternoon tea Wimbledon-style

Gary Rhodes over afternoon tea at Rhodes in Residence

Gary Rhodes over afternoon tea at Rhodes in Residence - sadly he wasn't able to join on this occasion ;)

Dubai; We’ve seen a whole host of Michelin star chefs descend on the UAE in the last few months – all for lunches and dinners. However we now have our first Michelin-starred afternoon tea in Dubai and all thanks goes to media darling Gary Rhodes. One can now partake in the quintessential British ritual at Rhodes in Residence in Grosvenor House’s Tower Two.

The invention of the afternoon tea dates back to the 1840′s and is widely credited to one of Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting, Anna Maria Stanhope 7th, the Duchess of Bedford, to appease her mid-afternoon hunger pans between lunch and dinner especially in the summer when dinner was served later around 9ish.

Rhodes in Residence is in fact the open-plan lobby lounge on the mezzanine level of Tower Two – may not sound that appealing but it’s in fact quite a cosy, compact number with faux fire and Union Jack cushions adding to the traditional Brit atmosphere. Pick a table or ensconce yourself in a sofa, whilst perusing the afternoon tea menu. You have three choices – a tiered afternoon tea stand with a choice of tea or coffee (AED 150), or upgrade to a glass of champers with Gosset (AED 250) or Taittinger Rosé (AED 275).

Sandwich selectionScones with strawberry jam and clotted cream

Sticking true to tradition, expect to start with finger sandwiches – cucumber and chive creme fraiche, quail’s egg cress and mayo, smoked salmon, lemon chicken and roast beef – all with the crusts chopped off as per tradition. May be a waste, but ever so decadent. Moving onto more savouries, we shared some divine mini Scotch eggs (with quail egg), salmon pâté cones and warm salmon croquettes dipped in hollandaise sauce, but note these dishes do change.

It’s then onto Gary’s light, fluffy and warm miniature scones – made famous as petit fours at his signature restaurant here, Mezzanine – served with strawberry jam and clotted cream. A host of cakes then dock up – warm raspberry buttered crumpets (FooDiva’s fave), Victoria sponge, chocolate muffins, lemon and blueberry cake and Dundee honey fruit cake – followed by the finale of a mini red berry Eton Mess, true to the original recipe. The menu features an extensive tea leaf selection including hard-to-find smokey Lapsang Souchong.

Tiered cake standEton Mess

Service was impeccably prompt and courteous, whilst our request for more scones was happily accommodated…at no extra charge. And guess what…just for Wimbledon season until July 8th, fresh strawberries and cream are included in the afternoon tea menu, whilst watching the tennis live.

Rhodes in Residence is located at Grosvenor House Tower Two, Dubai. Open daily from 7am to 1am with afternoon tea served between 3pm and 6pm. T; +971 4 3176000. Afternoon tea packages from AED 150 to AED 275.

Unlike the Duchess of Bedford, after indulging in this spread (photos here show tea for four :) ), I can guarantee you won’t have much of an appetite for dinner – in fact stick to a light lunch as well. I’ll sign off with a quote that resonates strongly with moi…“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” – Henry James, American-born writer and Anglophile (1843 – 1916).

Would you agree?

A bientôt.

FooDiva. x

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9 Responses to “Rhodes in Residence – afternoon tea Wimbledon-style”

  1. Melanie July 4, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I truly loved the tiny Eton Mess.

  2. Admirer July 4, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Done well, there is nothing better than a traditional British afternoon tea – however, many places get it badly wrong – good to see that Gary Rhodes and Grosvenor Hiuse are flying the British Flag very high…

  3. dave reeder July 4, 2012 at 11:17 am

    diva, you really should no better! it’s not a michelin-starred tea… no michelin stars yet in dubai and, despite the ubiquitous mistakes, stars are given to restaurants not to chefs. however, i do appreciate that ‘afternoon tea developed by gary rhodes, whose uk restaurants have garnered a host of michelin stars’ is a little more long-winded…

    • FooDiva July 4, 2012 at 11:32 am

      I know Mr Reeder…oops sorry Pro Chef…but why oh why do you insist on bringing this topic up every time ;) All in the name of compelling prose :)

  4. dave reeder July 4, 2012 at 11:42 am

    maybe because you’re so easy to tease…

  5. DNCW July 5, 2012 at 2:00 am

    Absolutely love afternoon tea, but i insist on having it with earl grey or english breakfast tea. On that note have just booked a table at the pret-à-portea in london’s berKeley for one of my next visits in september. Check out the site; foodiva would fit in perfectly, diva shoes included;)

  6. Stephanie July 15, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Hey thanks for this review. I found two more reviews of Rhodes Mezzanine here: http://www.yadig.com/AE/Dubai/Restaurants/Rhodes-Mezzanine-Dubai/2885

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