All of life’s solutions are in a tea bag. So let’s get em all, one tea bag at a time!
Tea, Sea and a Boat: Abra afternoon tea, Madinat Jumeirah
Watch the sun, set over the Arabian Gulf while sipping a welcome drink in an Abra. The two-hour-long abra ride which will sail the canals of the Madinat Jumeirah will give you enough options to choose from an array of sweet and savory treats, soft drinks and of course, tea. Relax, watch the sun go down and allow the tea to make everything just right.
Madinat Jumeirah, Al Sufouh, Dubai, Dhs750 for two, 4 pm to 6 pm, Tel: (04) 3668888. www.jumeirah.com.
Fancy an English Tea: Partea, Dukes Dubai
Enjoy a typical British afternoon with the Par-Tea brunch in the third-floor tea lounge at Dukes Dubai. Take your pick from the tiered tower stacked with finger sandwiches, mini savories, and puff pastries. And how can an English tea affair be over without sweets? Have yourself everything from Battenbergs and lemon meringue pie to red velvet cake and pint-size creme brulee. Hot scones, fresh from the oven finish off the afternoon. Pinkies up!
Dukes Dubai, Oceana Complex, Palm Jumeirah, Saturdays 2 pm to 6 pm, Dhs195 soft, Dhs240 with one glass of sparkling, Dhs340 with unlimited sparkling Dhs520 with unlimited French bubbles. Tel: (04) 317 6000. Dukesdubai.com.
Tea is to the Body as Music is to the Soul: Mozart Afternoon Tea, Armani Hotel
The Armani/Lounge has introduced a Mozart themed menu of teatime treats in time to line with the Dubai Opera’s September season which will showcase a trio of Mozart’s most famous stage productions. You can enjoy from three tiers of Austrian inspired delicacies, from Black Forest Turkey Ham with sauerkraut, salmon and cream cheese mini pretzels and a cranberry- almond chicken salad trammezine. End your afternoon tea with an espresso-flavored spin on a classic Opera cake, Vienna Sacher Torte and rich Black Forest sphere.
Armani/Lounge, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, daily 3 pm to 6 pm until September 30, Dhs170. Tel: (04) 888 3666. www.armanihoteldubai.com.
SereneTea: The Farm, Al Barari
This one is for the nature lovers. Enjoy the countryside at The Farm while they host a tea party for you amidst lush greenery. Be pampered with copious amounts of tea and sandwiches, desserts and fresh scones served with jams and cream to choose from. Apart from tea, there are other hot and cold beverages too.
Al Barari, Emirates Road, Dubai, daily 3.30pm to 6pm, Dhs175. Tel: (04) 392 5660. www.thefarmdubai.ae.
Cookie ParTea: Sarabeth’s, City Walk
With their breakfast and dessert menu doing extremely well with the crowds, it was only a matter of time before Sarabeth’s started their good afternoon tea and dinner menu. The high tea here is very well executed with a lot of options to choose from. Our pick – egg salad on a mini scone & tomato and mozzarella skewers with pesto. There will be a small sample of their bakery’s cakes and their signature Chubbies – a soft, fat, chewy biscuit stuffed with pecans and walnuts barely kissed by the oven.
Sarabeth’s, City Walk, Jumeirah, Dubai, high tea daily from 3.30pm to 5.30pm. Tel: (052) 3976750. www.sarabeth.com.
SerendipiTea: Café Bateel, JBR The Walk
For some Middle Eastern fusion with your classic afternoon tea, go to Café Bateel. Enjoy the Arabian welcome drink of sparkling date juice before being served in an English style three-tiered silver tray with an Arabian twist – baba ghanoush and pomegranate on date toast, cucumber and labneh finger sandwiches and date opera cake. And for our classic lovers – there’s also traditional English fruitcake and scones served with jam and Devonshire clotted cream. You can either choose from a classic selection of teas, or the gourmet selection. If you are lucky, try and get your hands on the Silver Tips Imperial tea. This is one of the most expensive teas in the world and rightly so as it the harvested only five times in a year, under the light of a full moon. Let’s talk about being fancy!
Café Bateel, JBR The Walk, Dubai, daily 1 pm to 5 pm, Dhs98 for classic tea selection, Dhs110 for gourmet selection. Tel: (04) 456 5837. www.bateel.com.
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Ice Ice Baby: Iced Afternoon Tea, Al Fayrooz, Al Qasr
Chill out this summer with a glass of cold iced tea at Al Fayrooz Lounge in Jumeirah Al Qasr. And that’s not all – You have six tea flavors to choose from – lemon, peach, mint, black current, date and green tea with rose petals. There are also some lip smacking snacks to accompany the iced teas – scones, bite-size sandwiches, and a final course of a chocolate fountain with dippable fresh fruit and cake pops. The live piano music and a view of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is the perfect way to spend a hot afternoon.
Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah, Al Sufouh, Dubai, 2 pm to 6 pm, Dhs225. Tel: (04) 432 3232. www.jumeirah.com
Height of Sophistication: At.Mosphere, Burj Khalifa
High tea in the literal sense, at At.Mosphere, in the world’s tallest building – The Burj Khalifa. You can go for the traditional La Gourmandise menu for a classic selection of sandwiches, scones, and hot drinks or upgrade to the Luxurious Menu for a four-course feast and a glass of something sparkling.
Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, noon to 4.30pm, Dhs320 (La Gourmandise menu, non-window seat), Dhs420 (Luxurious, non-window seat), Dhs450 (Luxurious, window table), Dhs650 (Luxurious with a bottle of sparkling wine). Tel: (04) 8883828. www.atmosphereburjkhalifa.com
Macho Tea: The Gentleman’s Tea, Ritz-Carlton
This one is specially for the fellas. So obviously there won’t be any dainty scones and pretty cupcakes here. When the men are here, they will be served bites like Wagyu beef sliders, beef tartar with quail egg and a manly beverage. Cheers to that!
The Lobby Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, daily 2 pm to 6 pm, Dhs295. Tel: (04) 3994000. Ritzcarlton.com
Sex and the CiTea: Raffles Salon, Raffles Hotel
This will feel like if a Carrie Bradshaw hosted a tea party in a salon and invited YOU! The glitz and glamour of designer fashion collections served to you on a plate. Expect chocolate cake in the shape of a stiletto, a meringue swirl bag or your favourite mocktail topped with an edible sun hat.
Raffles Hotel, Dubai, daily 2 pm to 7 pm, Dhs249. Tel: (04) 3248888. raffles.com/dubai