One of my numerous food related dreams include scones and to share fragments, an endless spread of scones for me to devour with a fountain of fresh clotted crème and a river of fruit jam to complement the delicate scones.
Realistically, my scone dreams may not be a possibility but Al Bayt Lounge at The Palace Downtown Dubai has just about managed to fulfill my love (addiction?) for scones with a buffet style afternoon tea spread.
For now, every Saturday and Wednesday, the old-fashioned tray-style afternoon tea takes shape as a delectable spread in the center of the lounge teasing passerby with a banquet of desserts and pastries along with cold sandwiches including cheese options or two.
The afternoon tea caters warm sandwiches straight from the kitchen served table side such as savory puff pastries, tarts and of course, the piece de resistance of any high-tea, scones.
The scones at Al Bayt are served warm yet moist in the center with a golden crust traditionally accompanied with clotted cream and seasonal fruit jam.
If the above mentioned has not tickled your taste buds as yet, let one of the a certified tea sommelier entice and tease your nostrils with a quick and educational insight to tea and bring your taste to a realization as to what you have been missing all along with a hearty and varied TWG loose and infusion tea collection for one to savor as well as to read about the culture of tea in a quaint library at the afternoon tea. A must taste recommendation is the aromatic Red of Arabia – a blend of black tea with an undertone of cloves and cinnamon, a signature creation served at the hotel as a hot or iced variety.
The unlimited afternoon spread is for one with an appetite and endless love for sweet and savory treats in a lounge setting with semi-views of The Burj Khalifa, Dubai.