A dim sum afternoon tea delight – Millennium Hotel – Knightsbridge, London
There are a lot of afternoon tea offerings out there and they usually consist of pretty cakes, scones, a smattering of sandwiches and a lovely cuppa. I love the ritual surrounding afternoon tea but where do you go if like me you don’t have a sweet tooth? I am always on the hunt for a savoury one, if you know of any please leave a comment below or email me. I have so far on my quest, found one good one. A Dim Sum afternoon tea at the elegant but modern Millennium Hotel in Knightsbridge.
Arriving at Le Chinois the first thing you’ll notice is that the room it is very light and airy. Centred around the main stairwell, the dining room is open plan with a long bar at one end and tables on the far side. Upon arrival we were taken to our table and given a glass of champagne (it seems all afternoon teas now include some kind of alcoholic beverage).The menu is a set, all inclusive menu with packages starting at &19.50 and there is also a regular afternoon tea available.
Our dim sum afternoon tea arrived quickly and it looked great. There were plenty of savoury treat and a few ‘sweet’ ones thrown in for good measure. The menu consisted of Crispy chicken sticks, Duck spring rolls, Prawns in wasabi, Chicken in lettuce, scallops and bbq pork buns. Overall I thought it all tasted great and was presented very well. The only thing I did not like was the pork bun which is a shame as I had a really good one (my first ever) at Camden Market a few weeks back and loved it. This one however was too much bun and not enough pork, very dry in the mouth.
As for the sweet treats? I think you know me by now. After having a nibble ( I always at least try) I left them to my fellow diner. I’m not sure if it is traditional to serve the Chinese tea at the end of the meal but we would have like the pot on the table to enjoy during our repast. All in all it was a great treat and I enjoyed the alternative to a traditional afternoon tea, this one is definitely more my style and remember, if you know of another savoury tea do let me know!