If you are going to do Afternoon Tea, pull out all the stops (and your purse) and do it right, in style, in somewhere where the pastry chefs are the Picasso's of ganache and mousse. And the chefs at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin certainly don't lack imagination or skill. Their 'Art Tea' is a two course menu, the first being a variety of sandwiches, scones and cakes and the second being a selection of three miniature desserts inspired by three paintings selected from the Merrion's own art collection.
The photographs speak for themselves but there is also something that I couldn't capture on film and that is the relaxed, laid back atmosphere in this beautiful room. We sat for almost three hours, drank at least 10 cups of tea and ate ourselves silly.
You can also get a beautiful doggy bag to bring home, which takes the pressure off if you are like me and can't possibly comprehend leaving any cake un-tasted.
What a treat.
Smoked salmon with horseradish cream on brown Irish soda bread
Egg mayonnaise and cress on a brioche bun;
Rare Irish Beef on white bread; and
Cucumber with cream cheese and chives on tomato bread.
Battenburg (the colours and design are inspired by a painting);
Porter Cake; and
Plain and fruit scones served with lemon curd, jam and clotted cream.
From the other side.
The three paintings selected by the chef to inspire his/her second course.
Wow factor: The second course
Rosewater and Orange Mousse on a White Chocolate Feuilletine
Chocolate Trinty- a choux bun filled with chocolate ganche
€36 each at the Merrion Hotel Dublin, see http://www.merrionhotel.com/