Afternoon Tea at the Buddha Bar, London

 

I LOVE afternoon tea. There’s something so scrumptious about digging into sweet bites with a steaming cup of something at your fingertips isn’t there. I’m a touch nervous of bringing Little Button along to one just yet *my overreacting mum brain worrying about hot teapots. So on the very rare occasions when I do get to go to an afternoon tea, on my own, with my bestie. Well, it’s cause for celebration isn’t it! We are both big foodies, so afternoon tea at the Buddha Bar in London sounded like just our cup of tea.

 

Buddha Bar, London

It’s what it sounds like. An über high end, pan Asian cuisine eatery come after work drinks hang out. It’s tucked round the corner from Harrods and at 12noon looked pretty unassuming and practically not there. It sort of melts into the side of a building, and if we didn’t know it was there, I doubt we would have noticed it. Though I do expect at peak times this place is rocking.

 

Afternoon Tea at the Buddha Bar, London

 

Meet And Greet?

We were both pretty excited to get inside. *It had a funny Harry Potter thing going on. All secret from the outside and ultra mesmerising from the inside. Unfortunately the front of house lady didn’t share our enthusiasm and met us with a disdained look of ‘what?’. Admittedly we both felt like we had hugely inconvenienced her by turning up for our booking. But finally being able to grab some slow-paced ME time meant that personally I didn’t give a hoot. But if it had been for a special occasion treat there’s no doubt I would have been a touch ‘meh’.

 

The Afternoon Tea

So anyway, The Buddha Bar was almost empty, but we had come for the food and a catch up. So lack of a bustling atmosphere wasn’t really a thing. And like I said before, I totally bet that this place rocks out to the max during the rush.

 

Afternoon Tea at the Buddha Bar, London

 

Once seated, we got asked for our choice of tea and were given the food menu by a super friendly chap, who totally redeemed his grumpy friend.

 

Afternoon Tea at the Buddha Bar, London

 

The best bit about afternoon tea at the Buddha Bar is that it’s unusual. Sandwiches are completely replaced by a selection of pan Asian goodies. Pretty cool huh?

 

Afternoon Tea at the Buddha Bar, London

 

*On our visit tuna tartare was featured on the menu which neither of us wanted to try. Our waiter happily switched this for a duplicate of something else. I switched for another steamed bun and Ed switched for another spring roll.

 

The first course was really delicious. By far my favourite thing was the crispy black cod and mushroom wonton. One just wasn’t enough though and I could have easily had 3! At least.

 

Afternoon Tea at the Buddha Bar, London

 

There didn’t seem to be a lot of food, but after devouring the plate over blogging, Instagram and social media tips, it turned out to be quite filling!

 

Unlike most afternoon teas, this one didn’t include an unlimited pot of tea. But we were given a big glass bottle of drinking water to share and for us that was more than enough.

 

Dessert Time

You can’t have afternoon tea without a good dessert right? They didn’t disappoint and although I could have gobbled more, the sweet treats certainly did the trick. Aren’t they pretty!

 

Afternoon Tea at the Buddha Bar, London

 

Overall thoughts 

Afternoon tea at the Buddha Bar reminded me of a 2 course tasting platter. There was less focus on abundant cups of tea but more effort on delivering high end nibbles that tickled your taste buds. I think it’s fair to say that we came away happy but wanting more. I’d definitely recommend it for a grownups afternoon tea treat.

 

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37 Comments

  1. February 6, 2018 / 6:48 am

    This looks incredible. Especially that dessert platter. I’m a sucker for a good afternoon tea spot. #dreamteam

  2. February 6, 2018 / 8:05 am

    Not usually a fan of afternoon tea but that does look pretty good!

  3. February 6, 2018 / 9:02 am

    Sounds like an interesting version of afternoon tea! I love the look of the setting, but I’m not sure that I could ditch my traditional afternoon tea!! I guess it makes for something different though!! Glad you and Ed had a good catch up though! #DreamTeam

  4. February 6, 2018 / 9:18 am

    Sounds delightful. The teapots are so cute… wonder where I can get one? I’d love to do more afternoon teas but with dairy intolerance it invariably ends in disaster and stress. Glad you enjoyed some me time #wellbeing #dreamteam

  5. February 6, 2018 / 10:12 am

    I love afternoon tea – there is just something so sophisticated about it. But I love a full spread where I can select what I want. I don’t like it to be served on a tray and brought to the table. Coffee and tea must be bottomless. Oh and no skimping on quantity and then I am expecting to pay a fortune. Thanks for sharing and that macaroon just literally made my mouth water fro one.#Dreamteam

  6. February 6, 2018 / 10:17 am

    That all looks absolutely scrumptious! And now I’m really hungry! Thanks for sharing, I’ll definitely be paying visit #DreamTeam

    Soffy // themumaffairs.blogspot.com

  7. February 6, 2018 / 10:49 am

    This just makes me jealous that I don’t live in the UK. Looks awesome. #DreamTeam

  8. February 6, 2018 / 12:31 pm

    Looks smashing, I like different stuff. Pitty about the lady at the front of house.

  9. February 6, 2018 / 1:04 pm

    This looks so grown up and fancy. What a lovely treat! #dreamteam

  10. February 6, 2018 / 1:29 pm

    Haven’t had a good afternoon tea in ages! I’m afraid if a scone isn’t served then it’s not really afternoon tea 🙂 I love the look of the first course, that and scones would have been perfect! #DreamTeam

  11. February 6, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Oh this looks like an inter4sting twist on a traditional tea, nice to see they replaced the tuna for you #DreamTeam

  12. February 6, 2018 / 6:26 pm

    This looks so good, what a beautiful place to enjoy eating and drinking at X #dreamteam

  13. February 6, 2018 / 8:54 pm

    Wow! This looks fab! #DreamTeam

  14. February 6, 2018 / 9:32 pm

    Oooo I love afternoon tea! And this seems like a nice twist on the traditional style. Those puddings look delicious! Mmmm #blogcrush

  15. February 6, 2018 / 11:12 pm

    Oooooh this looks and sounds divine! I’m a massive afternoon tea fan, and that dessert list sounds heavenly… hungry now!!!
    #DreamTeam

  16. February 7, 2018 / 7:40 am

    Everything looked so delicious! That chocolate cake in the last picture had my mouth watering. #DreamTeam

  17. February 7, 2018 / 10:07 am

    I love afternoon tea and I love Asian food so this is right up my street. If only we still lived in London! #dreamteam

  18. February 7, 2018 / 11:51 am

    That looks absolutely stunning! I do love puddings 🙂 I’ve walked past there a few times but never actually gone in.

  19. February 7, 2018 / 12:47 pm

    Making me hungry! Looks like an interesting take on afternoon tea #dreamteam

  20. February 7, 2018 / 4:21 pm

    This sounds incredible! We’ll definitely have to add this to our vacation spot list! Thanks for sharing!
    #DreamTeam

  21. February 7, 2018 / 4:28 pm

    Oh my! *swoons* You know what a cake fiend I am… but those savouries actually won me over! They look incredible! So pleased you got to enjoy some much deserved me-time! x #DreamTeam

  22. February 7, 2018 / 6:00 pm

    Never heard of this place and good to find out more. Got to love an afternoon tea! #DreamTeam

  23. February 8, 2018 / 7:53 pm

    That dessert just looks so fab. YUMMY! and glad you got away for a bit without a kiddo in tow
    #dreamteam
    Katelynn, hampersandhiccups.com

  24. February 8, 2018 / 10:11 pm

    That looks delish! I can’t resist a macaroon! #dreamteam

  25. February 9, 2018 / 12:34 am

    The food looks so good! And the dessert, just beautiful! I would have been happy too, that the hustle and bustle were absent. And for a brief blog-dream kind of moment, I envisioned meeting you there for a spot! Now that would delight me! #dreamteam xoxo

  26. February 9, 2018 / 9:47 am

    Oh gosh this looks amazing!!!!! the décor, menu and the service too! jealous!! #dreamteam

  27. February 9, 2018 / 8:45 pm

    Annette, love it. Just put up this link as my “blog crush” at lucyathome.co.uk #BlogCrush linkup.

  28. February 9, 2018 / 10:36 pm

    I have never head an afternoon tea and love the idea of the blend of the classic UK high tea with international cuisines #dreamteam

  29. February 10, 2018 / 4:09 pm

    What a n interesting place #DreamTeam

  30. February 11, 2018 / 6:30 pm

    We had a really similar experience a few years ago when it was elsewhere, snooty hostess but good food included. Love afternoon tea! #DreamTeam

  31. February 12, 2018 / 3:04 pm

    I’m a bit fussy on the sandwich front so I like their alternative!! Looks yummy #DreamTeam

  32. February 15, 2018 / 9:47 am

    Just popping back again because someone loved this post so much, they added it to the BlogCrush linky! Congratulations! Feel free to collect your “I’ve been featured” blog badge 🙂 #blogcrush

  33. April 28, 2018 / 10:58 am

    Oh wow! It sounds like such a lovely experience. I love the sense of ceremony and the food looks and sounds delicious

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