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.
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.
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.
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?
*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.
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.
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 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.