Review: High tea takeaway from Palazzo Versace Dubai
A high tea you can enjoy in your pyjamas? Yes, please…
Missing out on your high-tea experience because you’re adhering to the rules of social distancing? Palazzo Versace has created a unique high tea takeaway you can enjoy in your jammies in the comfort of your own home.
We tried it out and here’s what we thought.
The four-tiered stand was handed over to us covered with a protective sheath bearing the Palazzo Versace logo on one half and temptingly displaying the sweet and savoury treats through the other half. We were also handed a separate box that included homemade jam, clotted cream and lemon curd neatly pipped into plastic jars.
Sitting on top of the four tiers were two varieties of teas, which Mum and I prepped before sitting down to tuck in.
After resisting the temptation to instantly satisfy my sweet tooth with a chocolate treat, I opted for a plain scone that was crumbly and soft and paired perfectly with the clotted cream. Mum loved the lemon curd and I was more than happy to let her have dibs.
The smoked salmon roulade with cream cheese treat was next and I was able to devour both pieces since Mum isn’t a fan of fish. Although it looked great, sadly the marinated prawn with avocado didn’t live up to expectation as it was lacking in flavour.
A unique looking treat was up next – a slice of beef bresaola shaped into a cone and propped up in a brioche bread cut into the shape of a frame. It scored points from both of us for looks and flavour.
The next two savoury dishes were equally delicious. One was a choux bun filled with a creamy chicken salad, and the other was a delicate egg salad with mayo.
The cucumber and cream cheese open sandwich was another favourite with Mum, so I left both for her to enjoy while I tucked into the compressed watermelon and goat cheese.
With sips of peppermint tea in between bites, we were starting to feel rather stuffed and decided to sample the sweet items. We reached out for what we thought was cheesecake with jam, but turned out to be layers of cheese sandwiched with cranberry chutney and redcurrant. It was the perfect segue between savoury and sweet.
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Next up was the macaron, and generally not being a fan of the French treat, I decided to cut it in half and share it. But, it was delicious and I ended up stealing the other half back. Sorry, Mum.
Sadly though, the chocolate cake that initially attracted my attention wasn’t quite up to the mark, but all was forgiven once we tasted the delicate raspberry velvet dessert.
Overall, it was a unique dining experience and we enjoyed nearly all of the treats – and the fact that we didn’t have to face the drive back home made this experience all the more rewarding.
Interested in trying it for yourself? The cost of this experience for one stand for two is Dhs300. At the moment, the hotel isn’t delivering, but pick-up is available from the drive-through located at the hotel entrance. Orders can be made on 04 5568805 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Palazzo Versace Dubai, Dubai at Jaddaf Waterfront, Dubai, high-tea take away, Dhs300 per stand. Tel: (04) 556 8888. palazzoversace.ae
Images: What’s On/Palazzo Versace