Dominique Ansel brings a new nature-inspired spin on the British tradition of afternoon tea at his London bakery
The website for Dominique Ansel Bakery London has been teasing the prospect of an afternoon tea for a while, and now it has arrived in perfect time as the sun makes an appearance in the capital.
As well as enjoying the famous pastry chef’s signature items such as the Cronut, DKA, Frozen S’mores and chocolate chip cookies shots, visitors to the Belgravia bakery will soon be able to partake in a leisurely afternoon tea experience seated on the open-air terrace.
Like Dominique Ansel’s other inventive creations, his version on the British tradition isn’t simply sandwiches, scones and sweets, but a conceptual piece that tells a story. Based around the lifecycle of a plant, the items are served on a ceramic stand, which as you make your way up the tiers goes from a seedling to fully formed flower.
Savouries including a ‘seed’ of wild mushrooms, confit garlic, pumpkin seed and squid ink choux, a ‘young leaf’ of smoked salmon, yuzu dill cream cheese, Japanese cucumber and micro basil and a ‘fallen leaf’ of steak tartare, crème fraîche, brioche toast and red radish. Meanwhile alongside the classic scones, clotted cream and jam will be an array of mini cakes, starting with a ‘bud’ of lavender meringue, coconut ganache, passion fruit geleé and white chocolate petals. It evolves into a ‘flower’ of vanilla mousse, lemon marmalade, cookie crumb and whipped basil ganache, a ‘blossom’ of mascarpone mousse, amarena cherry jam, dark chocolate and meringue kisses, before reaching the finale with the ‘full bloom’, a brown butter financier with strawberry jam, rose ganache and rose petals.
“I’ve always loved the classic tradition of British afternoon tea,” said Dominique Ansel. “We wanted to start a tradition of our own here at the bakery planting the seeds for our first take on afternoon tea. For us, creativity – no matter if you’re a chef, an artist, a musician, or in any field – stems from having strong foundations. So we evolved that idea into a menu that starts from the ground up and is presented in a fresh and modern way. I’m excited to see it grow and come to life.”
The afternoon tea is priced at £42 with tea, £55 with a selection from the speciality drink selection or £80 for the ‘Splendid’ version, which includes an additional Canadian lobster roll and buckwheat blini with Sevruga caviar and crème fraîche.
Launching on 4 May, tables can be pre-booked from 12pm today here.