The recent Tea Palace Tea Tasting at the Intercontinental Cookbook Cafe saw our gang discovering what was on offer as part of their Spring menu.
After being pepped up by the range of teas we were served a bellini cocktail with green tea and pineapple puree – simply tea-licious. although i nearly poked my eye out with the large protruding leaf.
On to the food, and it wasn’t a bad spread although the tea influence which chef Paul Bates was at pains to emphasize seemed at times a little stretched.
The usual cucumber and chicken sandwiches were nothing special although the sea trout was a little different.
The Scones were great, although again nothing out of the ordinary.
The cakes were nice though, particularly the apple and sweet rhubarb mousse and the Green tea and lime sorbet was a nice touch.
It seems like a lovely hotel with friendly, approachable staff and I get the feeling the Cookbook Cafe is just the tip of the iceberg as far as its offerings go. I hope to be back to try other goodies here in future..