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Funky high tea at The Four Seasons

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High tea at View restaurant overlooking the jacarandas High tea at View restaurant overlooking the jacarandas Picture supplied by The Westcliff Four Seasons Johannesburg

As the summer days grow longer and hotter and the holiday season beckons enticingly, thoughts of catching up with friends over a long and leisurely afternoon tea become irresistible. Where better to go than the Westcliff Four Seasons in Johannesburg, which recently introduced this institution to its repertoire?

Tea lovers can expect a great treat at fine dining restaurant, View, where the scenery alone over the forested suburbs is enough to make you cast off your cares!

More traditional afternoon tea parties for closet colonialists can be also enjoyed at the nearby Jacaranda Hill venue which also boast equally spectacular views of the Joburg skyline.

The jacaranda-coloured menu has something for every discerning palate and its colour contrasts beautifully with the copper coloured table accoutrements.

The Four Seasons tea is cast as a contemporary take on a Victorian institution and described as "an unashamedly modern feast" by General Manager, Sebastien Carre.

The decadent jacaranda-themed contemporary afternoon tea might not be your granny's cup of tea, however. No cucumber sandwiches and pound cake here. But there is a choice between sweet and savoury treats, teamed with14 TWG loose-leaf teas .

So whether you prefer the "French Early Grey" or the Breakfast Zulu Tea, the Ti Kian Yin (a blue tea) or the Red Christmas Tea, there is something for every tea connoisseur.

Just one tip - drink your tea neat, no sugar, no milk, no lemon, in order to enjoy its full flavour.

Because people's tastebuds are all different guests can choose between a sweet option – which offers six delectable sweet treats and three savoury items – and the savoury stand, which promises six savoury and three sweet morsels.

It helps to be with a friend - or two or three - as the tiers are generously stacked and it is hard to know where to begin.

On the savoury side of things, warm monarch prawns crumbed in coconut and Thai avo relish beg to be popped into one's mouth, followed by biltong sandwiches, and a broccoli mousse and a cauliflower puree with olive oil and nuts, topped with crackers, which was not only delicious but probably Banting-friendly too. My only gripe was that spoons should have been provided for this part of the tea.

One thing I have never tried was scallop sandwiches - beats crab!

On the sweet side, the macarons were little Oriental feasts for the eye. One was decorated with cornflowers and the second was crimson with a green centre and sprinkled with black sesame seeds. Seemed almost a shame to eat them!

The jacaranda theme was continued in the shape of the sublimely indulgent Westcliff éclair, a purple morsel of choux pastry which was stuffed with praliné mousseline and topped with caramelised popcorn.

Classics include the freshly baked scones with a line up of jams and butter, superbly moist carrot cake and fruit tarts.

The afternoon tea costs R395 per person and is available from Monday to Thursday at View Restaurant from 14:30 pm to 17:00 pm.



The afternoon tea costs R395 per person and is available from Monday to Thursday at View Restaurant from 14:30 to 17:00.


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