Afternoon tea at Jean-Georges puts a playful, contemporary twist on this time-honoured British tradition. Allow us to whisk you away on a sensational journey through taste and texture – with a few unexpected surprises along the way.
Jean-Georges at The Connaught sets a bright and lively scene for an afternoon tea with a twist. The experience begins the moment you step into this stylish neighbourhood restaurant in Mayfair. Curated art from Louise Bourgeois adorns the walls and floor to ceiling windows, with their stained-glass accents by Jean-Michel Othoniel, give you the perfect vantage point to watch the world of Mayfair go by. Then, it’s time to open the menu – its playful illustrations by Jean Jullien hinting at the bold flavours and witty surprises soon to unfold…
A fusion of flavours
Begin your taste adventure as you discover a selection of exotic teas – or, a glass of champagne, if you want to add some sparkle to the afternoon. Then it’s on to the finger sandwiches, where classic British combinations meet Jean-Georges’ passion for bold South East-Asian flavours. Think cucumber with a hint of lemon and mint, chipotle smoked salmon, and turkey and roasted carrot purée with Sichuan pepper soya mayonnaise in Mediterranean bread, all home-made daily.
It’s said we eat first with our eyes – and our cake stand full of bright and beautifully decorated pâtisseries is a visual feast. Our picture-perfect cakes are carefully designed to celebrate seasonal flavours, such as coconut mousse and pineapple compote, mango and almond tarte and bergamot sponge cake finished with lime whipped cream and candied ginger. Topping it all off is a playful chocolate fondue with a penguin shaped shortbread biscuit for dipping.
For a touch of tradition, our cakes are accompanied by English scones prepared to a time-honoured recipe. These are served warm from the oven, ready for spreading with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry jam (or pineapple, for an exotic twist).
Take a Sip
Few sounds are more reminiscent than freshly-brewed tea being poured into a china cup. But what are you in the mood for? Keep things traditional with fragrant black teas such as Earl Grey, Darjeeling and Assam. Or explore our artisan green teas from small plantations in Japan and China, such as fuji-yama, jasmine pearls and the subtle vanilla tones of Thé à l’Opéra. And if you like your tea soothingly theine-free, there is fresh mint, chamomile, canorino or mild, flowery rooibos red to enjoy.
Jean-Georges at The Connaught is now closed until further notice.
(Our reservations office is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 10pm and Saturday to Sunday from 9am to 9pm)
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