November 12, 2014

Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley Hotel

Just when I thought it couldn't get any better, my Godmother's family had a real treat in store for me.

Having discovered that the Hotel Peninsula serves Pink Afternoon Tea during the month of October, I waited for a special friend to come to town and we splurged, sitting comfortably on the hotel's terrace café on a sunny late autumn afternoon.

You are wondering what could possibly be better than a Pink Afternoon Tea in Paris? Well, I'll let you in on a secret: The Berkeley's Fashionista Prêt-à-Portea in London!

This high tea - served in the Caramel Room - is inspired by the themes and colours of the fashion world and the menu is transformed every six months to follow the changing fashion seasons. We all gasped and gushed when the three-tiered stand arrived with a fantastic selection of miniature sweet and savoury works of art.

The current Autumn/Winter collection sees designers such as Jimmy Choo, Valentino and Dolce&Gabbana grace the Berkeley’s tea stand as Prêt-à-Portea adds a creative twist to the classic elements of the traditional English afternoon tea with cakes and pastries resembling the latest catwalk designs for the style conscious. Apparently, The Berkeley's head pastry chef, Mourad Khiat, is now invited to fashion shows to generate ideas for his new collections.

How cool is that?

Paris move over, here comes London!

... and you even receive - I dare call it such -  a doggie bag! Any cakes left at the end are given to you in a bespoke handbag take-away box to take home ... after you've shopped until you drop just around the corner at Harvey Nichols and Harrods.

The cake stand delights are fully explained by the waiting staff 
who showed us the fashion catwalk inspiration for each tasty treat.

Cakes, biscuits, fancies and sandwiches were all replenished so we dug in.

Matthew Williamson sequin macaroon with Mont Blanc cream ganache 
and psychedelic swirl of black and white

 Gorgeous cakes, biscuits, and mousses

Dolce&Gabbana's whimsical night owl with blackcurrant bavarois and star anis panna cotta savouring the designers' Sicilian forest fantasy

For those who prefer the savoury options, the cake stand included savoury canapés 
and they were replenished too.

Prêt-à-Portea take-away handbag comes in fuchsia and neon green. 

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