Buddha-Bar is a luxurious and opulent Asian inspired restaurant and bar in the middle of a bustling Knightsbridge street. My friends and I had wanted to visit for ages, and so as a birthday treat a group of us arranged to go for afternoon tea.
Buddha-Bar’s elegant interior is dark and alluring. As we walked in and our coats were taken to the cloakroom, we looked up to see a striking bamboo ceiling installation. We were lead to our table which was neatly arranged with our place settings, menus and a bright yellow orchid flower and our waitress came over to tell us about the delights we were about to sample.
We were sat next to the staircase, which had a huge, intricately created dragon made up of hanging beads leading to the downstairs restaurant. The whole restaurant was decked out in dark decor but light streamed in from the floor to ceiling windows and there were tokens of Asia dotted around the bar and restaurant.
Our experience started with a complimentary glass of champagne and we ordered our tea. One of my friends and I plumped for mint tea and my other friend chose Assam, and a few minutes later they arrived in stout, ceramic pots with matching cups and saucers.
Asian delicacies at the Buddha Bar afternoon tea
Next our afternoon tea platters arrived; one savoury and one sweet. We delved in and started with the Vietnamese vegetable summer rolls and sweet chilli dipping sauce. They were sweet and crunchy and the filo pastry immediately went everywhere as soon as I bit into one – the best kind of spring rolls!
We moved round the plate onto thick wedges of duck hoisin steam bun sandwiches, tangy tuna tartare on crusty toasted fennel bread and finally crispy wonton cod and prawns with plum dipping sauce. It was all delicious and very different to Asian food I’ve had before. The steam bun sandwiches were my favourite – they were soft and doughy, but still light and very tasty.
But, even so, we definitely saved the best to last in my opinion. The desert platter’s chilli chocolate mousse sat in cubes along the plate covered in cocoa powder. It was crumbly and deeply chocolately, which satisfied my chocoholic tendencies wonderfully!
We managed to get a two for one deal on this afternoon tea, but even at the full price of £25 per person I think it’s still very reasonable. The service was brilliant and we were well looked after on our Asian inspired culinary experience.
Have you ever tried a Buddha Bar afternoon tea? Or perhaps had an Asian inspired afternoon tea elsewhere. Do tell us about your experiences in the comments below!