Afternoon Tea - Chocolate Gallery, Fairmont, Abu Dhabi
Chocolate Gallery at The Fairmont has a lovely location. While it would have been obvious to locate it on the side of the hotel which overlooks the canal, they have opted for the front end of the hotel, with a lovely lawned area for kids to run. I like this. It is really surprisingly tranquil.
|Spacious outdoor seating|
|Beautiful lawn for the kids to have a bit of a run around.|
The Afternoon Tea menu has 3 options. I opted for the standard set. For my choice of tea, I requested a fragrant and flavourful Rooibos, a South African tea also known as bush tea or redbush tea. The tea pots are well thought out and keep your tea hot thanks to the iron finish and flame that is provided. Good.
|Functional tea pot.|
|The sweet treats in its contemporary presentation.|
The set is is vast and offers something for every taste. The savory side includes Chicken tikka-mint mayonnaise and smoked salmon and dill cream cheese. For the sweet -toothed, the Tahitian vanilla bean crunchy profiterole was delicious. I also enjoyed the vanilla biscuit with chocolate and vanilla creme chantilly.
Basically, it was pretty standard fare, so my focus shifted to the scones. I think scones, the cream and jams are critical in an afternoon tea set. They were freshly baked. When I say freshly, I mean just that: they were warm and broke easily, without crumbling. I always look forward to the jam and cream with the scones, especially if it is Devonshire cream. Furthermore, there was also passion fruit curd to accompany the scones and it was delightful and zesty! The cream and scones were scrumptious, but the jam was nondescript and disappointing. After finishing my scones, I took a chance and asked the waiter where they got their jam. Only then did I learn that there were pureed strawberries. A pity it was not offered initially. I find this less sweet option complements the scones and cream much better.
|The savory treats were tasty.|
|Devonshire cream, jam and passion fruit curd.|
Overall, I enjoyed the Afternoon tea. Everything you expect was there, but there was something missing; the wow factor I guess. There were just too many niggling things. Small things, but they all add up. However, Chocolate Gallery is definitely worth a visit because it gets more things right than it gets wrong.
The low down
The Chocolate Gallery,
Fairmont Hotel Abu Dhbai
02 654 3333
Afternoon tea set including choice of tea
95 Dhs standard set
125 Dhs ( standard set with 6 truffles)
195 Dhs (standard set, 6 truffles plus a glass of Proseco)