Champagne for tea? How could we possibly resist? We headed to the Bay View Lounge at the Grand Hyatt Goa to put the Grand Champagne High Tea, which they are offering, to the test.
Handcrafted by executive pastry chef Nicole, the Grand High Tea is available in three platters. There's the Traditional English Afternoon Tea (Rs 780 plus tax), the India Tea (Rs 680 plus tax), and for those with a sweet tooth, a Cupcake High Tea (Rs. 780 plus tax). The Grand Champagne High Tea (Rs 2000 plus tax) is served with your choice of any of these platters.
Spoilt for choice, what caught our attention was the Traditional English High Tea which offered a variety of pastry and savoury delicacies. Our Traditional English High Tea began with a refreshing Rose Oolong Tea handpicked by tea sommelier Snigdha Manchanda, founder of Tea Trunk. The semi-fermented oolong leaves with hints of rose petals left a fresh refreshing taste on our palettes and was a good sign of what was yet to come.
Just as we had imagined, our English High Tea was a lavish spread of scones, pastries and sandwiches. It's tough to pick a clear winner from the platter. We couldn't stop eating (and raving about) the Turkey Sandwiches, Salmon Toasties, Macaroons, Egg Sandwiches and the mini muffins with a homemade blueberry jam. The High Tea includes a selection of teas, coffees and hot chocolate.
Curious to know what makes a High Tea a Champagne High Tea, we stepped away from tradition and added a glass of bubbly to our High Tea feast. And the results left us completely floored. The combination of champagne and sandwiches is truly "grand".
The Indian and the Cupcake High Teas are a big hit we were told. The Indian High Tea includes a range of Indian sweets and savouries like Vada Pav, Channa Jhor Garam and the old tea-time favourite, kanda bajiya. The Cupcake High Tea boasts of cupcakes with flavours like Amaretto, Lemon Meringue, Raspberry and Blueberry Cheese.
Held every day between 3pm to 7pm, the Grand Champagne High Tea is light on the pocket and heavy on flavours. An ideal option to make your regular afternoon tea a grand one or just to give yourself a well-earned treat thanks to that glass of champagne.
Meal for two: Rs 680- Rs 2000 plus taxes (the High Tea platters are designed to be shared by 2-3 people)
Must try: Salmon Toasties, Macaroons
This meal was sponsored by the restaurant.