Grand Cayman: Afternoon Tea at The Ritz

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 7comments No tags Permalink 1

Hello and hope everyone had a good holiday weekend! We are back from the Cayman Islands (and in complete denial about being back home ;). It was non-stop eating and drinking during the entire trip, with one very sweet and memorable afternoon tea.

We stayed at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman where they serve afternoon daily in the Silver Palm Lounge. Just an elevator ride away!

May I pour you a cup? A pot each of Imperial Oolong and Earl Grey feels so right today. Here’s a look at the tea selection.

Browsing the menu – both teas sets are the same, one with champagne, one without.

And the moment we’ve been waiting for! Classic three tiers: scones on top, sweets in the middle, and savories at the bottom. Just seeing this makes me smile. Though the basics and bones of every afternoon tea is the same, I love seeing how each restaurant turns it into something unique. Here the best part of tea were the savory bites…

…exquisite little tea sandwiches (that I’m now itching to re-create at home).

Mango and Caribbean Lobster Salad on Sourdough. Mango sliced paper-thin, layered atop a rectangular cut of sourdough and topped with mound of fresh lobster.
Smoked Salmon, Dill Cream Cheese on Pumpernickel. Smoked salmon is rolled into a little tube with fresh chives poking out one end.
Egg Salad and Baby Watercress Sandwich with Bow Fin Caviar. The circular sandwich at center. An egg salad pinwheel with caviar. Perfection!
English Cucumber, Hummus on Rye Bread. Cucumbers are sliced thin and halved, hummus spread across the bread.
Prosciutto and Parmesan Mille Feuille, Fig Compote on Mango Brioche. Sweet and savory, the prosciutto and parmesan mille-feuille (6 layers) atop chunky fig compote, airy light brioche, the mango element subtle.

Next we move onto the scones, warm rounds in plain and raisin-studded…

…lemon curd, raspberry jam, devonshire cream. Scones aren’t complete without the trio! Though if I had to pick only one accompaniment, it would be devonshire cream ;)

Facing the balcony and blue skies. Relax and pour another cup of tea…

…and let’s move onto dessert. A full plate! That’s Chocolate Éclair facing you, Strawberry Tartlettes to the left. Crisp, sugar-dusted Palmiers in the center and Lemon Meringue Tarts at right. Finish with Coffee-Teacake and crushed hazelnuts.

  • anonymous
    November 30, -0001

    I am just able to say…wow!!wow!!Ok, I will stop right now…:D

  • K and S
    January 18, 2012

    yum! and wow.

  • anonymous
    January 18, 2012

    Ohmigosh, I love afternoon tea and that one looked like perfection! Thanks for sharing.

  • anonymous
    January 18, 2012

    Was this a comped trip? Surely a nice 'business' job. :)Did you get to enjoy the poolside as well? Seeing the sun makes me wished I was somewhere else. So cold in NYC!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    January 18, 2012

    Hi Kim – it was a press trip for work (though we covered Pierre's half ;) Poolside was gorgeous…and then we came back to this crazy 15F weather in NYC!

  • anonymous
    January 20, 2012

    What beautiful pictures. Thank you for reminding us of the world beyond our windowless offices.

  • anonymous
    June 4, 2012

    Sounds yummy and what cute pictures!

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