Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea at Park Plaza’s Laguna Kitchen & Bar is the exact opposite to regular afternoon tea, so it suited me perfectly. Some might argue the gendered name is unnecessary, but it spoke out to me as someone who’s looking for the opposite of sugary sickly sweetness.
I absolutely love the idea of afternoon tea, the problem is I don’t really enjoy the real thing. The best bit is the sandwiches – although, they often have measly and mediocre fillings between two tiny, crustless quarters of stale white bread. And then they always fanny about with the cakes and make them tooth-achingly sweet. What’s wrong with a bog-standard hunk of classic carrot cake done well? Usually, the best I can hope for is warm scones with clotted cream, but I’ll generally leave the rest.
With Park Plaza’s Gentlemen’s Afternoon Tea, as you’d expect, meat was the dominating feature. Steak ciabatta sandwich with garlic mushrooms and sticky onions was a winner, as was a mini Yorkshire pudding stuffed with Welsh beef sirloin with homemade horse radish sauce. Warm chorizo scotch egg with soft yolk and bloody Mary mayonnaise to dip also connected me to my inner lad. Finally, a melt-in-the-middle chocolate fondant with clotted cream was more satisfying than any cake I could wish for. I had a pint, rather than tea, to wash it all down.
Our group, of which 4/7 were female, resoundingly agreed it was waaaaay better than girly afternoon tea and even the blokes felt full afterwards.
The only downside? All future afternoon teas will undoubtedly be even more of a disappointment for me.
Plea to other afternoon tea providers across Cardiff and beyond: please can we have some afternoon tea options for women who eat like men.
My eat of the week
- Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea – Chorizo scotch egg with bloody Mary mayonnaise; seared Welsh sirloin steak with caramelised red onions & garlic mushrooms on toasted ciabatta; Severn & Wye smoked salmon blini with dill crème fraiche & caviar; mini Brecon venison burger with juniper berry & red currant mayonnaise; miniature prawn cocktail shot; roast sirloin of Welsh Beef and horseradish stuffed Yorkshire pudding; warm chocolate fondant served with clotted cream; rum baba filled with Chantilly cream and raspberries; speciality tea or freshly brewed coffee – £19.95