Delicate finger-sized sandwiches, bite-sized sweet treats and a large pot of refreshing brew are the hallmarks of a traditional afternoon tea, and all three are in abundance at Upper Crust Deli Bistro’s newly-launched tea time affair.
Priced at $29 per person, Upper Crust introduced its afternoon tea to coincide with the arrival of executive pastry chef Deb Pradham, who was formerly employed at Leela’s Palace, a chain of luxury hotels based in India.
Available every Saturday by reservation, from 3 to 5 p.m., the tea includes a vast array of sweet treats alongside savory nibbles, all presented on a traditional three-tier cake stand.
There’s a wide choice of tea on offer, including traditional varieties such as Earl Grey and English Breakfast, as well as a large selection of refreshing herbal options. If you fancy breaking with tradition, there’s also the option of coffee.
The menu changes on a regular basis and is designed to showcase the very best selection of the day’s freshly baked sweet and savory delights.
During my visit I found on my cake stand a salmon and egg mayonnaise sandwich and a curry chicken vole au vent. There was also more than enough sweet treats, including a hand-rolled truffle, macaroon, cupcake, strawberry tart and a bite-sized slice of mango cheesecake, to name just a few.
Service was impeccable, and I found regular reinforcements of freshly brewed tea being bought to my table.
Upper Crust is on The Paseo at Camana Bay, and is based on a European bistro concept with a modern twist. Set in a neighborhood atmosphere, the venue offers a fresh and exciting dining option.
The bistro’s menu includes a selection of freshly made sandwiches, signature salads, “tartines,” hearty soups, and a decadent selection of homemade pastries and artisan breads, all with a European influence. Favorites include the croque monsieur, eggs en cocotte, and the pomme frites served with black truffle oil and freshly grated parmesan.
Inside, the bistro has been given a fresh new décor, with cozy booth-style seating for a more intimate dining option. Alternatively, choose to enjoy dining on the breezy patio outside, under the shade of one of the bistro’s brightly colored yellow sunbrellas.
Nicola de Lima, Upper Crust owner, said the response to afternoon tea has been overwhelming. “Whether it be couples, friends, families, meetings and even bridal shower parties, it has proven to be an experience that everyone enjoys in a neighborhood bistro environment at a cost-friendly price.”
Traditionally, afternoon tea is a light meal typically eaten in the late afternoon. The custom is believed to have originated from the wealthy classes in the U.K. and is now a leisurely affair enjoyed as an occasional treat.
Upper Crust’s afternoon tea is the ideal way to while away a Saturday afternoon. My only quibble would be that I would have liked a few more savory options on my three-tier cake stand; I had a sugar high well into the evening.