We were enticed to Robata, a restaurant that prides itself on combining Pan-Asian styled cuisines with a modern approach, by images of a high tea the likes I’ve never seen before. Both the Head Chef and Head Pastry Chef have previously worked in award winning restaurants and hotels and their expertise and experience was evident in all courses of our lunch.
I’m always intrigued by any experience that is a little different; food, drink or otherwise and this was certainly ‘not your average’.
With a wall of windows that let in an incredible amount of natural light and delicate background music the restaurant atmosphere was relaxed and calm. This mellow feeling continued throughout our lunch as we were leisurely, but efficiently served by a team of cheery staff.
High Tea is priced at £19.50. Other options available include a Champagne and a Gentleman’s version both priced at £27.50. We opted for the Cocktail High Tea priced at £24.50 as I cannot resist a pretty little alcoholic number.
First we had a Ginger and Lemon Iced Tea; complete with flowers. We were informed that it was to cleanse your palate and prepare your taste buds for what was to come. It was surprisingly enjoyable and very refreshing.
High Tea is served in two waves with complimenting drinks. This helps set the pace for the experience, in fact we were advised not to rush but take our time, as it’s more filling than you might imagine.
Our hot food was delivered in a bamboo steamer basket. When the lid was lifted, the smell was divine.
It was tasty too; the Duck Leg Long Bao was soft and tender; the Chicken Yakatori and the Breaded Prawn and Tofu Ball were both full of flavour.
After a short while, an extravaganza was brought to the table. Both Hubby and I said “Wow” in unison! They say you eat with your eyes first and this certainly fulfilled. The photograph doesn’t do it justice, it was so beautiful.
We started with the Avocado Maki Roll – my favourite type of sushi. Dipped in a little soy sauce, I popped the whole thing in my mouth (quite a feat as it was pretty big!) and it was really good.
The Beetroot Cured Salmon and Squid Ink Cracker was an amazing sight. To me, it resembled the bottom of the ocean or a coral reef. It tasted as good as it looked too, although I ate this a little more delicately!
Our cocktails arrived at the same time and if you follow me on Instagram you know I’m always on the lookout for a pretty one. I had the Mandarin and Kumquat Bellini.
And Hubby had a non alcoholic English Garden.
First shelf devoured, we moved onto the desserts. They all looked so amazing we both said we didn’t know where to start. However I quickly decided it had to be the Yuzu and Lime Tartlet which was a myriad of textures and flavours that ticked all the boxes for a sensory gal such as myself – crunchy base, soft filling, chewy meringue…mouth-wateringly yummy.
The Orange Scone with Orange Curd had a subtle zing and the filling was a refreshing alternative to clotted cream and jam. It had a lovely softness that only just baked cakes have.
The piece de resistance for us both though was the Hazelnut and Chocolate Delice. The sponge was moist, with an almost mousse like texture, soft, gooey and totally chocolatey.
After devouring the chocolate delight, a much needed breather came in the shape of our tea. Hubby opted for traditional English Breakfast, but I went for a mellow Jasmine Blossom.
After our pause, all that was left was the Spiced Strawberry Trifle. Thankfully this was a light affair and not too much to handle.
I am no stranger to afternoon teas and although they all have their own signature element – nothing has come close to this unique dining experience.
Carefully crafted, perfectly presented and delightfully delicious. High praise for the Robata High Tea.
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This meal was not complimentary and I did not receive any reward for this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own and all photographs were taken by me unless otherwise stated.