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Caesars Imperial Afternoon Tea – Dubai

Today we are visiting Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai to experience their Caesars Imperial Afternoon Tea at the Roman Lounge. Traveling to Bluewaters is easy, with roads well signposted, the small journey lets you feel as if you are a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
As we arrive, we are warmly welcomed by the attentive team, the table is immaculately presented, awaiting our arrival. Caesars Imperial Afternoon Tea is inspired by the great conqueror Julius Caesar, this afternoon tea explores the exotic ingredients uncovered on his odyssey across Europe, Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. The menu incorporates the tantalizing flavor profiles of sweet Turkish figs, rich North African cacao, Amalfi Coast citrus and smoky North African spices.

The creative genius behind Caesars Imperial Afternoon Tea is Executive Chef, Christopher Lester. Having cooked his way across some of the finest culinary institutions in the world whilst working with some of the most innovative chefs of his generation, Executive Chef Christopher Lester boasts over 30 years of experience in the UK, China and UAE including Rosewood London, Harrods, Caprice Holdings, The Savoy, The Dorchester, InterContinental, The Grove, Wynn Resorts Macau, Jumeirah Restaurant Group and Burj Al Arab.

Before we being chef arrives to welcome us and talks us through the concept, his enthusiasm is infectious, and we are eager to begin. The three tiered serving stand display is as follows, pastries are displayed at the top, savories in the middle and jams at the bottom, with scones being served warm upon request.

We commence with the savories which offers a selection of five sandwiches, Brie De Meaux, Foie Gras Torchon, Spiced Chicken, Traditional Smoked Salmon and Baba Ghanoush. The Traditional Smoked Salmon is my favorite, but then I am somewhat of a traditionalist, light and fresh the Scottish Salmon is served on soda bread, drizzled with lemon horseradish cream and a sprinkling of fresh dill and salmon roe. The salmon roe does add an element of additional class and the lemon horseradish gives a refreshing zest to the taste. Surprising is the Baba Ghanoush, the rustic aubergine is encased between Arabic Khubz crispbread giving it a delightfully crisp texture that is further enhanced by toasted sesame seeds and pomegranate. Those who enjoy nuts will relish the flavors of the Brie De Meaux, creamy, Brie de Meaux, is perfectly layered between slices of hearty pumpernickel bread complemented by a sweet, tangy fig compote and a nutty hazelnut crumb. The savories are delectable, and the theme is perfectly put across to guests in presentation and flavor.

The service is warm and courteous, our waiter glides to and from our table effortlessly ensuring our tea is fresh and our teacup is always at an adequate level. Moving onto our sweet selection the playful theme of Caesars Imperial Afternoon Tea is emphasized in the design of the pastries. Our selection includes, The David Tower, Coconut and Mango Sphere, Strawberry and Crème, Chocolate Opera and a Lemon Meringue. I begin with the Lemon Meringue, hoping that it will also refresh my palette. Light and refreshing with a firm crisp buttery shortcrust biscuit base, the Lemon Meringue does what is expected. Everyone seems to be enjoying the Chocolate Opera, not being much of a chocolate person myself, I take my fork and place a small piece in my mouth. The moist chocolate sponge is divine, smooth and silky, it may have me reconsidering my opinion of chocolate desserts. Of course, it wouldn’t be Dubai if we didn’t have just a touch of gold, placed firmly on the front is a chocolate coin bearing the mark of Julius Caesar, dusted in gold.

Originally, I had thought that I would have enjoyed the Strawberry and Crème, fresh strawberry jam and Devonshire clotted cream burrowed within a light Victoria sponge with a white chocolate base and strawberry marzipan finishing, what’s not to like? Personally, I find it a bit too rich but then again, I’m not one for overly creamy cakes.
My favorite, and one I would return for, is the Coconut and Mango Sphere, a decadent, African cacao chocolate sphere with a sweet mango center encased in light coconut cream dacquoise topped with a melt-in-your-mouth chocolate sundial, absolute perfection!

Finally, saving the best for last the Freshly Baked Scones are placed before us. Guests have a choice of two types of scone, fruit or plain, we opt for a mix of the two. The scones are served with homemade strawberry jam, zesty lemon curd, rose petal and gold-leaf jelly and Devonshire clotted cream. I can’t begin to express my joy at the authentic clotted cream. I cut into the warm scone spreading a layer of strawberry jam followed by a small helping of clotted cream, superb.

Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon, Caesars Imperial Afternoon Tea offers a unique and memorable afternoon tea experience and something different from what you will find at other hotels in the city.

Caesars Imperial Afternoon Tea is priced at AED 185.

Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai, +971 4 556 6666