The Waldorf Astoria in Amsterdam recently launched their new Summer Afternoon Tea.
If there’s one thing I feel like is missing currently in Amsterdam, it’s the fact that we don’t have many choices when it comes to afternoon teas. Of course, the afternoon tea isn’t as ingrained in the food culture here as it is in England, in fact, it is not a Dutch thing at all. But we don’t have anything like it. Between lunch and dinner there’s this big gap that is only filled by drinking coffee – lots of it.
The afternoon tea at Waldorf Astoria is served in the hotel’s Peacock Alley. Last year’s afternoon tea was honey-themed – this year the focus is definitely more playful with tongue-in-cheek twists. The afternoon tea starts with a an ice cocktail of Earl Grey, blackcurrants and elderflower, topped off with cotton candy (highly instagrammable and so delicious). Cones of tuna tartare with wasabi (loved this), mini ham sandwiches, a salmon and cucumber wafer and a calippo-inspired vegetable dip make up the savory part of the afternoon tea. From there you’re treated to cute mini pink ‘Magnums’ of rose, yogurt and raspberry, a hazelnut praline oublie, cream wafers and mango and blueberry financiers (light and sweet).
A good afternoon tea should have a balance between sweet and savory dishes and there should always be scones – with clotted cream of course! The afternoon tea is served with a light rose infusion. Very subtle but beautiful to complement the sweets.