February 2, 2013

Pret-a-Portea at The Berkeley

On December 27th of last year (yes, it took me a month to blog about it), I checked out the Prêt-à-Portea afternoon tea at The Berkeley. Advertised as a Fashionista's Afternoon Tea, The Berkeley usually offers 3 options depending on if and which champagne you choose. Unfortunately during the holiday season, only the champagne options were available. Thus at 3pm, my companion and I checked in to our reservation and settled on the Champagne Prêt-à-Portea for £49 each.

The Autumn 2012 - Winter 2013 menu features all-you-can-eat tea sandwiches, savory tasters and desserts. However, having just one try at each creation was sufficiently satisfying. The menu changes every six months to reflect the newest fashion on the runway.

My glass of Laurent Perrier NV really complemented the tea sandwiches and tasters. The champagne's crispiness contrasts with the soft texture of the sandwiches. After just one sip, Laurent Perrier instantly became my favorite champagne.

Onto the runway-inspired desserts!

The collection in detail (click for enlarged photos)

Burberry Prorsum layered praline, dulcey cream and chocolate mousse trench coat topped with violet umbrella
Giambattista Valli macaroon with rose ganache and lavish chocolate ruffles
Prada nougatine and beriolette mousse with geometric pattern
Yves Saint Laurent "Cabas Chyc" green Victoria sponge cake handbag
Diane Von Furstenberg pink lady apple mousse and kalamancy cremeux topped with interlocking sugar puzzles
Marc Jacobs double breasted chocolate biscuit blazer with sparkly pink icing
Manolo Blahnik "Neurotica" pink polka dot cake pumps with gianduja cream
Fendi maple and ginger ankle boot biscuit with yellow and black icing
Lanvin chocolate and orange mousee topped with French meringue
"Well Being" Fruit Infusions in "Posh Pomelo & Melon"

Some more desserts to-go

Who doesn't love edible fashion? The treats were a bit too sweet, but it was a wonderful experience nonetheless. Stay tuned for an upcoming review of another afternoon tea date at The Langham!

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