By Salma Patel
Before you even see it, you can smell it. And, that in itself gives you that “high” for a High-Tea with a difference. That’s one of the real tests of good food, really. It has to smell good, look good and taste good. By far, the new Durban Indian High Tea concept from Jeera Restaurant at Suncoast Hotel & Towers scores top marks in all three categories. No more boring cucumber sandwiches – now you get cumin in there that plays on your palate!
Described as a journey on your plate, the sweet tiny treats are arranged on a double-decked glass server features such authentic Durban-style treats like poli truffles and burfee shortbread. That’s the sweet option. The pink poli truffles are a treat for the senses – a crunchy coconut shell surrounding a melt-in-the-mouth chocolate and cardamom centre. It’s a different take on a popular Diwali treat and it may prove quite a delight, too.
But, it’s the burfee shortbread that really captures the essence of this high-tea with a difference. Burfee is the traditional milky sweetmeat reserved for special Indian festivities like weddings and celebrations. This time it’s incorporated into a shortbread that has the perfect amount of cardamom and care that sails you off to another aromatic land of wonder. And, that’s just the sweet treats, honey!
And if you choose the savory option you can indulge in mini salmon bagels with paneer cheese – a handmade Indian dairy spread made from pure soured milk; cucumber and cumin finger sandwiches as well as Executive Chef Sandren Govender’s signature butter chicken cigars.
The ultimate sensory tea service launched at Suncoast Towers hotel this week features a wide selection of unique specialty teas including the aromatically spiced, Bombay and Masala chai served alongside delectable sweet and savoury offerings – some, as unique as, the delicate rose macaroon, infused with fragrant rose petals.
“We are pleased to bring this authentic offering to our guests which perfectly combine the traditional with eastern flavours and a modern twist. This is indeed a unique Durban tea experience which is heightened with the unusual selection of tea-time treats,” says general manager Adrian Penny.Crafted by executive chef Sandren Govender, the distinctively tailored experience promises to indulge the senses with a host of luxurious fare personalised and elegantly served to your table.
“This tailor-made approach allowed for authentic creativity to come through quite strongly in the kitchen. We know at the end of the collaboration with our team, we have something unique to offer our guests,” says executive chef Sandren Govender.
He added that the concept was carefully planned and created incorporating the senses and relaxation associated with the afternoon tea experience.
“Much time was invested in crafting this concept where our primary goal was to take our guests through a journey of spice and distinctive flavour through confectionary – where tea becomes a conversation piece,” says guest relations manager Palvi Oddone Aquino.
High Tea is served throughout the week (depending on availability) between 2pm and 4.30pm and will be only be available for groups of four or more.
Cost: R150 per person
Conclusion: It’s a great treat for the family, mothers-in-law, and even an afternoon adventure with the girls. I really recommend you try this one. It’s fabulous, darling!