Tea Time

Mai Pham | February 27, 2018 | Feature Features National

Our friends across the pond have long celebrated the tradition of high tea in the afternoon, but H-Town's turning its own new leaf on the classic respite. From colonial Indian to dim sum spreads, here are a few of the most fun spins on England's poshest pastime.
Sweet treats like huge macaroons come with tea service at award-winning Yauatcha.

The three-course afternoon tea begins in colonial India with chef Kiran’s signature chai tea, and a mushroom and feta samosa. Then, it’s off to the Himalayas for Darjeeling tea and a selection of finger sandwiches filled with delights like vindaloo deviled eggs. The final stop is Great Britain, of course, with proper English Earl Grey, warm cranberry and orange scones, petits fours and a selection of desserts like a chai tres leches parfait. From $40, 2925 Richmond Ave., 713.960.8472

London’s Michelin-starred concept heats things up with a prix fixe lunch service known as Yum Cha. A contemporary take on the Cantonese tradition of dim sum with tea, the service includes one of six exotic loose leaf teas, three rounds of dim sum—including a basket of dumplings, shrimp steamed noodles and fried bites—and a sweet ending with the award-winning raspberry delice pastry. From $30, 5045 Westheimer Road, 713.357.7588

Hotel Sorella
With six 1950s-inspired botanical cocktails to choose from, high tea at Hotel Sorella, offered in the lobby lounge in conjunction with Radio Milano Restaurant, marries traditional tea service with the Mad Men-era martini hour. Select from 12 different teas by Paris’ famous Dammann Frères while nibbling on canapes—think mini crabcakes or bruschetta with beef and tomato—and sweets like French macarons and mini apple tarts. From $25, 800 Sorella Court, 713.973.1600


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