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Sunday 21 September 2014

Revel in delicious luxury: Tempo Tea at The Four Seasons

In a town obsessed with brunch, afternoon tea provides a a luxuriously different experience.

Patricia Murphy

Published 23/06/2014 | 13:42

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Tempo tea at The Four Seasons

In a town obsessed with brunch, the prospect of tucking into a little something different of a sunny afternoon is often much desired.

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Dublin offerings of gooey poached eggs and Gubbeen bacon upon crunchy sourdough are countless these days and although it’s often what the weekend hangover calls for, treating oneself to a touch more indulgence can never be a bad thing.

At The Four Seasons, choux heaven is about to land on those inclined to tea-sipping in the sun with the upcoming launch of their elegant Tempo Tea experience. Inspired by the artwork of acclaimed artist Michael Warren, which features in the hotel’s sunshine scattered courtyard, the spanking new afternoon tea menu spins the traditional with their fresh and innovative handmade pastries, which were happily scoffed during last week’s uncharacteristically beautiful weather.

Inspired by the artist’s use of balance, Head Chef Alberto Rossi served up a stunning array of pastries, each focusing on two of the season’s freshest flavours.  Beautiful wafer cones, side-by-side, brimming with Coronation chicken were the first to capture our attention, sitting pretty on the top shelf of the elegant presentation and eaten with enthusiastic gusto.

Happily sipping a steaming cup of mint tea, infused with citrusy lemon verbena, other savoury treats drifted by in a delicious blur featuring cured Irish salmon upon a soft chive scone and creamy a creamy avocado and crab mille-feuille did much to hit the spot.

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Perhaps the most strange combination of the lot, crispy choux with foie gras and chocolate, was in fact a highlight, followed closely by mouthfuls of thyme and lemon éclair, a scrumptious pistachio and strawberry sweet symphony, a dense and moist coconut and lemon cake as well as a deep spoonful of tangy mango panna cotta.

 

If the impressive display of gorgeous bitefuls doesn’t fill, the perfected scone recipe, which has been a work in progress for a number of years, is sure to top off the experience on a high. Offering traditional clotted cream and tarty jam, the tangy lemon curd was what was shovelled upon the buttery afternoon tea staple in this case.

"Innovation is at the heart of what we stand for at Four Seasons Hotel Dublin. In creating Tempo Tea, we wanted to step away from the formality of Afternoon Tea by making it more fun and engaging.

With this in mind, we invited Michael Warren, the internationally acclaimed artist, to showcase a number of his works, so that we could be challenged to think more creatively," said Robert Nolan, General Manager of The Four Seasons Hotel.

Tea sippers do not have to wait much longer with Tempo Tea available from July 1. Prices range from €36 to €50 per person, depending on whether a glass of bubbly is desired. A reasonable shell out for a wonderful afternoon spent revelling in delicious bites, fun and ultimate luxury.

For more information visit: fourseasons.com or Tel: (01) 665 4000.    

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