Nipa Thai launched their Thai Afternoon Tea (the first of its kind in London) at the start of June. Served on the first floor of the Lancaster London hotel, it is available from Friday to Sunday between 2pm and 4pm. The menu features a selection of sandwiches, savoury nibbles, pastries and scones all beautifully served alongside a selection of traditional and Thai teas.
Our afternoon tea was slightly different due to requiring a menu which accommodated for us being gluten free and vegetarian. The sandwiches that are typically served include chicken on caraway bread, spiced beef with pickled cucumber on white bread and Thai shrimp salad on tomato bread. Instead of this selection, the kitchen worked hard to deliver us some alternatives to the usual menu – but we got the chance to try the chilli, avocado and green papaya sandwiches which were lovely.
We were seated by the window of the restaurant, with wonderful views of Hyde Park just across the road. After settling down, we chose our teas and waited for the array of treats to arrive. A lot of thought has gone into the presentation, with everything being vibrant, clean, beautiful, and clearly delicately created and put together.
The Thai twist to the afternoon tea comes from the ingredients and combination of foods; the pastry selection includes a doughnut of banana and coconut rice, along with a sweet water chestnut, cherry and coconut tart, a milk chocolate & jasmine délice, a bright orange mango sushi roll and a pineapple and lychee log. The water chestnut, cherry and coconut tart was particularly lovely, tasting somewhat similar to a cherry bakewell but definitely more refined.
If you’re for an afternoon tea ‘with a twist on the original’ this is your place.