Afternoon Tea at The Drawing Room - St. Regis Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi
With all of this history, it is easy to see why the St. Regis Afternoon Tea is something, at least on paper, that is special. I visited The Drawing Room to see if it translated well into reality. With it being the current 'Best AfternoonTea in Abu Dhabi' courtesy of Timeout Magazine, I had added curiosity.
The Drawing Room has a stately but relaxed feel. As we are seated at the window, the ocean view is mesmerizing. The turquoise colour of the water is so captivating, as is watching the breaking waves. True to the original St. Regis with its Jazz influence, I can hear Sarah Vaughn's "You stepped out of a dream". Well, sorry Ms Vaughn, but for me it was like stepping in to a dream. Our table at the oversized windows gives us privacy to the point where it really feels like being in one's own Drawing Room. The world around does not exist for me.
|What awaits you when you have made a reservation|
|A menu that makes you feel Afternoon Tea is a ritual that is highly regarded.|
|TWG offers an incredibly wide selection of tea.|
In anticipation of the serving of the set, my bubbly is poured. It is a Villa Sandi Valdobbiadene Prosecco. My daughter, who has been joined by her friend for the afternoon, gets her milkshake as part of the children's set. For my tea, I have South African rooibos infused with French spices. I cannot help but notice the Furstenberg china by Sieger and the Christofle silver. Again, small indicators of an Afternoon tea where careful thought has gone into everything to elevate the experience.
|For an added feeling of sophistication, bubbly is an option.|
|Children's Afternoon Tea|
|Bubbly with a view|
|One of the highlights - scones.|
|Absolutely delicious savory treats.|
Briefly, the children's set is more than just a scaled down version of the St Regis set. It contains cookies and al a selection of fresh fruit.
Afternoon Tea at St. Regis Saadiyat was everything I expected it to be, and that is from someone who arrived with high expectations. The experience goes deeper than the the selection of sandwiches or sweets. These, it must be said, are impressive in their own right, but the success of the afternoon is collective. The knowledge that you are part of something traditional, at a time in life where many traditional things are eschewed and innovation at all costs is sought makes it worthwhile. Then, there is the view that is in itself priceless. Add to this the St. Regis professional touch and service and you have quite a stellar afternoon.
The low down
The Drawing Room,
The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort,
971 2 498 8888
St Regis Afternoon Tea 140 Dhs
(With Prosecco) 180Dhs
Children's Afternoon Tea 70 Dhs