The Tea Room Of Treats
One sugar or two? It's always tea time at Joburg's authentic English tea room. And the cake is up to the Queen's high standards too.
As a birthday treat I met my friends at 'The Tea Room'. It was like walking into a typical English Tea Room one finds in the Cots-world of England. It is set within the Crabtree & Evelyn store at the Design Quarter.
What sets this place a part from other tea and coffee places is its attention to detail. Crabtree & Evelyn is a sophisticated English brand and the tea shop represents just that. Everything inside was picture perfect. The waitress was dressed the part with her frilly apron and friendly smile. The decor is floral and country chic. Even the food was very English with cream scones and Pimms on the menu. And what makes it even more special is that they serve their own blends of teas, infusions, preserves and cookies using their own Crabtree & Evelyn crockery.
The cakes on display were irresistibly unusual and adventurous. To name a few: Blueberry & Beetroot Cake, Rosemary Cheese Cake. Naturally I had to have some. I had only just had breakfast but nothing was stopping me. Our friendly waitress recommended the Plum Cordial to drink. Before we knew it, we were all well on our second round.
To eat I went with the scrambled eggs on wholemeal toast. One of the best I have had in a while. The secret ingredients- cream cheese and herbs. And to finish things off I shared a slice of the Rosemary Cheese cake. The guilt of having the whole thing was too much after the rich scrambled eggs.
I am trying very hard to think of any 'bad' points about it; but I honestly can't. Even the bill was friendly on our purses.
It's best to try keep it our secret.
Design Quarter, Fourways, Johannesburg
by Litza Karatzoglou