Monday, August 18


On a mini exploration of Abu Dhabi to find the best high tea, brought us to the beautiful, although a little under developed, Saadiyat Island.  We arrived at the very grand St Regis Hotel, which is one of the few properties complete on the island, to indulge in some crust-less sandwiches and rich cream scones.  How very English.

The high tea is laid out in what the Hotel call the Drawing Room (aka the Lobby) and if you are fortunate enough to get a seat by the window, the views are simply beautiful.  You’ll see from my pictures that the sea is a gorgeous blue and the scenic landscaping takes you out of the UAE for moments as you could con yourself into believing you were in the tropics somewhere.  Okay wake up, back to the food review…

The high tea consisted of a trio of delicacies, savories, sweets and more sweets (menu here!).  The sandwiches were cute and well presented and were probably the best element of the high tea. I was a little disappointed by the scones, as they were served with whipped cream instead of clotted cream (criminal) contrary to what was written on the menu.   The deserts cater for every taste and there wasn’t one that particular stood out.  

Assortment of Sandwiches
Broche quail egg mayonnaise
Tomato and cucumber on white bread
Smoked salmon on soda bread
Chicken curry apple in a sundried tomato soft roll
Air dried beef with cornichon mustard pickles on pumpernickel bread

Sweet Treats
Freshly baked raison scones with Devonshire clotted cream and artisan strawberry jam
Crunchy chocolate trio cake
Caramek yuzu macaroon
Lemon cremeux choux
Pineapple ice bombon
Milk chocolate hazelnut coffee

Including the tax and service charge, the cost was AED150 per head.

The accompanying tea I opted for was the Chocolate Earl Grey, a fuse of black tea with notes of dark chocolate.  The aroma was sensational but the taste was a little too aromatic for my palate, so I wasn’t able to finish the pot.

All in all, I had a wonder afternoon but the search to find the ultimate high tea experience in AUH continues.  I would absolutely return to this hotel as it is so picturesque, the grounds are stunning and it would be great to spend a pool day here.