Historically, the taking of afternoon tea with a combination of light savory and sweet treats has always been a stylish affair. While the concept of afternoon tea was popularized in England by the seventh Duchess of Bedford in the late 19th century, the custom of drinking tea goes back to the third millennium BC in China. How fitting then, that the next step in the evolution of tea time is in Shanghai? The result is a glamorous collaboration featuring the ingenious cuisine of Jean-Georges served on Rosenthal Meets Versace tableware.
The simple lines of the Rosenthal plates and cups are the perfect canvas for an explosion of color from the boldest jewel tones to the most delicate pastels. The multicolored pieces feature iconic Versace motifs from the unmistakable Medusa head to winding metallic borders.
The enchanting serving pieces are so beautiful that you nearly forget about the food, but luckily the culinary wizards at Jean-Georges have not. Executive chef Nikolai Grigorov and pastry chef Seani Lin have worked together to present a tea tower as exquisitely designed as Versaces latest collection that tastes as good as it looks.
The savory components include the restaurants signature softly poached organic egg, caviar, whipped yogurt and herbs and the classic combination of king salmon, cucumber and herbed crme fraiche on toast. Avocado with chipotle emulsion is served on crispy rice is an especially creative bite, while a foie gras terrine with dried sour cherries and candied pistachios is the perfect segue to dessert.
Artfully decorated, a tropical island influenced brownie tart, glistening red berry rouge with sugar flowers and garden-adorned white chocolate ganache and yuzu number all pop beautifully against the botanical-themed plate, but the simple hazelnut financier is not to be overlooked.
The iconic Three on the Bund building, with its Neo-Renaissance style and Baroque details, is the ideal setting for the lavish yet elegant midday pause. Take in the always impressive Lujiazui and river views from the pristine JG dining room while you sip tea and bubbly like a boss.
Enjoy the whole experience including two glasses of Perrier-Jout Champagne for RMB888. Dont forget to book ahead, because daily quantities are limited.
[All images courtesy of Three on the Bund]
Jean-Georges, 4/F, 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, by Guangdong Lu 34, (6321 7733)\n