If you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate the festival of lights, then you’re in luck because the award-winning Daawat Indian restaurant at the Strand Palace Hotel has launched a thoroughly Indian afternoon tea, or High Chai.
Out go the finger sandwiches, and in come delicious Indian-inspired nibbles such as a Kolhapuri wrap (succulent chicken with roasted Rajasthani spices and bell peppers), Mumbai Burgers, a spiced potato patty tucked into a soft brioche bun and Chatpata Paneer roll – crispy filo pastry stuffed with Chatpata Paneer.
Leave some room for the sweets, because they’re more dazzling than a Bollywood dance sequence. We’re talking all the favourites; Rasmalai, mango and pistachio burfi, Kaju Katli and Motichoor Ladoo.
Head Chef Asharaf Valappil (winner of Best Chef at this year’s Curry Life Awards) reimagines the genteel English scone with a new version involving luscious cream cardamom, currants and Keralan spices.
You can wash down the lavish feast with a choice of loose leaf or herbal infused teas, but we loved the masala chai (of course!) best. Want to make the experience even more special? Check out the selection of fizz and wine, all proudly sourced from India.
We loved this experience in the heart of London - the Strand Palace Hotel is within easy each of the South Bank, Covent Garden and the West End.
It’s the perfect way to kick start hen party proceedings, treat your family or just celebrate the festival of lights, Diwali.
Prices start from £29.95
Diwali Afternoon Tea at Daawat, Strand Palace Hotel, 372 Strand, London, WC2R 0JJ
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