Enjoy a Viennese Afternoon Tea experience at The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai between August 15 and 19. By Karishma Sakhrani
Living in a time where everything is plagued by reinvention (even when not necessary),
to be able to partake in an experience that promises to be traditional, charming and delightful in so many ways feels so new! Pastry Chef Fritz Mayer, fifth-generation Master Chef from Austria is currently in India, adding a vast selection of traditional Viennese pastries to the already scrumptious afternoon tea menu of Sea Lounge at The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai. An extensive menu of cakes, slices and cookies will be laid out on the buffet table every evening. From the classic and most famed Sacher torte to the Kardinalschnitte (cardinal slice), which has delicate slices of meringue and vanilla biscuits layered with coffee cream – perhaps my favourite if I can pick one! And if you prefer more delicate flavours to pair with your English breakfast tea, Mayer also has a pleasingly tart raspberry roll cake that’s made with a light-as-air sponge and flavoured whipped cream.
Another traditional dessert, Punschkrapferl, invented during the war between Austria and the Turks in the middle ages, is delicately constructed with layers of rum-soaked sponge, apricot jam and coated in pink sugar. Linzer cookies amongst others add further character, flavour and charm to the ornate gold Charlie that sits pretty on the table in the company of fragrant lilies. All accentuated with the cosy monsoon views of The Gateway and the unmissable tunes of the pianist for background score. I look out of the window and get lost in this fantasy of Austrian coffee culture and pastries. And if you truly want to immerse yourself in the experience, I’d recommend ordering a Kaisermelange (The Emperor’s Melange). The Kaisermelange is made with a shot of strong black coffee, egg yolk and sugar. The egg yolk is whipped with sugar and while stirring the mix, the strong black coffee is added slowly. Best enjoyed with a warm slice of apple strudel.
VIENNESE AFTERNOON TEA
The strudel is made with paper-thin sheets of pastry that envelope a generous mix of the
apple filling – part of the selection of warm desserts that can be ordered to the table in
addition to the cakes and slices on the buffet table. Several cups of tea and many mouthfuls of cake later, my stomach is full and my heart
fuller. A joyful way to celebrate the long weekend!
Date: August 15 – August 19, 2019
Time: 3:30pm – 6:30pm
Venue: The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
Price: INR 2,500 (all inclusive)