You just know that an afternoon tea beginning with a chocolate-themed guessing game is going to be good – and it didn’t disappoint! One Square is the Sheraton Hotel restaurant opposite Usher Hall, and their afternoon tea is a little bit different from all the rest. Think chocolate, lots of chocolate.
The first thing we were presented with was a trunk of tea leaves. We were left alone to open the jars and inhale the different powdery scents before choosing our favourite. The rose and mint tea caught my attention, while Rebecca went for a blushing pink fruity concoction.
Teas selected, we were brought a curious plate of airy chocolate mousses to sample, ‘Amuse Bouche’. The waiter left us with the mysterious flavours, and said all would be revealed once we’d finished. We did not bad, and I won’t spoil the surprise; but that yellow one is pretty special!
Swiftly afterwards our server appeared with the centrepiece afternoon tea. It was stunning, and incredibly imaginative. The savouries included BBQ sirloin of beef, tomato and rocket on a delicately crisp bread; and my personal favourite, stilton cheese, pear chutney and micro rocket.
We descended upon the upper tiers, impatient to sample all of the cocoa delights! I loved the dark chocolate sphere that was filled with a balsamic gel. Rebecca’s favourites were the white chocolate ice cream lollipop with cracking crystals, and the warm chocolate doughnut.
After we had devoured this, yet another plate was delivered to our table. This one had dainty scones, clotted cream and a sensational rhubarb compote. I have to praise the white chocolate and coriander scone – I haven’t ever tasted one quite like it! To accompany the scones, were were served nostalgic strawberry and chocolate milkshake in little glass bottles. A very nice touch.
At £27 each, this was one of the pricier afternoon teas I’ve enjoyed in Edinburgh; but it was so good I really didn’t mind. The chocolate afternoon tea is only available until November 31st, but I’m sure they’ll have created something just as wonderful for the Christmas season. I may just have to go back to find out…