Our tea-time experience got off to a shaky start: on arriving, we were asked if we’d made a reservation as afternoon tea takes about 20 minutes to prepare, which was irksome because we’d called beforehand, only to be told we didn’t need to make a booking. However, this was soon forgotten when our piping-hot drinks were poured and we were presented with three-layered tray of goodies, including traditional scones and clotted cream, delicious pastries and finger sandwiches (the Scottish smoked-salmon roll was particularly good). The tea selection is pretty impressive, to say the least – there are 13 types on offer, ranging from traditional favourites such as Earl Grey, Darjeeling and Assam breakfast to Moroccan mint, yellow gold oolong, lemon verbana and Japanese sencha. Overall, an elegant yet relaxed affair.
Spiffing rating: 8/10
Dhs115 for two. Daily 3pm-7pm. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira (04 317 2222).