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Mashrabiya Lounge, Fairmont The Palm
Best Afternoon Tea Winner
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It’s worth taking your time with afternoon tea at Mashrabiya Lounge, because it’s definitely an occasion. Although the lounge is just a room off the main lobby area, it manages to feel secluded, plus there’s the outdoor terrace with impressive views. Once seated, the ceremony begins. Unlike a lot of other afternoon teas, this one arrives in courses, and from the ornate cutlery to the tea menu featuring examples of the leaves, you get a sense of what’s to come. First you’re presented with a starter – on our visit, a crème brûlée. Next up is the tiered tray, balanced with a nice selection of sweet and savoury treats, followed by delicious warm scones, complete with jam and cream. Finally there’s a chocolate buffet to complete the indulgence, plus, if you can’t finish everything, they’ll even pack it up for you.
Dhs110 per person, Dhs230 (with glass of bubbly). Open daily 2pm-6pm. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3457).

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