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Armani/Lounge, Armani Hotel Dubai
Nominated for Best Afternoon Tea
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Located in the somewhat austere surroundings of Armani Hotel’s quiet ground-floor lounge, this is probably one of the few afternoon teas in town that will serve you sandwiches featuring huge chunks of fresh lobster and delicately sliced scallops. Arriving on a classic tiered tray, the sandwiches come in a variety of different breads, sitting beneath a tray of mini tarts and a level above perfectly moist, thick slices of banana cake and fruitcake (excellent with a cup of Earl Grey, or indeed the sharp lemongrass mocktail included). While scones are presented hot, the lack of clotted cream lets the tradition down.
Dhs280 (with one mocktail), Dhs360 (with glass of bubbly and fresh berries), Dhs900 (with glass of vintage bubbly, caviar and trio of oysters). Served daily 3pm-6pm. Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3888).

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