Time Out Dubai is the definitive voice on Dubai's best restaurants, including the best afternoon teas. Here's your guide to getting afternoon tea in Dubai.
Tea, scones, maybe even a mini savoury selection, restaurants are going above and beyond with their afternoon teas year after year. That’s why Time Out has visited each and every restaurant on this list, putting them through their paces and assessing aspects including a comfortable and enjoyable setting, service and good value for money. We’ve gone undercover to find out what you’re getting at each venue.
Guests will encounter an elegant and inviting hotel lobby at the entrance of Al Qasr before they even enter this area. With high ceilings, vintage-style wooden ceiling fans plus a glorious view out to the shimmering sea, the Burj Al Arab and also the walkway of Pierchic, this spot feels like a luxurious holiday destination, but also sparks feelings of ‘last days of the Raj' colonial glamour. The room is laid out with mismatched soft seating giving it a warm and homely touch. Patisserie items here are all utterly different, skilful, pretty, and full of surprises, just as patisserie should be. Staff here are attentive and polite.
The fresh, crisp white venue is inviting, as is the enticing selection of sweets on display at the entrance. The French bakery also has a beautiful outdoor terrace. The high tea selection comes on a classic three-tiered stand. Service is professional and efï¬cient with waiters happy to point out their menu favourites and are apt at making recommendations. Sipping the Choix Blend (green tea with mango, guava and rose petals) iced, on the terrace overlooking the creek, made our afternoon. It's sophisticated, classic and chic.
Positioned at the back of Fairmont The Palm's lobby, Mashrabiya Lounge, with its wide, soft armchairs and a spacious outdoor terrace overlooking the hotel's beautiful gardens and beach, seems the perfect location for a relaxed afternoon nibble. The variety of tea is extensive, and when the drinks and you can expect to feast your eyes on a whole range of delicately assembled, beautifully-flavoured pastries, cakes and cookies. Each of the sandwiches are fresh and clearly prepared to order '“ and, as the only savoury element out. The scones are a crumbly, buttery triumph, and the presentation here is faultless.