A is for Afternoon Tea
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Once Christmas is over, and the fireworks signal the start of the New Year, it can be too easy to start feeling the dreaded January blues. I'll admit they've been creeping up on me this last week or so (mainly after checking my bank balance) but luckily I had something to look forward to. I'd booked the table and paid the deposit, and we finally kicked off our Alphabet Dating challenge with afternoon tea at beautiful Almondine!
Aberdeen's only French patisserie has been on my must visit list for far too long, and this seemed like the perfect excuse to check out their famous afternoon tea. A is also for Almondine, which seems to be confusing some people into thinking we're trying different restaurants in alphabetical order! We're actually trying to choose activities or events for each letter, although it is fair to assume that many of them will end up being food based! This is Dinner Stories after all...
Rows of pretty pastel macarons and a warm welcome met us as we entered, and were guided to our seats by the window. Parisian décor and hints of duck egg blue create that soft and dreamy, relaxing ambience. A cold, crisp glass of pink fizz was just what the doctor ordered. Gordon took the role of designated driver but the signature hot chocolate looked just as much of a treat! I'm not a hot chocolate fan (chocolate water, no thanks) but this was the real deal - rich, thick, deliciously smooth and perfectly sweet.
Naturally we tucked into the sandwiches first, working our way from the bottom up. A classic selection of beef, ham and mustard, cucumber and egg and cress, each of them were fine. At £22.50 per person, I would have liked to see something a little different on this tier - maybe a mini version of the filled croissants and savoury crepes from their lunch menu?
The scones rounded up the first layer, smothered in cream and topped with raspberry jam, before we moved onto the piece de resistance - the handmade patisserie! Where do I even begin? Gordon loved being all manly with his tiny cakes and teacups...
The charlotte - with it's purple polka dot almond sponge and blackcurrent mousse filling - was my favourite by a mile, closely followed by the chocolate opera cake. Of course it wouldn't be Almondine without a taste of their exceptional macarons!
I really enjoyed our afternoon date - I'd highly recommend a visit, but save afternoon tea for a special occasion! It was a lovely little treat but if you're on a budget, perhaps just a macaron or two will do. Next time I'll be popping in for a taste of these delicately crafted, almost too pretty to eat mango and passion fruit bonbons!
Would you give alphabet dating a go?
What would your 'A' be?