By THE NATION
This October, the hotel invites you to journey into a tale as old as time with the magical and enchanting story of Beauty and the Beast.
Everyone is familiar with the Prince, cursed to spend the rest of his life living in a fantastical castle as a beast until he finds salvation in the heart of a beautiful girl. Caught stealing a single rose from the Beast’s garden, a desperate merchant exchanges his youngest daughter’s freedom for his own life. The Beast, stripped of his handsome features and compassion, must win her heart, or spend the rest of his life in bitter solitude.
Inspired by this centuries-old fairytale, the hotel’s culinary team have teamed up with award-winning Executive Pastry Chef Yannis Janssens to create an enchanted “A Fairytale Afternoon Tea”.
It will tempt palates with an array of specially designed sweet and savoury treats, complemented by a wide selection of organic teas sourced from Monsoon Teas.
Named one of the Top 10 Pastry Chefs USA by Dessert Professional Magazine in 2010, Belgian native Yannis Janssens was until recently the executive Chef Patissier of Robuchon Bangkok. His wealth of experience also comes from heading the pastry kitchens with the luxury Setai Hotels, the iconic Fountainbleau Hotel Miami, and the fine-dining Japanese Zuma Group.
“With this afternoon tea, we wanted to go beyond the finger sandwiches typically served and move to more exclusive items with premium ingredients,” says Janssens, who among other accolades was also named Baking & Pastry Innovator at the Zest Awards Miami in 2013.
In “A Fairytale Afternoon Tea” inspired by Beauty & The Beast, Janssens pays tribute to the enchanting saga of unconditional love and happily ever after with a whimsical menu of artfully presented savoury creations and sweet confections.
The “Black Forest” created from Tainori 64 pert cent chocolate from the Dominican Republic, cherries and kirsch, opens the narrative in dramatic fashion.
The “Savoury Chapter” unfolds with a variety of gourmet bites of thick smoked salmon, crème fraîche and caviar, unctuous Pata Negra with a confit of sun-dried tomatoes and chorizo aioli, an escargot croissant with indulgent earthy black truffles, and a brioche bursting with succulent lobster and tarragon.
And since no afternoon tea is complete with scones, Janssens includes traditional buttermilk scones and as well as some with his own twist – Comte Cheese & Bacon Scones. Freshly baked, they are served with Passion Apricot Mint marmalade, Home-made Nutella Spread, and Clotted Irish Cream.
The final section, “Sweet Chapter”, is a delectable array of dessert expressions that will indulge any sweet tooth. Starting off with the delicious “Caramel Fleur de Sel & Macadamia Tart”, it is followed by the “Belle Mango - Vanilla & Passion Caramel Rosette” an irresistible interpretation of Beauty’s dress. The luscious “Citron & Basil Tart” and the mouthwatering Tahitian Vanilla Macaron are two more imaginative references to the fairytale. The “Last Petal - Rocher Red Fruits & Rose” is a sweet surprise at the finale.
In addition to these gastronomic gems, the Fairytale Afternoon Tea will feature distinctive decorative touches and design elements to enhance this magical experience.
The afternoon tea is complemented by a wide selection of exceptional wild and free-grown teas, sourced exclusively from organic tea producer, Monsoon Teas.
Guests can choose from three tea collections: Classic Teas with flavours such as Jungle Oolong, Lahu Black, and Siam Blend Black; Infused Aromatic Teas with Lychee Oolong, Coconut Green, and Mango Black; Non-Caffeine Teas, or two blends created exclusively for 137 Pillars.
Additional beverage options include the unique Gin Tonic Tea Pot, Villa Conchi Brut Selection Cava, and Champagne Vieille France NV.
The Fairytale Afternoon Tea (inspired by Beauty & The Beast) is available from 4 October until 1 December 2019 every Friday, Saturday, Sunday between 1 pm – 3 pm and 3.30 pm – 5.30 pm.