All New High Tea at La Maison Des Délices, Kolkata
I still remember: the first picture that came to my mind when I heard the name, La Maison Des Délices, was that of pretty China, steam rising from tea, tiny cupcakes, and bite-size snacks on stands, all arranged elegantly in a beautiful room. Pictures shared by my friends who have visited this bistro and patisserie have magically confirmed that I was right, somehow. Naturally, my surprise knew bounds when came to know about the new High Tea at La Maison Des Délices, Kolkata, launched on 25th November 2016.
All New High Tea at La Maison Des Délices
There are some things that are quintessentially British, and as the clumsiest woman to walk the earth, I sometimes enjoy the daintiness in all things fancy. The idea of high tea is quite like that. That’s why, I had to be there for the launch of Délices’ high tea menu, with my friends from Panch Phoron, as well as other bloggers, to enjoy those delicate little items (and challenge myself to tip over a cake stand, or break the delicate crockery.) Indeed, La Maison Des Délices (which literally translates to “house of delights, by the way), has created a colonial-Kolkata atmosphere, with its wrought iron furniture, checkered floor, swag curtains, paintings depicting Durga puja and sultry women.
So – What is High Tea?
While “high tea” has a sense of sophistication and grace about it, it was far less refined before. Conventionally, high tea is a meal, accompanied by a beverage, and eaten during the early evening hours. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the upper-class British had their Afternoon Tea at around 4pm, as a mini-meal of tea, scones, sandwiches, etc. It was a fashionable social event, meant to bridge the gap between lunch and dinner.
This was not an option for the working class. they had a different schedule and budget. They never returned until later in the evening, and could neither afford tea and scones, nor did these satisfy their hunger. So, they had a heavy meal that could replace dinner.
Soon after, the upper-class British formed their own version of high tea. This was an amalgamation of the traditional high tea and afternoon tea, and was easy to prepare. Over time, the time and menus of high tea have been altered by people according to their changing schedules. But, high tea has still retained its elegance.
High Tea at La Maison Des Délices
Délices’ high tea menu has both savouries and desserts. the savouries on their Classic Afternoon tea include Croquettes, Mini Sliders, Quiches, Canapés, Vou La Vents, Mini Puffs, etc., while the desserts include Profiteroles, Cheese Cakes, Mini Cupcakes, Lemon tart, Truffle Tart, Hazelnut Tart, Raspberry Macaroon, Roasted Nuts and Caramel Tarts, Fresh Fruit Tarts, Assorted Chocolates and Cookies, etc. There are Scones, Marble Cake and Almond cake, too, both plain as well as with raisins and sultanas, and served with served with mascarpone cream, strawberry and apricot jam.
In each platter, there will be three varieties of desserts and three varieties of savouries. You will find two of each variety, meant for two people, of course. Expect to be surprised, as the items on each platter will of the chef’s choice. This is so to create some mystery. Along with the mouth-watering delicacies, you can choose two cups of either tea or coffee. While, for coffee lovers, there’s Café Latte, Cappuccino and Black Coffee to choose from, tea lover can opt for Darjeeling Tea, Green Tea or Classic Assam Tea.
The Items We Were Served
Savouries: Corn and Jalapeño Suppli; BBQ Beans Tartlets; Vol-Au-Vents with Mushroom Ragout; Mexican Baked Potato; Chicken Sausage Puff; Classic Tomato, Olive and Cheddar Bruschetta on Foccacia Bread; Chicken and Cheese Mousse on Salted Pie Crust; Mushroom Pate on Focaccia; Focaccia with Pepper, Olive and Feta; Tuna Salad on Pie Crust; Pesto Chicken and Roast Pepper Finger Sandwiches, etc.
Desserts – Brandy Snap Cigars with Hazelnut Cream and Toasted Almonds; Walnut Brownie; Lemon Tarts; Red Velvet Cupcakes with Pastry Cream; Strawberry Mousse Cake; Chocolate Tarts; Almond Tarts, etc.
What I Liked About Them
The first thing I noticed was how pretty all the food was! It wasn’t just the plating or the garnishing; every item looked so beautiful that it almost felt like a sin to displace them from the plates and stands and put them into the mouth! But, I did it anyway, and I am so glad I did! Each and every item was different from the other in taste, flavours and textures.
I thought Red Velvet Cupcake was quite dry, which gave it a texture that stole all its taste. Some of my favourites were the Corn and Jalapeño Suppli; Vol-Au-Vents with Mushroom Ragout; Mexican Baked Potato; Chicken Sausage Roll; Chicken and Cheese Mousse on Salted Pie Crust; Walnut Brownie; Lemon Tarts; Chocolate Tarts; and Strawberry Mousse Cake. I would go back there for that Chicken and Cheese Mousse on Salted Pastry Shell in a heartbeat. And the Strawberry Mousse Cake! I’m still having elaborate dreams and daydreams about it!
I thought Red Velvet Cupcake was quite dry, which gave it a texture that stole all its taste. Surprisingly for me, I loved some of the veg items as much as the non-veg ones! One thing noticeable was their distinctiveness in each of the things I tried. Interestingly, every time someone orders for high tea here, he will be surprised with a new assortment. So, you can walk in as many times as you want, and you’ll not be bored by the same items! The High Tea at La Maison Des Délices is served between 3 pm and 7 pm daily. So, whether you’re looking for an afternoon tea with colleagues or a high tea with girlfriends, you can choose your timing. Take a few more glimpses of what you might get to enjoy! All this is priced at just Rs. 275 (taxes incl.) for two people, by the way. So, drop in, because a lot can happen over High Tea – at Delices in Hindustan Park.