This High Tea in Cape Town is keeping abreast with food trends and offering vegans something truly indulgent.
Head Pastry Chef at the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa Gina Marziani has crafted a truly unique offering of sweet and savoury delights that lack nothing in flavour and is 100% vegan.
When I first heard of it, I expected tray of delights that would be flavourless and uninspired, and thank goodness I was wrong.
The Vegan High Tea is served at The Leopard Bar at the 12 Apostles, so I should of known better than to entertain the idea that it would be devoid of flavour. It was the perfect setting — while waiting for the nibbles I soaked up the sea view and tried to imagine what would arrive.
My guesses were nowhere near what I was served, the highlights being the coconut panna cotta with a pineapple and passion fruit compote and the chocolate slice with a hazelnut praline.
I started at the top of the tray and paused at the scone, because it was so light and fluffy.
Chef Marziani says: “The scones have almond milk and it’s all vegan,” because I frowned and thought she might have slipped full cream dairy milk into the mixture, but she didn’t.
Similarly, the banana and walnut loaf was sweet and well balanced, I wanted a full portion — and the recipe.
There is chocolate on the menu but Chef Marziani is quick to point out she uses Valhorna Manjari which is a single origin cooking chocolate with no milk.
The chocolate slice with hazelnut praline should definitely be enjoyed last and is one of the menu items that you could serve to a non-vegan and they wouldn’t know the difference.
This is a key element of the High Tea offering because it is an indulgence beyond the label of “vegan” and “non-vegan”.
Chef Marziani says: “I’ve always been very passionate about chocolate and dark chocolate is still so nice and versatile to use,” which indicates she was never going to serve a High Tea with no chocolate.
This menu is the perfect surprise for that special vegan friend in your life who is always complaining about the limited dishes when eating out. Book your spot at this High Tea and surprise them with the smorgasbord of sweet and savoury treats that will leave them with only good food memories.
The Vegan High Tea is available daily in the Leopard Bar and Conservatory from 10h00 to 16h00 at R375 per person. 24 hours notice is required for a booking.
For more information and to book, contact Restaurant Reservations on 021 437 9029 or [email protected]