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Swapping scones for dim sum: Chai Wu launches Chinese Afternoon Tea

Swapping scones for dim sum: Chai Wu launches Chinese Afternoon Tea IMAGE: PR

Are you just thrilled to bits when you get yet another cucumber sandwich and buttermilk scone with a pot of Earl Grey tea at Afternoon Tea? We’re not; we’re done and dusted with the traditional type and keen for a shake-up. Enter, Chai Wu.

We’ve all had a wander and a mooch at least once or twice through the opulent floors of the world famous luxury department store, Harrods. And although it doesn’t strike you as the place whereby you can dine on a few plates of some fine Asian cuisine after you’ve gawked at the Hublot watches and sneakers by Giuseppe Zanotti, you can in fact do just this at the fifth floor restaurant Chai Wu.

Since opening in 2015, they’ve impressed guests with their exotic, tasty and colourful selection of soups, dim sum and small dishes. And they’ve recently upped their game with the launch of a new Chinese Afternoon Tea menu at the contemporary Chinese restaurant Chai Wu. Located on the fifth floor of Harrods, the restaurant will host a unique tea experience; embracing the rich history of Chinese tea and indulging guests with a feast of refined cuisine, presenting an exciting alternative to London’s traditional afternoon tea menus.

That’s right — farewell macaroons, butter scones and cucumber sandwiches: your previous post on that three-tiered stand is getting a makeover. Chai Wu’s Head Chef Tong Fatt Kok has crafted a tantalising menu of contemporary Chinese delicacies such as Kaya ToastWagyu beef puff topped with gold leaf, Lobster wonton, and prawn dumpling with caviar, to name a few (we can’t give you too many spoiler alerts!).


Afternoon-Tea-16 Swapping scones for dim sum: Chai Wu launches Chinese Afternoon Tea


To compliment these sweet little bites, the afternoon tea at Chai Wu features six Chinese fine teas, such as: Chrysanthemum Flower Tea and Ali Shan High Mountain Tea. Harrods Own range will also be available should you prefer to stick to your English roots.

As always, save stomach space for the sweet course too — expect unusual desserts that are pleasantly suprising, such as a a coconut and brown sugar filled pandan pancake roll. 

Diners can even amp up this luxurious experience and go all out with a flute of Moutard Brut or Moutard Rose Champagne.

The menu will be served daily, priced at £59 per head or £69 per head with a glass of Champagne. Reservations are required.

Go on, treat yo’self.

Chai Wu

Harrods, 87–135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7XL


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