Cakes, scones, tea and sandwiches at the best afternoon teas in Doha
Time Out Doha staff
November 09, 2014 7:19 AM
Winner Best Afternoon Tea La Mer Oversized tea pots complement dainty finger sandwiches, soft scones and perfect pastries. The quality of the tea is superb, service and cleanliness are both unsurpassable, and jazz music playing overhead while you watch the sun set over from the 23rd floor tops off the afternoon tea experience. Ritz-Carlton, West Bay Lagoon (4484 8000).
Highly commended Al Jalsa As the sun sets, a majestic metal lantern hanging in arabesque Al Jalsa casts soft shadows over the room, adding a touch of romance. The afternoon tea is a highlight, featuring The Ritz-Carlton’s hallmark scones, as well as chocolate-themed desserts. Sharq Village & Spa, Khulaifat (4425 6666).
Lobby Lounge Afternoon tea can be taken in three locations of the sprawling lobby lounge. The selection of finger sandwiches and pastries is among the most extensive, and there’s an Arabian tray with mezze and baklava. With rather generous portions, this may be one of the best values for afternoon tea around. InterContinental Doha The City, West Bay (4015 8888).
Sarab Lounge In Sarab Lounge you can choose from a staggering 100 varieties of tea categorised by colour, and which come with scones served with clotted cream. The Afternoon Tea Experience for two is particularly notable with seven courses including mini burgers, sorbet and macarons plus more. Enjoy it from the comfort of a plush couch in the elegant lobby setting. The St Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4446 0000).
Seasons Tea Lounge The best spots in this spacious living room quarters circa 20th century England are by the windows overlooking the gardens and sea; quite ideal for afternoon tea. With a more British flavour, the scones also come with a warm crumpet – all served with a lovely set of condiments – and dainty desserts. Four Seasons Doha, West Bay (4494 8888).
Torch Tea Garden The recently opened Tea Garden is a funky space with light streaming in, a verdant canopy hanging overhead and a view that goes on for miles. Garden furniture and bright colours are echoed by a menu that’s light and playful. The afternoon tea is equally hip, with tasty hors d’oeuvres, dips and pastries being served. Torch Doha, Aspire Zone (4446 5600).
Tea Lounge The afternoon tea here is generously portioned, competitively priced and good to the last bite. You will want to attack the warm scones, the texture and consistency of which are text book. The tea itself is kept warm in cast iron pots and cups, ensuring a satisfying sip every time. InterContinental Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4484 4444).
W Café This modern take on the afternoon tea truly reflects W Doha’s ethos of chic, stylish living. Small, tasty sandwiches, fabulous colourful cakes and pastries, plus two mini scones come with a hot beverage of your choice. W Doha, West Bay (4453 5353).