Afternoon tea has been taken to a whole new level at Argentinian restaurant group Gaucho with the introduction of a tea and cake tasting menu.
The concept of food and wine matching is nothing new, but rarely do restaurants recommend specific teas to match cakes.
From August 1, customers at two Gaucho restaurants – Piccadilly and the O2 Centre – will be able to choose from six pairings chosen by Gaucho staff that match particular Argentinian delicacies with Mat» teas or Argentinian wines.
Pairings include Pear and Almond Tart with Mat» Cedr€n or Luigi Bosca Late Harvest Gewurztraminer 2006 or Dulce de Leche and Mascarpone Sponge with T» negro and rosehip or Zuccardi Serie A Malbec Ros».
Martin Williams, Operations Manager at Gaucho said: “The idea was inspired by both the rustic cakes and mat? which are served in the Cavas of Mendoza and the colonial cake ceremonies which take place in the traditional, grand hotels of Buenos Aires.
"Mate, Alfajores and Dulce de Leche are three of the most exciting culinary treats to come from Argentina, with our afternoon Mat? and Cake Menu, we have combined all three of these taste sensations.”
Customers will be charged £10 for the cake and Mat» option or £13 for cake and wine, but mix and match options are available.
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