I’ve enjoyed a number of classic afternoon teas in my time but recently I had my first fusion afternoon tea courtesy of Solo Kitchen + Bar in Belfast. My Mum-in-law and I lingered over Solo’s new afternoon tea offering last Sunday before doing a spot of shopping. This was my first time visiting Solo Kitchen + Bar, which is a relatively new addition to the Belfast restaurant scene. It’s interior is very modern with Asian influences throughout.
Upon arrival we were greeted by very friendly waiting staff and given a choice of tea or coffee. We both broke with tradition and choose coffee, which was served it nice big cups. We were also served a glass of prosecco each (I abstained!).
Once the food was served we got stuck right in working from the bottom up. The bottom tier had influences from America, India and France with mini BBQ pulled pork slidders, samosas and brie croquettes. These were all really delicious. The pork sliders in brioche baps were sticky and sweet, the samosas had a nice amount of filling and spices, and the fried cheese croquettes were sooo yum (I could have easily had a couple of these)!
Whilst munching on the middle tier we sampled flavours from Italy, Ireland and Great Britain. There were mini bruschettas, wheaton bread with smoked salmon and coronation chicken sandwiches. The mini bruschettas were the highlight for me as I loved the thick slices of focaccia bread used.
The top tier had two mini fruit scones, two generous slice of chocoloate fudge cake and mini mango panacottas served in tall slim glasses. I adore scones and always look forward to this part of the afternoon tea the most but I would have liked them to be little bit bigger and softer. They were served with really generous amounts of cream and two types of jam. The slices of chocolate cake felt a little out of place amongst all the mini food offerings but I gobbled it up non-the-less! The mango dessert was definitely the best tasting of the sweet treats. It was really refreshing, tangy and light to eat. Plus they looked really elegant on the plate.
If you like your afternoon tea to be more savoury orientated and enjoy flavours from around the world then this is the afternoon tea for you! I’ve been to many afternoon teas were the scones and sweet offerings are the main event so it was nice to experience something a little different. The staff were really attentive and frequently checked to see if my Mum-in-law or I needed anything else.
Check out the fusion afternoon tea menu for yourself.
Thank you to Solo Kitchen + Bar for inviting me to sample the new fusion afternoon tea. This was an open and honest review of my experience.