May 15, 2013

Eats: Kiran's Afternoon Tea

I've been wanting to try Kiran's afternoon tea for some time now. They have it every second Saturday of the month, from 3-5pm. Unlike your traditional afternoon tea where everything is served on a tiered tray and you get a pot of tea of your choice, Kiran's experience is more of a tea pairing.

Upon sitting, we were asked if we wanted lemonade or sparkling wine. I chose the lemonade. Although it was on the sweet side, I liked the hint of mint in it - reminiscent of a virgin mojito. We were then served a samosa that was paired with Masala chai tea.

Lemonade starter

Mushroom & Goat Cheese Samosa with Chutney

Masala Chai Tea
Next was a plate of finger sandwiches that was paired with Lovers Leap orange pekoe tea. We were served: cucumber with cream cheese & mint, salmon salad, chicken salad, spinach & goat cheese, and egg salad. The star of this plate was the chicken salad! Unfortunately, their choice of bread was disappointing. I assume it was potato bread but whatever bread it was, it tasted stale.

Finger Sandwiches
Next up was scones with homemade berry sauce and clotted cream. This was paired with Margarets Hope darjeeling tea. This made up for the lackluster we experienced with the finger sandwiches. Frankly, it was the best part of the whole tea experience.

And finally, dessert! It was just okay. I could've done without this part, the scones was good enough.

For $35 per person, I really expected more out of this experience. I felt the atmosphere fit the money - they provided valet parking, had a live harpist, the waitstaff were very professional - but the food fell short. I'm not sure if reservation is required but it's definitely recommended.

4100 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX

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