09 December 2011

Suka - The Real Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Dive down into the rabbit hole with me to experience the “real” Mad Hatter’s Tea at Suka located comfortably at the Sanderson Hotel in Soho.  Can you think of a better place for me to visit to write my first review about tea other than London?  This place is phenomenal.  This is NOT your basic traditional British tea with just scones and tea sandwiches.  The only thing that would have made this visit even better is if Prince Harry would have joined me for tea!

The Infamous Lips

My first thought when I made my grand entrance into the Sanderson hotel was “what twisted and beautiful mind came up with this concept?”  I mean, seriously, big red lips greet you at the door!  I knew when I saw them that I was going to LOVE this place.  The tea theme was even better: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party!  What girl—and let’s be honest, guys—hasn’t had a day dream about going to that fantabulous tea party with Miss Alice.  I should not have been surprised since Sanderson is part of the Morgan’s Hotel Group and one of their goals is to “create an engaging, one-of-a-kind customized experience”.  The second you step into the beautiful courtyard garden, you are immediately transferred to another world.  I promise you will not be disappointed after you hop across the pond like I did to experience your very own fairytale world.

Suka @ Sanderson Hotel

Don’t worry, there won’t be a riddle like the one the Hatter asked Alice.  Who knows “why is a raven like a writing desk” and after you experience the tea, you really won’t care.  What I can tell you is that you better bring your appetite and you will not leave the tea party with the same attitude that Alice had when she left her tea party.  Here is just a taste:

Chocolate Opera Rabbit’s Clock
You won’t want to be late for this very important date with the delicious chocolate and coffee layered sponge cake.  As a chocolate lover this little piece of heaven was so good and light that it LITERALLY melted in my mouth.  There really is no reason to say more.

Chocolate Opera Rabbit's Cake

“Eat Me” and “Drink Me”
Unfortunately the “Drink Me” potion will not cause you to shrink—trust me I tried—but it is more than delicious.  The “Drink Me” potion comes in a cute little brown bottle and is an amazing concoction of passion fruit jelly, coconut panna-cotta and “exotic foam”.  As usual, I am not sure what all these items are but when they come together pure magic happens. 

The Queen of Hearts Strawberries and Cream Mousse “Eat Me” Cake just might make you blow up if you keep eating them.  It is hard to just eat one.  I must admit that I did steal a bite from my sister’s plate when she wasn’t looking.

"Eat Me" Strawberry Mousse Cake & "Drink Me" Potion

The Lollipops
I know I probably should have saved the lollies for dessert but I started with them!  I was like a kid in a candy shop.  The Blueberry Lollipop not only will turn your mouth blue but it will also turn your mouth from hot to cold!  I do not know the secret behind it but it sure was a lot of fun trying to find out.

Blueberry Lollipop & Hazelnut Praline Ice Cream Lollipop

How many licks does it take to finish the Hazelnut Praline Ice Cream Lollipop?  Just one!  Although the actual mouth time is not very long the aftermath goes on for several minutes.  I am not sure of the secret behind this sensation, but if I had to guess, it would be that they put pop rocks on in the lollipop which causes it to tickle the back of your throat

British Tea Traditions
If you really want to have the traditional British tea experience, don’t worry because they still have finger sandwiches and scones to fill that void.  You have a full spectrum of choices when it comes to these yummy sandwiches.  The Rainbow Coloured Finger Sandwiches come in four flavors: Ham & English Mustard, Smoked Salmon, Cucumber & Black Pepper and Egg Mayonnaise Cress.  I thought there were only a few types of bread, but they managed to find: saffron bread, green spinach bread, beetroot bread and regular brown bread.  The manager told me that they did not use food coloring.

Rainbow Coloured Finger Sandwiches

You also have two scone choices with clotted cream and jams.  I am still not exactly sure what clotted cream is but let me assure you that it is better than French butter!  I could have made a meal on the scones alone.

Traditional Scones with Clotted Cream & Jam

The Tea 
If you are a fan of Harney & Sons then you will love Suka’s tea selection.  Just know if you prefer one lump or two!

Harney & Sons Tea

If you are in London or are planning a visit to London, I highly recommend stopping by the Sanderson Hotel for the Mad Hatter’s Tea.  Even if you don’t have time for tea you should still just step through the doors to at least experience the lips or to swing in the glass bubble.  Enjoy a drink at the purple bar or just ride the mirrored elevator.  You will not leave disappointed, I promise. 

I would like to give a special thank you to Jenna Levy for helping me setup a special tea for 18 lovely ladies from the United States.  We had a fabulous time darling!

Epicurean Girl’s Conclusion: 5 VIPs
Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea @ Suka gets our highest ratings of 5 VIPs.

1 comment:

  1. Good to know about this hotel. Have been planning a tea party at one of New York venues. Will be inviting all my friends there as have not thrown any party since long time. Want to make it a wonderful one with best ideas.