Afternoon Tea at Terrace Grill & Bar, Le Meridien Piccadilly

London, UK
March 2016

Just a few minutes walk from Piccadilly Circus Station, Le Meridien Piccadilly is off one of the main (and busy) streets in the center of the city.  

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Located on the second floor, The Terrace Grill & Bar is in the rear of the building (away from the main road).  The glass ceilings and wall of the conservatory make the most of the sun, which is especially important in the London winter.

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While the menu wasn’t that adventurous, it did carry a coffee theme based off of the Coffee: A New Perspective art in the restaurant.

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The tea choices were also not that extensive, but it covered most of the bases.  I chose the Emerald Dragon Oolong, which ended up being a pretty basic tasting oolong but still good.

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When the food came out, I knew we were in for some disappointment.  Not exactly an impressive spread.  But I was reserving my full judgement until after trying everything.

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The sandwiches were on stale, dry bread.  They all also strangely had a very strong flavor of margarine.

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Moving on, we had the scones.  We mysteriously ended up with 3 raisin scones and only 1 plain scone.  But the worst was yet to come…

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While the scones looked pretty well-cooked on the outside, the inside was still quite raw.  All of them were like this.

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Finally, we had the sweets.

*Side note: I always get a bit confused when the menu lists things that are clearly not the same as what you receive.  That is clearly not a Battenberg.*

We received 3 espresso brûlée tarts, 1 mocha macaron, a caramel hazelnut cappuccino, and whatever kind of chocolate/coffee cake that was.

The mocha macaron was fine, but didn’t have any crunch.  The chocolate/coffee cake was ok as well, but forgettable.  The caramel hazelnut cappuccino was the best, but the chocolate shell was too thick and the balance of the creams was on the too sweet side.

The espresso “brûlée” tarts were not good.  The pastry was too thick, but the main problem was that there was no brûlée to speak of.  No crust, no crunch at all.  It didn’t have anything that would make you say that this was a brûlée.  On top of this, you didn’t really get much of a custard flavor over the thick pastry.

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While the location is nice, I don’t think that’s enough of a reason to go for tea.

My advice, just skip this one.

Tea 2/5, one choice (refillable), limited variety
Food 1/5
Atmosphere 3/5
Service 2/5
Overall 2/5

Le Meridien
12:00pm to 5:30pm daily

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