I know I’ve been away from this blog for a tad bit (almost 2 weeks) but I’m back and with a meaty afternoon tea to talk about.
Intrigued? Read on to find out more.
Prime 68 is located on the (you guessed it) 68th floor of the world’s tallest hotel (JW Marriot Marquis, Business Bay). Primarily famous as a steakhouse, they’ve launched an afternoon tea party every Saturday from 2:30pm to 5pm.
The table is pre-set with a lot of candy and sweet treats, all encompassing the garden-y feel with fake grass, marble platters and stones neatly arranged on the table.
With drinks sorted -they also offer tchaba teas and illy coffee- we moved onto starters.
Duck rilettes hit the table first, which I oddly liked even though I’m not a fan of duck.
My favorite starter was the roasted heirloom tomato salad (creamy buffalo mozzarella, 3 different types of heirloom tomatoes, basil pesto, crisp focaccia). Didn’t think a great vegetarian option would be found at a steakhouse.
What’s an afternoon tea if not for open faced (dainty) sandwiches, out of which the mini BLT (cecina beef, heirloom tomato, ice berg) was my favorite; I just can’t say no to a good BLT. The corn fed chicken and smoked salmon were close seconds, the roast beef though was too dry for my liking.
Meaty mains: USDA striploin, wagyu tenderloin, Australian lamb chops. Loved, loved, loved the USDA striploin and I’m not a big steak person, but this cut of perfectly seared meat, especially with the mushroom sauce, was just fantastic. The lamb chops were a bit wasted on me since I don’t normally eat or enjoy lamb but I did try it and they were quite good.
And then there was dessert…. Cheesecakes, carrot cake, banoffe pie, a chocolate river and a fig swimming in it (said fig is *figuratively* me).
Not sure which dessert I liked the best but all of them were amazing but I think the banoffe pie takes the cake (bad pun #sorrynotsorry). There’s a killer oreo chocolate cheesecake too. One odd thing (which I only realized when it was pointed out) was the absence of scones, but the offerings were so satisfying that it escaped notice at the time – a testament to the quality of this tea party!
With views that stretch all the way to Palm Jumeirah, paired with upbeat jazz music and a great selection of dishes, looks like it sure is a tea party on the 68th!