Pop-Up Serves Upgraded Afternoon Tea
London-based bespoke dining company Cuisson has teamed up with French Champagne brand Laurent-Perrier to create an afternoon tea pop-up in a vacant jewellery shop in London's Burlington Arcade.
The pop-up, which will run from April 8 to June 26, serves a range of sweet and savoury sandwiches and cakes made by pastry chef Hideko Kawa, formerly of celebrated British restaurant The Fat Duck. The menu includes items such as sweet burgers made from Victorian sponge cake sandwich with blood orange and pink grapefruit jelly, and a cheesecake served in a miniature plant pot with chocolate 'soil' and basil. Savoury offerings include coronation chicken terrine and black sesame cones filled with salmon mousse. The pop-up also serves a variety of unusual teas from British tea retailer Jing, including a loose-leaf white peony variety.
Restaurants and hotels are developing increasingly adventurous afternoon tea options, elevating traditional items with unusual ingredient combinations and unique presentation styles. For more on this trend, see Brewing Innovation: Trends in Tea and Afternoon Tea's New Format. For further insight into the evolution of the wider fine dining industry, see New Rules for Fine Dining.
Cuisson has converted the former jewellery shop into a dining space, even using the jewellery cabinets to display cakes and Champagne. For more on the fluidity of retail spaces, see Rejuvenating Jewellery Retai and Evolution of the Retail Flagship: Hybrid Lifestyle Venues.