But, if you serve it in the Piccadilly branch of Gaucho, which has a heated outdoor terrace tucked away from, but still overlooking, the bustling Regent Street, Argentina and England seem like the perfect couple for a cuppa.
You can opt for a cream tea, with scones, jam, cream and a selection of tea for £10, as well as buying individual patisseries for £4.95, but we recommend you go all out with the afternoon tea, which starts off with the warm and buttery scones before moving on to a two-tiered platter of sweet and savoury treats. Classic British sarnies with a gourmet twist – smoked salmon, cucumber and cream cheese, and egg mayo, avocado and quail egg – are cheek to cheek with Argentinian specialities – a choripan, which is a sandwich of chorizo with chipotle chutney and sweet Romero pepper, and carpaccio and chimichurri nestled in a sweet brioche bun. Deliciously decadent.
Then it’s on to not one, not two, but seven, yes seven desserts. At least this means there’s no fighting over who gets what as there is more than enough to share. Divvy up the chocolate profiterole, raspberry and custard eclair, alfajores biscuits, chocolate tartlet, Argentine chocolate cake, exotic fruit meringue and dulche de leche cheesecake, and you’ll soon be sweet for each other…
Behind the bar:
Choose from an aromatic selection of teas, including lavender Earl Grey, jasmine silver needle and blood orange. You can also enjoy a glass of Bianchi sparkling wine for an extra £6 or Veuve Clicquot for £15.
Full afternoon tea is £30 per person.
Romantic, more unique than dinner, and pretty damn delicious too.
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