Eric Lanlard debuts afternoon tea in Abu Dhabi

Heritage-inspired menu created by continental patissier of the year accompanies 360 degree views at Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi
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Le Royal Meridien welcomes French patissier Eric Lanlard
Le Royal Meridien welcomes French patissier Eric Lanlard

Abu Dhabi welcomed French patissier Eric Lanlard on November 9, to present a bespoke ‘Soir D’Orient’ Afternoon Tea at Le Royal Meridien’s Stratos.

The award-winning, celebrity patissier, TV presenter and author, who has baked for the weddings of pop and movie stars, super models will be working closely with the five-star hotel’s own award-winning executive chef and food & beverage director Justin Galea.

Commenting before the event, Lanlard said: “I love Middle Eastern flavours and sweets and with this exclusive afternoon tea we intend to take guests on a magical food journey in the gorgeous surroundings of the Stratos lounge, where we our creations will be as inspiring as the beautiful views of Abu Dhabi city."

“To establish the right atmosphere, and before guests settle into the gastronomic experience, we’ll ask them to close their eyes, take a deep breath and enjoy the subtle fragrance of a specially-created cardamom edible perfume which will transport them right into the middle of the Al Ain Spice Souk,” he added.

Lanlard designed a menu inspired by the heritage of the UAE and the region. Options included a savoury and sweet tribute to Arabia with flavours of saffron, rose water, dates, cardamom, cumin, pistachios, bee pollen and caraway seeds informing the extensive Afternoon Tea creations.

The hotel also created a specially-designed menu for the occasion for guests to take home as a keepsake.

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