Tuesday, December 20, 2011

My First Afternoon Tea At BIZU in Greenbelt 2

To be honest, I've been entranced by the idea of high-teas and afternoon teas ever since I've read about them in Malaysian and Singaporean blogs. It would have been great though if we had High-Tea at the KL Tower Seri Angkasa (Revolving) Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur during our recent trip there. Sadly, tea buffets worth RM 45 or PHP 620 are offered only during weekends.




The only viable alternative would be to have afternoon tea at Bizu in Greenbelt 2 for half the price according to Mrs. Martinez's Raves and Rants. Last week, we made sure to be at Bizu between 3 and 6 PM lest the offer expires. It's been an ongoing joke that we shouldn't be surprised anymore when a particular shop/attraction closed shop just minutes before our arrival judging from all the mishaps in our recent trips to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

                                           1 Fresh Pot of Loose Leaf Tea of Choice

Our server recommended Earl Grey (Bergamot Orange) which according to the menu is "a tea blend derived from the addition of oil extracted from the rind of the bergamot orange." True enough, the tea had a refreshing hint of orange and a rich body that was both comforting and soothing. Out of the blue, I wondered what was inside the pot.


When I peeked inside, I remembered a similar tea gadget we have at home. A gift from U from a couple of years back which I never got the chance to try out simply because I didn't know how. LOL. Now that I finally know that it's a strainer, all I need is a large pot to take it for a long overdue test drive!

                                               
                                         Table setting for the Afternoon Tea at Bizu.


Scumptious Scones, Savories and Sweets from Bizu's Afternoon Tea Set

                BIZU Afternoon Tea Set (Good for Two) worth Php 626.34 (net price)

I've always been fascinated about the evolution of afternoon teas that was why I did a little bit of research before we went to BIZU. I learned from the tea experts from afternoontoremember.com that afternoon tea which is also known as low tea "because guests were seated in low armchairs with low side-tables on which to place their cups and saucers" and then indulged in sandwiches, scones topped with cream and lemon curd, 2-3 sweet treats and of course tea.

A Quick Look At The History of Afternoon Tea

It has been said that it was Catherine of Braganza (1638-1705), King Charles The Second's Portuguese wife, was the first to introduce tea drinking in England. It was a custom among the nobility in Portugal to have high-tea at 4 PM and being a Portuguese infanta (of royal blood but not an heir to the throne) herself, she was born to such tradition.

But it was Anna Maria Russel, Duchess of Bedford (1783-1857) who gave the afternoon tea a major face-lift. Back in the 19th century, dinner was usually served between 7 and 8:30 PM which left most people famished during the long gaps between meals. It was said that during a visit to the 5th Duke of Rutland at Belvoir Castle in 1840s, the Duchess discovered for herself that having a light meal of tea, cakes and sandwiches in the afternoon helped satiate her hunger. Soon she was inviting friends over for afternoon tea and later on it became a delightful addition to many upper and middle class households.
Clockwise: Lemon slices for the tea. For the scone: Cream; Blueberry Jam; Butter!

Clockwise: 2 Bizu Madeleines; 1 Bizu Scone; 1 Bizu Salmon with Dill Pistachio Mousseline

Despite their minute sizes, each one was simply delicious! The madeleine wasn't too sweet which I really liked and the scone was perfect as it was which was why I forgot to top it with cream and jam! The salmon mousseline which was about a size of a matchbox teased me to have a hundredth more helping!

I've learned from afternoontoremember.com that the proper way to start an afternoon tea is to begin munching on the scones while they're still hot before proceeding with the other treats.


The Savories:
(Left  )   1 Bizu Chicken Pesto with Sundried Tomato Mayo in Petit Ciabetta
(Back)   2 Bizu Caramelized apples with Brie on Croute
(Right)  1 Bizu Petit Croque Monsieur (Ham & Cheeese)
(Front)  2 Bizu Mushroom Duxelle in Vol-au Vent

After scones, savories are the next ones to enjoy. And I could tell you honestly that despite their miniscule sizes, all these are simply phenomenal. But if you ask me which one made a strong impression on me, I have to say that I really can't forget the Bizu Petit Croque Monsieur!


Clockwise: 2 Bizu Opera cakes; 2 Bizu Macarons de Paris; 1 Bizu Chocolate Truffle in the middle

You're right! Sweets should be the last ones in the list. Oh, Bizu's sweets are really to die for! I can't get over their Opera Cakes up to this point. I wish I could tell you about the chocolate truffle but Tutapel finished it off before I even had the chance to touch it. Their Macarons de Paris reminded me of the famed TWG Macarons at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Sadly, I didn't buy even one because I was still super sad for having missed the Sampan Ride and the Skywalk when we were there. You guessed it. They were already closed for the night!



Make sure though that you come with a slightly full tummy for the afternoon tea because the servings are really miniscule. But if you're a Bizu first-timer like us, it was a good way to get introduced to Bizu's culinary tradition. And judging from their terrific scones, savories and sweets, I bet their full meals are as good, if not better.

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Greenbelt 2
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Greenhills Promenade

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4 comments:

  1. wow, tea set! I want to try this too

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  2. i love having afternoon teas but i have never been a fan of bizu. :) thanks for sharing your experience dear!

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  3. hi Kate! i'm sure you and your sweetheart will really enjoy it!

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  4. hi saccharine0158! i'm sorry to hear that. had a bad experience there?thanks for dropping by ha.

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