REVIEWED: Wing Wah Afternoon Tea
After moving to its new location of Wrottesley Street in the heart of Birmingham’s China Town, Wing Wah has gone from strength to strength with its Dim Sum and à la carte menu receiving particluar recognition.
Never ones to rest on their laurels, the experienced team have been busy
crafting the newest addition to the menu, a unique take on the tradtional Afternoon Tea which comes complete with its own signature cocktail, Easterly Winds, created by Robert Wood. We were invited along to dine with company director Dorian Chan and be one of the first to give it a try.
Any afternoon tea worth its salt needs to have a good selection of tea and Wing Wah have four delicious blends to choose from: Earl Grey, Jasmine, Chelsea Garden and Lemon & Ginger. We went for Lemon & Ginger whilst Dorian opted for the Chelsea Garden blend. Each tea is served in its own Chinese teapot and cup, adding to the whole experience. One sip and our Easterly Winds cocktail arrived – they most know what we’re like! Subtle tones of Lychee, soft peaches and chrysanthemums, the Eastern Winds cocktail is beautifully soft and although very, very moreish cocktail, on this occasion, we stuck to just one as we’re supposed to be working after all!
Next up, the food. The afternoon tea is huge and beautifully presented. First to try was the stunning steamed dumplings. Each one expertly created by their Dim Sum chef,. We sampled a selection of prawn and vegetarian Dim Sum, the vegetarian one a naturally deep reddish colour and finished in delicate gold leaf. Each dumpling tasting as beautiful as they look.
Our Dim Sum starters sampled, next it was on to the Afternoon Tea: an ornate stand packed with a mixture of sweet and savoury Chinese food and a side of Seafood and Yuzu infused rice. On the stand is a minced prawn pastry, crispy salmon puff, a pork puff and egg custard tart and each item, again, is beautifully crafted. One of our particular favourites was the Molten Salted Custard Bun that looks like a giant mushroom!
This afternoon tea really is great value for money at just £24.99 per person and that includes an Easterly Winds cocktail or glass of prosecco if you prefer. Its just £18.99 per person if you just want to stick to the teas. You certainly leave feeling incredibly satisfied (we strongly recommend you go on an empty stomach) and the vegetarian options are delicious too.
The craftsmanship that goes in to each dish is obvious on every bite and the excellent attentive and personable service adds to the experience to make it a true event.
Afternoon tea is available every day except Wednesdays up until 5pm so perfect for a pre-theatre treat.