Where Mampoer Meets Sherry

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William and Kate’s recent nuptials make for a good excuse to get in the royal spirit of things and indulge in High Tea. Here at the Crystal Court Restaurant at The Palace of the Lost City, this very traditional British pastime is given a unique African twist by Chef Pâtissier, Nazerit Essack.

Executive Pastry Chef at The Palace, Nazerit Essack, trained at Le Cordon Bleu Sydney Culinary Arts Institute securing the Dux Award Superior Patisserie as well as the Dux Award Intermediate Patisserie. She has worked for several five star establishments including the Four Seasons in Sydney, the Sandton Sun, Sandton Towers Intercontinental and Radisson Blu in Sandton. Her speciality is working with sugar and chocolate and she is known for creating the most impressive wedding cakes in Africa.

Her African fusion High Tea menu includes an elegant three-tiered cake stand filled with traditional tea-time treats including profiteroles, petits fours, mini-savories, perfectly baked raisin and plain scones with vanilla pod cream and lemon curd. However, it’s the South African inspired Mampoer truffles that will make your tea cup spin. The Americans call it ‘moonshine’, and the Swiss call it ‘Kirsch’. In South Africa, it is ‘Mampoer’; a powerful homemade distilled brandy made from fruit. These liqueur-filled chocolates are as intense as they are irresistible.

The Crystal Court also offers a wide selection of teas imported from India. There is an offering of 19 different teas; from scented Black teas like caramel cream to special White Teas like pomegranate with magnolia, to superior Oolong Green Tea and Earl Grey from Darjeeling, which is flavoured with the oil of bergamot which gives it its characteristic scent and flavour. You can also find Rooibos and Honeybush teas, which come from South Africa’s Cederberg region.

Come try a new take on an afternoon tradition – you don’t need a special occasion to celebrate!

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