Happy Wednesday friends!
I had the pleasure of visiting Cielo Resto-Lounge-Bar last week Wednesday at The Lakes Hotel in Benoni. They have recently introduced afternoon tea on Wednesday’s between 11:30am and 4:30pm and I suggest you give it a try! My taste buds were thoroughly impressed!
Overlooking Swan Lake, you can order tea from Cielo’s extensive tea collection ranging from your traditional breakfast teas, a selection of flavoured green teas and fruit teas as well as some spicy options, all served in a French press teapot. I ordered a plain old Earl Grey tea because I’m not too adventurous when it comes to tea.
It’s not like your traditional afternoon tea where they bring all your finger foods out on a three tiered stand, not the afternoon teas I’ve been to anyway but I enjoyed Cielo’s own take on it. The waiter brought out the savoury foods on a long white rectangular plate first. Everything was laid out and presented beautifully! There were two different types of little sandwiches, chicken and mushroom vol au vents, beef and onion mini pies as well as sausage rolls. The only thing I wasn’t too keen on were the sandwiches as one had pieces of tomatoes on it and I hate tomatoes, the other had goats cheese and what definitely tasted like orange peel mixed together , although a very fragrant combination, it just wasn’t for my taste buds. The beef and onion pie was delicious! I really liked the actual sausage wrapped in pastry and not just your typical processed sausage roll, it had quite a spicy note to it and the vol au vents were just gorgeous!
Next came my favourite part of any meal, the sweets! Also laid out on a long rectangular plate was an instagram worthy tray of mini scones with apricot and fig jam, mini carrot cupcakes and chocolate cupcakes, mini cheesecakes, fruit tartlets and chocolate truffles. I was in heaven! I can’t even choose a favourite because they were all so incredible! It’s safe to say I wasn’t able to finish everything but thankfully I was able to take the leftovers home with me!
Everything was so fresh, crispy and hot! I highly recommend adding Cielo to your Wednesday afternoon schedule! At just R85.00 per person, you’re not going to want to miss out!
Find Cielo Restaurant
No 1 Country Lane
+27 11 845 7070