Towering above the V&A Waterfront in The Silo District – and occupying six floors above what will become the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa – is the momentous and stylish Silo Hotel where I was lucky enough to experience its Royal Tea.
Tea is taken in the stylish sixth-floor Granary Café, where dark-brown leather couches, large glossy tables and an eclectic collection of contemporary art enhance the regal atmosphere. Plenty of natural light floods in through the large multi-faceted “inflated” glass windows, which were designed by British architect Thomas Heatherwick and for which the building is fast becoming famous for.
Come hungry – and in your most comfortable loose-waisted pants – as the Royal Tea (R275 per person), created by talented pastry chef Devin Jones, is a decadent affair. It arrives on circular three-tiered wire trays, but only after you’ve had a chance to enjoy that first cup of loose-leaf tea (there are eight varieties to choose from) – or coffee, if you are so inclined.
On the trays are four delicious buttermilk scones (accompanied by whipped and clotted cream, jam, butter and 6 month mature cheddar); salmon-and-dill and cucumber-and-mint finger sandwiches; egg mayonnaise finger sandwiches; bobotie empanadas and savory madeleines; two macarons, profiteroles with a flavoured filling (changes daily); and Cherry & Pistachio and Dark chocolate lemon petit fours. Everything is utterly scrumptious, and if you find yourself struggling to eat it all (as we did), you are more than welcome to take some home (to enjoy as a late-night snack, as I did).
We found the waitstaff to be friendly and tentative, and we appreciated that The Silo team is more than happy to accommodate special-occasion requests and dietary requirements (just give them 48 hours notice). All Royal Tea bookings need to be made 24 hours in advance.
Good to know For a less formal affair you can order Afternoon Tea for R160. This dainty affair includes the pastry chef’s selection of tasty sweet treats including the cake of the day and a variety of savoury snacks. And you don’t have to book!