It happened last week. I was the guest of Jing Tea .
It’s part of the D&D London group, the operator behind the renowned restaurants such as Bluebird and Le Pont de la Tour.
The restaurant was in a stunning historic building. It was the first purpose built gymnasium in England. Its internal conversion has been so beautifully done. Take a look at the bar with its marble table, brass lamps and those chairs. Aren’t they just simply divine? Back to the topic of breakfast. I couldn’t wait to sample the pairing menu. Everything was perfectly set on the table.
Here you have Jing Tea’s classic glass tea ware made from the purest borosilicate glass.
The leaves in my teapot were Jing Lemon Verbena. They are produced from dried Verveine leaves. The tea has a light buttery taste with the subtle scent of lemons. Here it is, all brewed and ready to be tried.
It was fragrant and refreshing. Definitely the perfect start to my day. The Jing Lemon Verbena tea was paired with this delicious and super healthy Chia pot in coconut and almond milk, vanilla, pomegranate and lemon balm. The next course was this Eggs Benedict with black forest ham. Doesn’t it look too beautiful to eat?
It was paired with Jing Assam breakfast tea which was a strong, rich, full bodied tea. It had a malty yet fruity and spicy flavour with subtle notes of honey.
This is Leberkaes Semmel, a Bavarian meatloaf with Rosti, Sauerkraut, egg and cheddar cheese. You have to try it, it’s totally moreish.
The meatloaf was paired with Jing Jade Sword which is a green tea, full of sweet Spring flavour.
It doesn’t end here. There was one further last course to breakfast, however, I was by then in a rush to get to work.
It was a raspberry and lemon muffin paired with a cold Jing Matcha smoothie combined with spinach, kiwi, grapes and apple.
I was lucky to be given them to take away with me.
The Matcha smoothie was packed full of antioxidants, the perfect addition to my required five a day.
So, what do you think? Have I tempted you to go try this pairing menu at German Gymnasium? I think I’ve tempted myself again.
Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.
( All photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. I was the guest of Jing Tea to German Gymnasium. All opinions expressed are my own).