Many of you, like me, may be doing that last minute mad dash to the shops.
Don’t get me wrong, I do love online shopping for its convenience, but nothing beats stepping out to get that special gift and to experience that festive vibe.
Okay, I know there are downsides too, like getting crushed in the shopping crowds and the long queues.
The solution is to step into a little haven of delectable treats for a breather.
I have found such a haven in Pont street, a restaurant that is centrally located in Belgravia, a short walk from Harrods and only an 8 minute taxi ride away from Oxford street.
We were lucky to have been invited there, to sample the Christmas edition of their classic Marie Antoinette tea, under executive chef Sophie Michell.
I was most impressed to learn that Sophie Michell is currently Britain’s youngest female executive chef. At the age of 19, she had been nominated ‘Young Chef of the Year’ by the prestigious Craft Guild of Chefs.
The food tasted as delicious as they looked. I have photographed the treats up close for you to see.
That Cheese ball with Quince (top left) was just the perfect balance of savoury with sweet. It was frankly quite moreish.
Next to the Cheese ball is a Hollandaise Quail Egg tartlet. I loved biting into the smooth and soft texture of egg against the crunch of fresh pastry. The Hollandaise sauce was creamy with the perfect tart of lemons.
Doesn’t that Smoked salmon with caviar on pumpernickel look pretty with that purple edible flower? It was melt in the mouth delicious! I never say no to a Macaron, and the one in the photo above didn’t last for long.
Next to the Macaron, is a decadent Chocolate Opera cake with edible gold leaf. I’ve never had an Opera cake before, and was interested to later learn that it was layers of sponge cake soaked in coffee syrup and covered in a chocolate glaze.
Feast your eyes on that brulée covering the cranberry and Clementine eclair. It’s so perfectly caramelised, crunchy to the bite, then chewy. This gingerbread girl was inspired by the nearby Christmas window display by Stefania Pramma of PRAMMA handbags and art collector Valeria Napoleone. Here’s the window display. There were also scones with jam and clotted cream and finger sandwiches to sample. Naturally they were all washed down with tea by Jing and a cold glass of Champagne.
We finished the tea party with these mini sherry trifles ( image above) and miniature mince pies with Marzipan.
So, have I convinced you that Christmas shopping can be pleasurable? The perfect excuse for a treat at Pont street right? To refresh and unwind before facing the crowds again.
Hope you’ve enjoyed the post. Have a good week all.
(Photography are all by Geraldine Tan of Little Big Bell, with the exception of the first and last images which were provided by Pont Street. All opinions in this review are my own).