Food Invite, Table setting, Fashionista

Published on June 13th, 2013 | by DearFashionista


Fashionista’s Prêt-à-Portea in London

Know an awesome way to combine the High Tea with Fashion? O….Yes! I highly recommend experiencing this delectable treat in London. It’s a must-do for every fashionista, truly!

Traditionally, food & fashion are like oil & water – never mingling or mixing So, I was pretty apprehensive about spending £39.00 on tea   But, after this experience, I say that there are some unexplored synergies between food & fashion. They’re about art, design, taste & aesthetics.  Perfect Marriage, no?!

The Berkeley London offers a Designer afternoon tea called the Prêt-à-Portea. It’s inspired by the themes & colors of the fashion world. The menu is seasonal, as-is fashion, and changes every few months. I was there for the Autumn/Winter 2012-2013.

There is a dress code for the Caramel Room –  ‘Elegant smart casual’. So, there I was & immediately they made me feel special. There was an elengant menu & table setting with my name on a shoe, fun!

The menu was long, detailed & mind-blowing. It took me a few minutes to read & assimilate the following:


First to arrive were relatively blah-looking ‘tea’ sandwiches — they were amazing!!  I chose the heavenly Chocolate Mint Truffle tea…was there for high tea after all!

Tea and sandwiches - Berkeley

TaDAAA! The Pièce de résistance. Per the restaurant, the tea experience is “a mouth-watering selection of miniature savoury skewers, taster spoons, elegant canapés and tea sandwiches.”

It’s a feast for the all five senses and the spirit!

Deconstruction of the A/W Fashions

 Below are some close-ups of the highly detailed creation of elegant canapés & pastries.  It’s pure art and fashion.

So, let’s review them in detail & compare with the fashionista menu, shall we? See if you can spot them….!

Clockwise: YSL, Prada, Burberry, Manolo and Valli in the middle!!

Truly a piece of art, this vision of  the beautiful dress by Giambattista Valli requires a special mention. My favorite & I couldn’t bring myself to eat it. Eventually I did & it was very tasty!

Giambattista Valli - beautiful dress

Obviously, I couldn’t finish them all, so I bagged it, literally!!!

Doggy Bag

Hope you enjoyed the photos….That’s all for now!

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a.k.a Devi. I’m a technologist, world traveler, lifestyle aficionado & aspiring fashion designer. Enjoy my commentary on pop-culture, social events, products & advice, by way of keeping up with the Jones’ errr, I meant the Kardarshians! (ˆ▽ˆ)

  • miss Margaret Cruzemark

    Lovely review honey, great pics.
    Best Regards
    Miss Margaret Cruzemark

    • DearFashionista

      Thanks Miss Marg!

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