ERIC LANLARD GOES STRATOS-PHERIC FOR ABU DHABI ‘SOIR D’ORIENT’ AFTERNOON TEA
CONTINENTAL PATISSIER OF THE YEAR CREATES HERITAGE-INSPIRED MENU TO ACCOMPANY 360° CAPITAL VIEWS
Abu Dhabi, 9th November 2015; The renowned French patissier who has baked for the weddings of pop and movie stars, super models and even royalty is taking his celebrated afternoon tea skills to whole new heights in Abu Dhabi.
For one afternoon only, on November 9, the award-winning, celebrity patissier, TV presenter and author Eric Lanlard will present a bespoke ‘Soir D’Orient’ Afternoon Tea at Le Royal Meridien’s Stratos – the UAE capital’s only revolving lounge bar and grill.
Working closely with the five-star hotel’s own award-winning Executive Chef and Food & Beverage Director Justin Galea, the inspirational culinary artiste has designed a stand-out menu that owes much to the heritage of the UAE and the region.
“I love Middle Eastern flavours and sweets and with this exclusive Afternoon Tea we intend to take guests on a magical food journey in the gorgeous surroundings of the Stratos lounge, where we our creations will be as inspiring as the beautiful views of Abu Dhabi city,” said Eric. “To establish the right atmosphere, and before guests settle into the gastronomic experience, we’ll ask them to close their eyes, take a deep breath and enjoy the subtle fragrance of a specially-created cardamom edible perfume which will transport them right into the middle of the Al Ain Spice Souk.”
The menu is a savoury and sweet tribute to Arabia with flavours of saffron, rose water, dates, cardamom, cumin, pistachios, bee pollen and caraway seeds informing the extensive Afternoon Tea creations.
“Guests can look forward to exquisite presentations of sandwiches, freshly baked scones, tea cakes, pastries and more that come with the breath taking creativity which has won Eric a huge, celebrity A-list following,” said Max Wiegerinck, General Manager, of Le Royal Meridien, Abu Dhabi. “This is a super exciting event for the hotel. All the staff have enjoyed working with Eric in the build-up to meet and sample the creativity of this extra-ordinary Frenchman who has transformed the genteel English tradition of Afternoon Tea into an increasingly popular culinary art.”
During the Afternoon Tea, which will see a selection of qualities teas served by the hotel’s highly trained tea sommeliers, Eric Lanlard will mingle with guests and offer his much-sought-after baking tips. The hotel is also creating a specially-designed menu for the occasion for guests to take home as a keepsake.
Justin Galea says guests are in for a truly memorable culinary experience which will please the eye as much as the palate.
“I don’t want to give all the details away because we honestly believe we have some terrific savouries and pastries which have simply never been done before and we want the element of surprise,” he said. “I can though say confidently that guests will relish a menu which is colourful, imaginative and which takes the Afternoon Tea concept here to a whole new level. This is an event made for Instagram. Memories will be made here, Afternoon Tea may never be the same again.”
Eric Lanlard’s ‘Soir D’Orient’ Afternoon Tea will be served from 3pm – 6pm on Monday, November 9 at a highly reasonable AED195++ per person.
About Eric Lanlard
Eric Lanlard, Master Pâtissier and twice winner of the prestigious Continental Pâtissier of the Year at the British Baking Awards, has earned himself an international reputation for superlative baked creations for an impressive A-list clientele. He is, according to Vanity Fair magazine, ‘one of the best pâtissiers in the world’.
Having trained in France, Eric moved to London where, aged 22, he became Head Pastry Chef for Albert and Michel Roux. He stayed there for five years before launching his own business, Cake Boy, a destination café, cake emporium and cookery school based in London. Eric also creates afternoon teas for luxury hotels and travel brands worldwide.
Eric is an experienced TV presenter and has presented four series for Channel 4’s Glamour Puds and Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard,and is a regular guest on TV shows including Great British Bake Off and Masterchef: The Professionals. He is co-author of Cox Cookies & Cake (Mitchell Beazley) and author of Master Cakes (Hamlyn), Home Bake, Tart It Up!, Chocolat, Totally Chocolate and Couture Cupcakes (Mitchell Beazley).
About Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts
Le Méridien , the Paris-born hotel brand currently represented by nearly 100 properties in more than 35 countries, was acquired by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) in November 2005. With more than 75 of its properties located in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific, Le Méridien provided a strong international complement to Starwood’s then primarily North American holdings at the time of purchase. Since then, Le Méridien has gone through a brand re-launch, which included a large scale hotels product consolidation and redefined brand strategy. Through partnerships with some of the world’s most creative minds, Le Méridien has transformed numerous guest touch points, thus bringing unique, interactive and curated experiences to its guests. Plans call for dynamic expansion of Le Méridien Hotels and Resorts within the next five years, concentrating on markets in Asia-Pacific and the Americas. Le Méridien recently opened new hotels in Columbus (Ohio, USA), Charlotte (North Carolina, USA), Indianapolis (Indiana, USA), New Orleans, Chicago, Tampa (Florida, USA), Cairo, Bahrain, Bali, Atlanta, Oran (Algeria), and Zhengzhou (China), and will open in the next 12 months in Bangkok, Gurgaon (India), Mahabaleshwar (India), Thimphu (Bhutan), Paro (Bhutan), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Qingdao (China), Leshan (China), and Putrajaya (Malaysia). For more information, please visit www.leméridien .com or www.facebook.com/leMéridien . Follow @LeMéridien Hotels on Instagram and Twitter.