The Franklin Restaurant by Alfredo Russo at The Franklin London – Starhotels Collezione, introduces London’s most whimsical afternoon tea, celebrating the V&A’s latest exhibition, ’Wonderful Things’, the fantastical works of British fashion photographer Tim Walker. Launching this week and designed in partnership with luxury event planners, La Fête, the afternoon tea takes its guests through The Franklin London’s very own looking glass in a kaleidoscopic gourmet treat for all the senses.
Curated and prepared by Michelin master Alfredo Russo’s culinary team, the Wonderful Treats Afternoon Tea will transport guests to a playful world of sweet and savoury fantasy. In homage to the V&A’s curation of Walker’s visionary world of fashion, portraiture and food, combined with quintessentially British accents of a favourite national gourmet past time, guests will experience a delicate culinary feast, playing with extravagant staging, cues of romance and a sprinkling of alluring dark beauty.
Presented in delicately tiered bird cages, each beautifully crafted piece from the afternoon tea menu tells a magical story inviting diners on multiple sensory journeys. Taking inspiration from fairy tale themes and notions of ‘wonder’ the new afternoon tea will include; lobster filled black buns, twisted trees adorned with chocolate and yuzu macaroons, and other-wordly nests of kataifi pasta with micro salad, ricotta cheese and ‘honeygrette’.
With no afternoon tea being complete without scones and jam, diners will be lavished with sweet treats. Complimented by glass domes of gravity-defying meringue, and chocolate and pistachio upside-down cones with faux ice cream, tiers of sweet wonder will impress and satiate the most discerning afternoon tea fans. A signature cocktail from The Franklin Bar has also been crafted by its new mixology duo - Filippo Tacchi and Luca Milesi - a tantalising sloe gin based, lavender-infused libation.
Wonderful Things Afternoon Tea at The Franklin Restaurant by Alfredo Russo – The menu:
Lobster salad-filled black bun
Nest of kataifi pasta with micro salad, Ricotta cheese and vinegar and honey “honeygrette”
Egg salad, watercress and black truffle sandwich
Ham, cheese and mustard sandwich
Glazed doughnut with hand-marbled white chocolate
Chocolate and pistachio upside-down cone
Lemon curd, raspberry and grue meringue
Dark chocolate scone and pink strawberry scone
A tree filled with wonderful treats, including chocolate and yuzu macarons
Jensens Old Tom Gin; Sloe Gin; LBV Porto infused with Lavender; Sugar Syrup; Fresh lemon juice; Crème de Cacao
Served in the refined-lux setting of The Franklin Restaurant by Alfredo Russo, guests can enjoy an afternoon of true escapism, pre or post-show, tucked away in The Franklin London’s gourmet hideaway, an elegant Knightsbridge townhouse situ with interiors designed by tastemaker Anouska Hempel.
The Franklin Restaurant by Alfredo Russo has partnered with luxury event planners La Fête to design the new culinary experience. Founder and Creative Director of La Fête, Charlotte Ricard-Quesada adds: “It was a privilege to collaborate with Alfredo Russo’s team of chefs once again, who as always, pushed the boundaries of the culinary possible. With the V&A’s curated works of revolutionary photographer Tim Walker as our inspiration, this enabled us to delicately inject a magical and ethereal aesthetic in to both the menu and the décor of the new afternoon tea. It was fantastic, with faux melted ice cream, gravity defying domes, intricate edible bird nests and much more. The ‘wow’ factor of this tea begins from the very moment you are seated, with tiered bird cages and twisted trees, each filled with playful, enchanting and wonderful treats.”