Saturday, October 3, 2009

Hidden Tea Room review - Underground kitchen in central London by Lady Gray

subtlety is The Hidden Tea Room's forte

A friend of ours wasn't quite enthusiastic when we asked her whether she would like to join us at The Hidden Tea Room. More precisely, she became much less enthusiastic after she found out what exactly that was about. But hey, life's too short and we decided to go ahead anyway.

There is this recent trend of restaurants and eateries going underground. Former chefs who are out of work decided to take conduct their business underground - by hosting dinners in unregistered venues, more often than not in their own homes. Of late, amateur cooks have jumped into the fray as well.

All of them require payment (via PayPal or credit card) in advance and you'll not be notified of the venue until the day before. The best thing is that most of the time, you don't even know what's on the menu and who you'll be dining with. Yes, you'll be dining with like minded strangers.

Thrilling enough? Absolutely.

You might think that because these underground restaurants are unregistered, they'll be cheaper but you'll be surprised that the going rate is between £25 - £100 per head, and the Champagne Tea session at The Hidden Tea Room hosted by Lady Gray charges £25pp, which is quite considerable taking into account that you could dine at The Ritz with just £10 more.

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