Gentleman’s Tea in The Morrison Hotel has been on my list for what seems like an age. When my wonderful friend Ruby Laine gave me a birthday gift of a voucher for the Morrison Hotel it was simply meant to be. I booked myself in on what happened to be Good Friday. Usually it comes served with a pint of Wicklow Wolf but given the day that was in it they were alas not able to serve me but did kindly knock €5 off the cost instead.
It’s an ample enough serving which consists of a mix of sweet and savoury bites. As an overall observation I like the concept and many of the dishes within it worked. Some unfortunately (in my opinion) had no business jumping on the manly wooden board that the Gentleman’s Tea is served on. Read on to see what I thought.
The 3oz steak sandwich with sautéed onions and the beef slider both deserved their place in the line up. Meat is manly and slider size means you don’t fill up too much but you do get to vary the taste. They were both cooked perfectly and retained their flavour and taste. I might go as far as adding a third meat slider option in there, perhaps a chicken or pulled pork to mix it up and broaden the appeal.
The pork sausage with a pickled gherkin and jalapeno skewer had a chilli jam to accompany it. It packed a punch when all put together and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There was also a side of paprika chips which were ideal for scooping up the left over chilli jam. The portion size would suit Goldilocks very well, not too big and not too small.
Among the mix was a savoury scone which had smoked rasher and cheese in it. There was an apple chutney on the side too which to be honest didn’t really do much and I kind of thought that was also to go with the pork sausage. The scone alas had no business being there. It basically crumbled and was so dense that even the melted cheese couldn’t save it from being the dry misfortune that it was. I get where they were going with including it, but it just does not work. A breakfast type muffin with bacon and cheese incorporated might be a better fit here.
Lastly we had the desserts which were Whiskey chocolate truffle and a salted caramel and honeycomb pot. Salted caramel I’m a fan of and could eat all day long. Thumbs up for that one. The Whiskey chocolate however was far too overpowering and really not to my taste at all. Now I should say I’m not a Whiskey drinker in general and haven’t yet found a way to appreciate it for how wonderful it is. Yes it’s butch and boozes up a Gentleman’s Tea but like the scone it wasn’t for me. The two of them should feck off some place else and the Morrison Hotel should hold auditions for their replacements.
In closing I’ll say my Gentleman’s Tea was probably a 6 out of 10 which in the grand scheme of things isn’t too bad. It hit some high notes and the surrounds are comfortable but I don’t think I’d be rushing back for it.