I saw a documentary years ago about five stars hotels around the world. George V was featured in it and I remembered how they showed Jeff Leatham’s floral arrangements. When the trip to Paris was due I wanted to catch two birds with one stone: see the flowers myself and enjoy afternoon tea. The floral arragements were absolutely stunning!
Hotel George V offers afternoon tea at Le Galerie. You can choose between the George V high tea (50 €), High tea à la francaise (add a glass of champagne, 60€) and high tea célébration (70 €). I chose the first one.
The fine savories included smoked salmon, shrimp (?), foie gras and a Russian style blini with caviar (?). I really liked the white plates with their wave-like design.
The scone was served with clotted cream and jams. The brioche was fluffy and fingerlikingly good. The rasberry financier with roasted almond was very tasty and sugary . The Madeleine was good, but not as good as the oven warm at Le Maurice. The chocolate and salty caramel cookie was delicious.
Lastly, my sweet tooth was satisfied beyond measure with a chocolate cake so rich it gets stuck on the roof of your mouth. It was followed by a cream puff chocolate “snowman” with nuts, a curd filled puffy pastry (?) and a strawberry pastry(?).
The tea was great and very posh with live soft piano music playing in the background. I noticed two things when having afternoon teas in Paris. They seem to love thee chocolate cookie salted caramel combination (which is delicious) and that they bring a small chair for you to put your handbag (which is adorable). Merci beaucoup!