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06/14/2024 | Press release | Archived content

The Herbalist's Apothecary: Shai Salon at Four Seasons Resort Dubai Introduces a New Afternoon Tea

Shai Salon at Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach unveils a new afternoon tea experience, drawing inspiration from the timeless traditions of apothecary. Upon entering Shai Salon, guests are warmly welcomed and embraced by the delightful aromas that permeate the air. Under the guidance of a knowledgeable herbalist, guests embark on a sensory journey, indulging in a thoughtfully curated selection of sweet and savoury dishes infused with nourishing herbs. With each exquisite creation, the herbalist shares stories that illuminate the profound connection between plants and well-being, enriching the experience with an extra layer of wonder.

The Herbalist's Apothecary aligns with the concept of herbalism and traditional apothecaries, where herbs were used for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Each dish, characterized by a single herb, mirrors the approach of an apothecary, where specific herbs were carefully selected for their distinct properties and effects. The name suggests a curated experience where guests can expect a selection of treats crafted with the utmost precision and care, akin to the expertise of an herbalist blending remedies to aid well-being.

Before the afternoon tea begins, guests are welcomed with a refreshing palate cleanser featuring a delightful fusion of blackberry, passion fruit, honey, and Earl Grey tea. Senior Executive Pastry Chef Nicolas Lambert has created a beautiful menu of sweet and savoury dishes. Among the sweet offerings are the Almond and Blueberry Lemon Balm Cookies. This treat marries the nutty flavour of almonds with the sweet tartness of blueberries, while lemon balm adds refreshing citrus notes, renowned for their relaxation and stress-relief properties. Another highlight is the Thyme and Lemon Brioche, offering a sophisticated blend of earthy thyme and zesty lemon. The thyme's antiseptic and digestive properties, combined with the invigorating citrus notes, create a balanced and aromatic bread that pleases the palate and nourishes the body.

The Strawberry and Basil Cheesecake features juicy strawberries enhanced by the herbal, peppery notes of basil, creating a delightful harmony of fruity and aromatic flavours. Rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, strawberries promote immune health, while basil's anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties add a beneficial touch to this delicious pairing. Other sweet dishes include the Chocolate and Mint Opera, a Joconde biscuit soaked in mint syrup, 64% chocolate ganache, and infused mint cream. This decadent treat not only pleases the taste buds with its rich flavours but also offers health benefits; dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants and may support heart health, while mint is known for its potential to aid digestion.

From the savoury dishes, guests can indulge in the Sustainable Prawn with Chervil on brioche bread. This dish presents poached prawns with chervil, a herb rich in vitamins and known for its potential to regulate high blood pressure. Elevated with a creamy blend of sour cream and cream cheese, all served on a soft, buttery brioche. Another standout dish is the Dill Cucumber and Labneh in Spinach Bread. This creation pairs the crisp, refreshing taste of dill cucumber with the creamy, tangy richness of labneh. Dill, renowned for its antioxidants, and labneh, rich in probiotics, ensure that this savoury dish is not only delicious but also beneficial to health.

Guests will also have the opportunity to explore the aromatic world of Shai Salon's locally sourced herbs at a dedicated apothecary display corner in the lounge. This immersive experience enhances the sensory journey, inviting guests to further appreciate the natural ingredients that contribute to the benefits of each dish.

This afternoon tea experience is priced at AED 240 per person or AED 420 for two, available daily from 3:00 to 7:00 pm at Shai Salon in the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, starting Thursday, June 20, 2024. Besides afternoon tea, Shai Salon is open daily from 7:00 am until 1:00 am. Adding to the ambiance, a pianist serenades guests from Wednesday to Friday and on Sunday from 8:00 to 11:00 pm, and on Saturdays from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

The Herbalist's Apothecary Afternoon Tea at Shai Salon

  • AED 240 per person, includes tea and coffee
  • AED 420 for two guests, includes tea and coffee
  • AED 420 per person, includes one glass of champagne
  • Afternoon Tea Timings: Daily, 3:00-7:00 pm
  • Timings for Shai Salon: Open daily, 7:00 am - 1:00 am

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