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Odd Cafe’s low tea

I spent a warm Sunday indulging in low tea at Odd Cafe in Greenside about two weeks ago. Why not high tea I asked and was told as per it’s name Odd Cafe like to do things slightly differently, so low tea at 15:00 it was. Led through the usual cafe, down the stairs into the lovely back nook where a buffet tea was served at low tables (by low I mean not a dining room table).

The Menu
Courtesy: http://oddcafe.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/the-oddcafelowtea-menu/

The Spread

Lowlights: 
The matcha green tea cake, which to the disappointment of certain patrons was not green due to mary-jane. It was a light and fluffy chiffon cake but didn’t have a distinct green tea flavour. Although I have to say I enjoyed the green jelly that topped the cake. Odd Cafe is right on trend for 2012 using Matcha green tea as an ingredient, perhaps a tad more in the cake mix next time.

The luminous green is the matcha green tea cake

Also the bruschetta base of the tapas royale was tooth chipping hard.

Highlights:
The low tea feature sangria con rooibos, it was super yum and well balanced. One of the best Sangria’s I’ve tasted. Caramel slices with a sprinkling of pink salt – sublime! The pineapple & purple carrot was lovely, moist, flavourful and not overly sweet with signature cream cheese icing.

Pineapple & purple carrot cake

The turkish delights were also made from scratch – I love that

The star of the tea were definitely the scones with the non-traditional preserves. I highly recommend the apple jam although the beetroot & plum was a treat along with the naranja jam. A scone with a spreading of apple jam, a dollop of cream and a sprinkling of chocolate soil – what more could you want for?!
Scones & truffles

Overall it was a lovely afternoon filled with creativity and great service, thanks to the hands on owner Christina and her team. I thoroughly enjoyed concocting my own tea flavours as well as conversations with the adjacent tables. Nothing quite draws an afternoon to a close as the chocolate and tamarind truffle did – rich, ever so slightly bitter and tart! 

Odd Cafe

116 Greenway  Johannesburg 2193
011 486 3631

http://oddcafe.wordpress.com/

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