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The May Fair is Already Taking Reservations for a New, Ottoman Empire-Themed Restaurant

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May 11, 2011 at 4:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

Lord knows London already has like a million zillion options for afternoon tea, but when it comes to 5-star hotel restaurants that also offer tea service, the pickings are a little slimmer. That is, until June 1, when The May Fair opens Quince, an Eastern Mediterranean resto pegged to have an open kitchen and chef's table with TV Chef Silvena Rowe behind it all.

Apparently everything from the dishes to the cocktails to the wine list will be Ottoman Empire-influenced:

Dishes like the Ottoman Spiced Lamb Cutlets with Tahini and black truffle sauce has strong links to Silvena's Turkish heritage and are an homage to her grandfather Mehmed, who cooked the dish for her father. By contrast Green herb and spice Salmon Shawarma is a unique modern healthy alternative to the traditional meat shawarma and is cooked on a bespoke vertical grill. The Orange and Orange Blossom Baklava dates back to the late 1400s and was said to be a favorite of Roxelane, the one-time Harem girl who became the wife of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent.

Of course you can come for breakfast, lunch or dinner, but the 60 seats for their afternoon tea service are what intrigues us most. Will it be Ottoman Empire-themed as well? Will the Middle Eastern guests staying in the suites upstairs make Quince the new moneyed place to be seen? According to the details on Quince, tea will be offered daily from 3pm until 5pm weekdays and 2:30pm till 5:30pm weekends. A note to London foodies: they're already taking reservations! You gotta call +44 207 915 3892 for one, though.

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