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High Tea José's Way

May 2016

At first, it looks like a simple skewer of raspberries. But in José’s world, nothing is quite so simple. It’s really a pipette with a squeezable bulb at the end. Inside is berry water, caramelized with hints of orange peel, yuzu, and raspberry pulp. Pick up the pipette, put the raspberries in your mouth, and squeeze the bulb at the same time, for a unified and incredibly fun experience. And that’s just one taste of the Afternoon Tea at Tres by José Andrés, at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Imagine a tea that summered in Spain and came back with its classic and modern culinary influences. The pipettes are inspired by the work of José Andrés’s friend and mentor Ferran Adrià, who once skewered a prawn with a pipette, among his countless avant-garde creations. José took the pipette idea to new heights at his restaurants minibar and The Bazaar by José Andrés. Think a play on Vietnamese street food with a pipette filled with chili oil, or even just a fanciful take on the classic tomato and mozzarella combo, featuring a pipette filled with silky mozzarella.

“The concept of the tea is a playful twist on classic tradition,” says Kriss Harvey, Executive Pastry Chef at The Bazaar by José Andrés, SAAM, and Tres by José Andrés. “Our guests expect something different and we give it to them.” That means chocolate Pop Rocks candy next to crave-worthy savory bites like quiche with tomato, Manchego cheese from Spain and fresh herbs. The pastry department hand makes each and every one.

The tea is offered from 3PM to 5PM daily, and the hour-and-a-half experience is meant to be shared with others, Harvey says, whether it’s a bridal shower or simply catching up with a friend. Guests can choose from among luxury teas including a custom blend perfumed with golden jasmine blossoms, exclusively available at SLS Beverly Hills. At the end of the day, it’s a way to get just a taste of José’s whimsical mind. “José Andrés always has so many great ideas,” Harvey says. “With this tea, we’re following his vision.”

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