For those who find themselves in London, be sure to stop into the Mirror Room, the Rosewood Hotel's in-house fine dining restaurant. Turning the British tradition of high tea into a literal art form, this month sees the hotels executive pastry chef Mark Perkins injecting the prim practise with inspiration from the world's most celebrated artists including Banksy, Damien Hirst, Yayoi Kusama, Mark Rothko and Alexander Calder.
"I was inspired by the prominent art scene in London and by the captivating contemporary and traditional art pieces that are featured throughout Rosewood London," Perkins told CN Traveller. "I settled on modern art, as it offers many interesting shapes, colours and designs."
Alongside a traditional selection of crustless sandwiches, freshly baked scones and, of course, tea, the true masterpieces are in the cake course. The Kusama cake, for example, is a milk chocolate mousse with passionfruit, presented in a yellow glaze that, with its distinctive chocolate spots recalls the artist's installation, The Eternal Love I Have for Pumpkins or the white chocolate cube filled with vanilla cream pastry dough with salted caramel and chocolate pudding, glazed with a miniature replica of Banksy's Girl With A Balloon. Damien Hirst's iconic spot paintings are replicated in a tiny white chocolate tart with cassis jelly and yuzu curd.
Who would've thought art could taste better than it looks?