It was recently my desk buddy Gemma’s birthday. Ok, truth be told, it was over Christmas but it took until this weekend for my sister Gail, work wife Bronagh and myself to treat Gemma with a bubbly afternoon tea at Oscars Champagne Cafe in Belfast.
With our table booked for 2pm we arrived with empty tummies, more than ready for a cake stand worth of goodies. After we were settled at our table we were offered a glass of Prosecco as well as either tea or coffee. We were also offered a mouthwatering selection of sandwiches to select from. Between the four of us we selected; egg mayo, cajun chicken, tuna, ham and cheese, BLT, and prawns. I have been to quite a few afternoon teas and have rarely been offered to select the sandwich fillings, however I must say I loved this touch and it also highlighted they were made fresh on the day.
Before too long our Prosecco was served and so it was time to cheers the birthday girl.
Whilst we waited on our food and hot beverages, we were able to soak up the atmosphere. Oscars, which is located mere minutes from Belfast City Hall, is a family run business which, in addition to afternoon tea, offers gourmet sandwiches, wraps and paninis, to name a few dishes. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed and during our visit there were several parties sampling the afternoon tea as well as the lunch menu.
After a while our hot beverages were served, in dainty Chinaware might I add, as well as our selection of finger sandwiches. Next to be presented was a stand filled with all kinds of treats, from scones with jam and cream, cupcakes, mini meringues, mini cheesecakes and chocolate and caramel brownies. The most important question was where to start?
First up for us were the finger sandwiches. These were fresh and full of flavour. After sampling as many of the fillings as possible, it was time for the scones. There were a selection of flavours but I opted for a cherry scone. There was nothing mini about this – it was full sized and proud. It was soft, fluffy and worked wonderfully with lashings of cream and jam. After the scones we took a brief break to digest over our teas and coffees before getting stuck into the mini meringues. These were cooked to perfection and were crunchy on the outside and soft and gooey on the inside. Next up we had the mini cheesecakes. We were slightly worried these would be too heavy but upon first bite my zesty lemon slice was light, delicious and perfectly sized. By this stage I only had room for one more dessert and so I opted for the chocolate and caramel brownie as it looked too tantalising not too eat. And it did not disappoint; I was in chocolate heaven! As we each had a cupcake left, our waitress very generously offered us a box so we could take them home with us.
I have been to Oscars before for afternoon tea and I was just as impressed the second time round. If I had to pick a fault, and it’s only a very minor one, it would only be that there was a TV above our table showing the rugby match which was slightly distracting, but that would be it. The service is exceptional, the food is fresh and delicious and the cafe is welcoming and relaxing. And, the company wasn’t half bad either! Oscars is somewhere I would definitely visit again and would not hesitate to recommend.
PS. I have my (Red Velvet) cupcake the next day, and what can I say except it was amazing!