Earlier this week I took a break from PhD-ing to meet another PhD-er for a pre-Christmas catch up lunch. Gemma is like my PhD sister actually, in that we’re both doing feminist work and share rather excellent supervisors and it’s all a bit exciting. We also both tend to work from home quite a lot, so when we do get the chance to catch up it’s a good excuse to make an event of it and have a spot of tea. Both being fans of tea and cake, we decided to go to Le Chalet on Park Row. Le Chalet is a gorgeous French tearoom and bakery, serving an array of breakfasts, lunches, desserts and baked goods.
Gemma and I both opted for macarons to start, because we’re clearly rebels and have chosen to eschew your what-counts-as-a-starter rules and norms. Fuck the macaron patriarchy etc. Mine were a gorgeous pair of pistachio macarons – light and crisp, slightly chewy inside and simply perfect. I think Gemma had chocolate and… lemon maybe? Good work Le Chalet.
For lunch I went with the French toast and a pot of cherry tea. The French toast came in an enormous portion (I actually didn’t finish it – a world first!) with a very generous jug of syrup on the side. It was just what I needed, and I was gutted that I didn’t manage to finish it all. Gemma had eggs Florentine, and it looked lovely – properly poached eggs, runny yolks, rich sauce… I definitely want to go back to Le Chalet and try the eggs Benedict! The cherry tea was the absolute star of the afternoon for me though – black tea with cherry oil and cherry blossom. I don’t think I’ve had a more fragrant and delicious tea.
All in all, a very lovely afternoon – excellent company as ever, made better with excellent food. I’ll definitely be paying Le Chalet a visit with Dan sometime soon!