The experience was created in collaboration with renowned pastry chef Christophe Devoille
The Royal Tearoom at Atlantis The Royal has partnered with the executive pastry chef for Atlantis Resorts, Christophe Devoille, to launch the UAE’s first Emirati afternoon tea experience, alongside a traditional afternoon tea.
Devoille’s Emirati Afternoon Tea experience features an extensive selection of Arabian pastries, including luqaimat crispy fried dumplings paired with an Emirati date syrup; a spongy sago cake flavoured with cardamom and toasted coconut, and topped with gold leaf; a traditional khanfaroosh cake, drizzled in local mountain honey, and a decadent halawet el jibn comprising ashta cheese, delicate rose water, pistachio and amarena cherry.
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As well as the afternoon tea, Devoille has traversed the world to source the finest and rarest ingredients possible, handcrafting a Royal Tearoom menu of homemade chocolate bars and chocolate bonbons, as well as a luxury selection of handcrafted Arabian sweets, including chocolate baklawa with macadamia and a baklawa 'asiah' pastry.
Born in 1980 in Strasbourg, Devoille has a deep appreciation for desserts. He started his career at Michelin-starred La Côte Basque, helmed by Jean-Jacques Rachou, before spending more than a decade at the side of chef Alain Ducasse, as the corporate pastry chef for the Alain Ducasse Enterprise.
Following four years on the pre-opening team as Executive Pastry Chef of Wynn Palace, one of the largest resorts in Macao, China, he moved to Annabel’s in London before deciding to go it alone, travelling the world as a pastry chef consultant, opening Amazónico in London and Dubai, launching Pavlova in Miami, and developing a chocolate bonbons and macarons menu for Saudi chocolatier, Aani & Dani.
Devoille focuses on harmony, simplicity and balance when creating desserts, handcrafting every pastry item found throughout Atlantis The Royal and utilising local ingredients including raspberry, honey, milk, pollen and herbs.
The Royal Tea Room’s Afternoon Tea by Christophe Devoille is available daily from 2pm to 5pm; Signature Afternoon Tea is priced at AED560 for two and the Emirati Afternoon Tea is priced at AED440 for two. To find out more or to book, visit www.atlantis.com/dubai/dining/the-royal-tearoom