It’s finally that time of the year when every sunset is worth capturing. The sky is either clear blue or beautifully scattered with clouds and as the sun dips the sky transforms into a canvas of purple, pink and orange. N & I had gone on date night to the Hamptons Cafe and Restaurant earlier this year. It was like a picture out of a decor mag. It’s definitely the perfect time of the year to revisit this cafe. Sunset, Cake & Tea – Hamptons Cafe with S.
The decor of this dainty cafe nestled on the beach road had me from hello. Parked out front is a white vintage car. I walked through the front door and felt like I had entered Amanda Woods home (from ‘the Holiday’ movie). Elegant and luxurious. You can apparently do no wrong with a combination of beige and black decor elements. S felt like she had been transported to another place altogether. The logo and other design elements throughout the cafe like the anchors and seashells make for a luxurious home by the beachfront. The inspiration for the decor lies in the name of the cafe. The Hamptons.
Opulent & Beautiful – Check
Beachside look and feel – Check
Cake & Tea
S & I take our teatime seriously. And by that, I mean a good slice of cake to go with our tea tasting session. 😀
They have a satisfactory list of tea. Ranging from English breakfast and earl grey tea to a couple of fruit based white tea blends and also a premium jasmine tea.
S picked the peach & pear tea. It is a white tea blend. We decided to pair it with a slice of Carrot & Pecan cake.
The server first brought the tea timer followed by a nice woven tray with a glass teapot and teacups and saucers. He inverted the timer to 2 minutes. As the grains of sand dropped we watched as the tealeaves steeped and released its color. Once the 2 minutes were up the infuser was replaced.
The fruity aroma of the tea filled our space as S poured the tea into our teacups. They say that tea drinking isn’t just about the taste but about the smell as well. If only the aroma of this tea could be bottled up. The tea was smooth and velvety with the subtle hints of peach & pear.
The cherry on top was the coconut macaron that accompanied our tea. The flavor and texture were spot on.
The cake was moist, nutty and crunchy. The swirl of raspberry on the side added a pop of flavor. Scraping through to the last piece, we were on a sugar high.
The cafe is a two-storey building, and with sweater weather almost here the windows are kept open. There is a small open air seating area as well as an indoor area with a sunroof. The Edison bulbs and potted plants hanging from the roof are a beautiful sight.
There is so much warmth and cosiness about this space. Adore! A fireplace is all that’s missing.
The Burj Khalifa gleamed as the last rays of the setting sun swept over the skyscraper. After sunset, the windows were drawn to the side like blinds and we had an amazing view of the skyline against the black of the night.
This cafe I am in love with. Kudos to the vision and passion of the Hamptons team. The downside for me was the service.
The feels of this charming cafe made me want to fish out my fuzzy, warm night shoes and curl up reading a book while Carla Bruni plays in the background.
“So then, beach, bluff, and wave, farewell !
I bear with me
No token stone nor glittering shell,
But long and oft shall Memory tell
Of this brief thoughtful hour of musing by the Sea.”
– Poems of John Greenleaf Whittier