I can’t believe I’ve lived in Geneva for a year and never gone to Dallywater’s.
The storefront is beautiful and inviting. A big English flag flies outside. The tables are white and covered in white linen.
Immediately upon entering, a friendly woman with an English accent comes in and seats us in a corner of the restaurant. She comes back with menus, a tier of desserts to look at, and a spinning carousel of teas to smell. There must have been twenty or so. All of them smell delicious.
My friend Ana smells the Vanilla Mystique and immediately decides; my friend Shannon has a bit more trouble deciding but in the end goes for the Ceylon Pomegranate. I can’t decide, and when our waitress comes over, I go with the tea that’s right in front of me: Night Blooming Jasmine.
Each of our teas arrives in an individual pot that pours about 2.5 large teacups of tea. Our waitress expertly puts a strainer in each cup in turn, swirls the teapot, and pours us each a cup. She leaves the pots on the table for us.
As it’s lunchtime, we’re all hungry, so instead of going for a tea service, we each order sandwiches. I went for an eggplant and mozzarella; Ana and Shannon both went for ham, tomato, mustard and cheese. Each panini is named after a different British locale. They were absolutely delicious.
I can’t believe I’ve never been to Dallywater’s before, but I KNOW I’ll be going again. A fantastic place. I managed to hold off this time, but they had a rack of 1oz samples of each of their teas, $3 each… I’ll be back. For sure.