Tea at Taschen

The Joule offers tony afternoon tea service alternative in downtown Dallas

Joule offers tony afternoon tea service alternative in downtown Dallas

Tea at Taschen, The Joule
Tea is served communal style in the Taschen Library at The Joule. Photo courtesy of Taschen Library
Tea at Taschen, The Joule
Tea, champagne and smoked salmon rillette on rye topped with spiced tapioca and caviar can be yours on a Friday afternoon at The Joule's Taschen Library. Photo courtesy of Taschen Library
Tea at Taschen, The Joule
Tea at Taschen, The Joule

Sometimes you just need to duck out of the office on a Friday afternoon, and The Joule is giving Dallasites another, more refined option for playing hooky with its new afternoon tea service.

As of September 26, the hotel’s Taschen Library, just off the lobby near TenOverSix and Weekend, is offering champagne afternoon tea service on Fridays at 2:30 pm. Imagine snacking on goat cheese on brioche with cucumber, basil cream and crispy prosciutto and sipping rare tea blends while surrounded by midcentury mosaics and beautiful coffee-table tomes.

“Because The Joule lobby is already such a naturally communal environment, we wanted to offer a really special experience within it,” says Joule general manager Justin Fields. “The Taschen Library proved to be the perfect little nook for something a bit more intimate.”

Joule executive chef Jaco Smith and executive pastry chef Ruben Torano devised the menu, which will change seasonally. Savory treats may include ham mousse eclairs and deviled egg sandwiches; sweet options could be huckleberry buckle or berry layer cake.

In addition to champagne, guests can enjoy Freak of Nature Oolong, 2001 Vintage Oak Barrel-Aged Pu-Erh and Moonlight Jasmine Blossom teas.

We envision this as a way to entertain out-of-town guests, spend time with girlfriends or wrap up a business meeting (if you must still work). Regardless of the company, it’s not a bad way to start the weekend, and this has a different vibe than downtown neighbor The Adophus, which is known for its afternoon tea service.

“We thought Friday would be a great day as people close down their work week and are ready to relax or even celebrate something special,” Fields says. “If it’s as popular as we think it will be, I have a feeling we’ll be hosting private events there quite often.”

Tea at Taschen is $59 a person, inclusive of taxes, gratuity and valet. During the tea, guests receive 10 percent off purchases in the library. Seating is communal and limited to 16 people. Reservations can be made by calling 214-748-1300 x4363 or emailing tea@thejouledallas.com.