* Disclosure: I was invited to dine as a guest. All opinions are my own.
Across the road from the hustle and bustle of Kings Cross station stands this glorious 19th century ex-gymnasium building (with a jaw-dropping floor-to-ceiling height of 57ft). It was funded by the local German community and is now, fittingly, home to the Mittel-European restaurant German Gymnasium. When I found out that Jing Tea were doing a "breakfast of champions" collaboration here, I immediately knew it would be something special.
Our first pairing was the Jing lemon verbana (which has a subtle citrus scent) and a chia pot with coconut, almond milk, vanilla, pomegranate and lemon balm. This tea is so perfect for a gentle mood-lift in the morning.
Next came the Jing assam breakfast tea, whose full-bodied and rich taste paired beautifully with eggs Benedict, served with smoky Black Forest ham on a perfectly cooked rösti.
The Jing jade sword is a floral and light green tea (one of my favourites). We had this with the Leberkaes Semmel, a Bavarian meat loaf on top of rösti, sauerkraut and cheddar cheese in a little bun.
To end this magnificent morning, we each took away a Jing matcha smoothie with spinach, kiwi, grapes and apple. Breakfast of champions, indeed!
Oh hey Jo! I'm a total sucker for those timber roof trusses and cast iron details.
This particular Jing Tea and German Gymnasium pairing menu ends on 31 May 2016... definitely do not miss out if you're a tea lover!