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Afternoon Tea
Nestled in one of the Victorian tonwhouses of Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences, Kona is a haven from the hustle and bustle of rainy London, a place to indulge in a sophisticated dining experience in a luxurious yet laid-back ambience.
The restaurant offers luxurious breakfasts and it is most famous for its creative take on afternoon teas, including Indian Jasmine Afternoon Tea, Alice Tea Party in Wonderland (included in the Telegraph's list of best afternoon teas) and the latest, Candy Striped Carousel, inspired by the world of Mary Poppins.
Kona is also available for exclusive private hire in the evenings such as luxury corporate dinners (25 guests) and receptions (50 guests).
The contemporary design comprises an elegant dining room with luxurious furnishings and a homely, rather exotic feel. Magically lit, a separate library room with a fireplace, plump sofas and armchairs is the perfect place to relax with a peg or two of brandy after dinner.
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1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff is so kind and the atmosphere is perfectly good. we are in five and did really enjoyed our time there. The tea and food are delicious. Mr. Amit is so kind and friendly.

Responded on 4 May 2019

Thank you for your kind feedback, Jolan! Glad you enjoyed the experience! Looking forward to welcoming you back soon.

5 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Mad hatter tea was great. Amount of food served exceeded our expectations. The desserts were beautiful and delicious.

Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had dinner at Kona prior to going to Victoria theatre. The food was delicious and was presented very artistically. The staff were very pleasant and seemed excited to be there. They gave great wine recommendations as well. Overall a wonderful start to the evening.

Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice & quiet, and wait staff very very attentive

7 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice ambience and service. The food is visually exceptional and tastes fantastic.

3 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restuarant is almost hidden away but well worth searching out. Its in a great setting of architectural beauty. The ambiance inside is subdued lighting and comfort with a relaxed but attentive staff providing excellent service and various recommendations. The wine can be pricey but all sections have options that would suit all pockets. The food was very good and tasty although my scallops were a little bland. All food was cooked to my taste and as requested. More vegetarian options would have been preferred however there were some on the menu. The staff were very good and all requests were carried out well and promptly. Changes to the printed menu were considered and could have been handled.

14 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a very good restaurant. My wife had the lobster, served simply with olive oil. It tasted exquisite and did not need any additional sauces. Her starter of scallops was also good. I had the beetroot cured salmon, followed by the venison, both of which dishes had good original tastes. Our first choice of wine, the Fleurie, was disappointing but on a complaint being made, was replaced without charge by a much better wine. I would recommend this restaurant highly.

1 review
Dined on 21 November 2015
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Ate last Saturday night at Kona whilst staying at Taj.
Booked separately from my hotel stay but was advised by the hotel to add it to my overall hotel stay which we did. This gave us a huge 20% saving on the already very reasonable costs for an outstanding meal.
Starter of Steak Tartare - Excellent
Main was American Rib with jeu - Excellent
Dessert was Pannacotta with Winter fruit - Excellent

Never had a finer 3 courses in my life.
Didn't try the wine as a little ropey from Fridays excess in London but now wish I had done.
The only downside was the atmosphere which was unfortunately none existent. 6 people in with possibly 60 covers (not sure about that, guess only). Was not atmospheric but that wasn't down to the restaurant I don't feel.
This is a restaurant that deserves more custom based upon the quality of the food and service.
If you stay anywhere local take advantage and try it.
If you stay at the St James Court or Taj 51 likewise, with added bonus of paying next to nothing for genuinely excellent food.

3 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2015
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I chose this restaurant for my daughter's birthday and also never tried a 7 course tasting menus before, and was tempted by the 50% off offer. When we got there, we were impressed with the surrounding and decor, thinking quite a posh restaurant but the service was not there to match. The food was okay but not as well as we expected it to be. We got there at 7pm and we were still eating by 10pm because it took too longer gap between each course, in the end we had to ask them to serve up quickly due to trains we had to catch. So we left in a rush. It did not leave us a memorable evening. A little disappointed in fact.

4 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a superb meal on Saturday night at Kona,we will definitely be back.

39 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

overall the experience was very nice. food was very good with some slipping into good. Service was always professional and friendly but sometimes a bit clumsy, but never to dent the experience.

We chose the the back room for quietness, without realising that it was the through-room for toilets and kitchen, so all in all if i were to go back i'd probably choose another room.

all in all a very nice location (both inside and outside, a gem) and good food. recommended.

1 review
Dined on 28 August 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had a lovely dinner at Kona. I met my friend for dinner there, having located the 3 courses and half bottle of wine offer for it on Top Table + checking out the good reviews on Tripadvisor.

Great food - well presented and very tasty!

The staff were fantastic - all courteous, attentive and so pleasant. We were made to feel very welcome and looked after. As a result, I will most likely return on another occasion.

The setting is stunning, from the moment you set foot in the Taj Residences, it's like being transported into an opulent Indian residence in the middle of St. James' Park area - a pleasant surprise!

Overall, I would definitely recommend dining here, as you're guaranteed a fantastic meal, great service in a gorgeous setting.

5 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2015
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

A small hotel restaurant tucked away . Hidden gem and a quiet setting. Ideal to enjoy food and catch up with friends. While I am not partial to cheese course and lemon curd for the desert, I cannot fault a single course in the 7 course menu for execution. Nicely presented and perfertly timed.

Would have been happy to pay full price for the taster course but delighted with the 50% discount

11 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great tasting menu deal! Good food at a very decent price

1 review
Dined on 24 June 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent tasting dinner at Kona. Great evening - I would recommend it to everyone.

9 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service - a real gem

1 review
Dined on 24 March 2015
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Whilst the menu looked very attractive, the food was bland and disappointing