Win: High Tea at Eat Drink, Western Foyers Sydney Opera House

August 10th, 2016
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Win high tea for five people at Eat Drink, Western Foyers. Enjoy a glass of champagne on arrival and savoury and sweet treats created by Chef, Lauren Murdoch. 

Eat Drink, Western Foyers, Sydney Opera House

Eat Drink, Western Foyers, Sydney Opera House

Located directly opposite the Harbour Bridge at Sydney Opera House, Eat Drink, Western Foyers now offers high tea created by Head Chef, Lauren Murdoch.

Offering savoury and sweet treats, this experience is perfect for theatre goers, those looking for a picturesque day out by the harbour or the ultimate ladies who lunch event.

Children will also rejoice with their own high tea menu offering savoury and sweet treats, pink lemonade and a hot chocolate.

High Tea at Eat Drink, Western Foyers
– Children’s savoury and sweet treats, pink lemonade and a hot chocolate $25
– Savoury and sweet treats, coffee or tea $49
– Savoury and sweet treats, coffee or tea, glass of bubbles $59
– Savoury and sweet treats, coffee or tea, glass of champagne $69

Eat Drink, Western Foyers, Sydney Opera House

Eat Drink, Western Foyers, Sydney Opera House

High tea is available: Saturdays 11am to 1pm and for corporate or private events.

To make a reservation please call 02 9250 7220 or [email protected]

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About the Prize
High tea for five people, the high tea includes savoury and sweet treats, coffee or tea, glass of champagne valued at $345. Only available on Saturdays 11am to 1pm. Valid for 6 months from time of issued voucher.

Western Foyers, Sydney Opera House

Western Foyers, Sydney Opera House

Competition is closed
Congratulations to the winner Victoria Hickman.

How To Enter:
– To win you need to answer the question: Who is the head chef at Eat Drink, Western Foyers creating the high tea?
– The winner will be selected by random and will need to have answered the question correctly.
– The competition closes 24th of August 2016, 5pm AEST.

Western Foyers, Sydney Opera House

Western Foyers, Sydney Opera House

– The winner will be announced on High Tea Society on the 26th of August 2016.
– Full Terms and Conditions are available on the link from the entry page.

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Review: High Tea at the Sofitel Sydney

July 11th, 2016
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Review and photographed by Hills & West’s Aisha Hillary-Morgan and Victoria Stiles.

An Afternoon tea with Christina Re – homage to Sofitel Sydney Wentworth’s 50th Anniversary

Aisha Hillary-Morgan at the Sofitel Sydney

Aisha Hillary-Morgan at the Sofitel Sydney

To mark the milestone of 50 years, in the Wentworth Hotel’s distinctive horseshoe shaped heritage-protected building, the Sofitel has created a contemporary High Tea that pays homage to the traditional French High Teas of the hotel’s past.

Located in the heart of the CBD and shopping districts, the hotel by Skidmore Owings and Merrill, boasts Sydney’s first five star hotel, combining post war minimalism with old-style French elegance. The building, rich in Qantas history, is scientifically significant for the largest air conditioning system, column free ballroom, and as the largest brick structure in the southern hemisphere.

Step back in time to 1966, as the High Tea draws on recipes from its opening years and the original owner’s wife cookbook, which they found 10 years ago in archives. The Wentworth’s Executive Chef, Boris Cuzon, has created an exclusive celebratory High Tea for the occasion.

After being greeted at the hotel’s entrance by the friendly valet staff, we entered the grand, yet traditional European-style lobby, and were politely directed to the Soiree room. We arrived at 2pm to a relaxed atmosphere of afternoon business meetings and guests enjoying a cup of tea and snacks.

High tea at the Sofitel Sydney

High tea at the Sofitel Sydney

High tea at the Sofitel Sydney

High tea at the Sofitel Sydney

We were seated in a window seat best positioned to watch the city’s hustle and bustle and soak up the room’s buzz. In-keeping with traditions, the hotel’s décor was old-style contemporary featuring botanical displays inspired by the Jardin à la Française at the Chateau de Versailles, and subtle scents created by the L’Artisan Parfumeur.

The table had been jovially dressed with French lace and gorgeous Christina Re’s new collection, ‘To Paris With Love’. As the three-tier curated stand arrived we could immediately see we were in for a long afternoon, with the substantial savoury servings and array of exquisite sweet delicacies.

We started with a coffee, which was gloriously laced with 24-carat gold before our Veuve Clicquot was served. Starting on savoury, we both dived into the mouth-watering croque monsieur with ham, as it oozed melted cheese. The smoked Tasmanian salmon was fresh with capers, dill and cream cheese, on a chilled bagel. The final savoury addition was the oversized roast beef on whole wheat bread, leaf greens, sliced tomatoes and subtle mustard butter.

With two servings of scones each, the generosity continued. The scones were homemade, plain and with fruit, served with with cream and homemade jam. The scones were a dry, denser, cake texture, which made them rather heavy. If you wish to get through the whole collection of sweets, then I would recommend restraining on the roast beef and scones, as the best is still to come.

High tea at the Sofitel Sydney

High tea at the Sofitel Sydney

High tea at the Sofitel Sydney

High tea at the Sofitel Sydney

Concierge at the Sofitel Sydney

Concierge at the Sofitel Sydney

When the bubbles had been consumed we were offered a tea from the Ronnefeldt selection. From Darjeeling Springtime, to Rose Hip Delight, I enjoyed a Classic Chai while Vikki enjoyed Vanilla Roibosh.

Next was the sweet selection that looked much more delicate, colourful and bursting with flavour as you scaled the tiers. I started with the chocolate lime choux, which was a zesty surprise tantalising the nose and the palette. The mini pavlova with fresh cream crumbled as you bit into the moist meringue. The layered hazelnut opera cake on the other hand, was rich and full of chocolaty flavour beautifully contrasted against the lemon tartlet with its fluffy lemon meringue and perfect pastry.

The macarons, chocolate and nutty vanilla, dusted with gold were also delightful however I left the legendary Wentworth Cheesecake, created by the original owners wife, to last. With all pastries made onsite by pastry chef Hong Lo, this cake, topped with a white chocolate 50, was unexpectedly light with layers of sponge, soft aerated cheese and biscuit, with a raspberry on top to perfectly compliment the flavour.

The Sofitel is renowned for its themed high teas, from Romeo and Juliette’s ‘Eternal Love’, served with love potions, to ‘Adams Family’, served with tombstones and severed finger éclairs.

The atmosphere and service was very casual so be prepared to spend a couple of hours enjoying and we don’t recommend being in a rush. It is also worth asking the staff about the Hotel’s history as they are knowledgeable and have a story or two to share.

The High Tea includes an exclusive, limited edition teacup and saucer from the iconic designer Cristina Re’s new range, ‘To Paris With Love’ inspired by her love of all things Parisian.

Overall Cuzon has created a High Tea, reflective in size and flavour of the former years, and will appeal to those seeking a more substantial, traditional high tea, rather than a white table-clothed, highbrow experience.

Concierge at the Sofitel Sydney

Concierge at the Sofitel Sydney

High Tea at the Sofitel Sydney

High Tea at the Sofitel Sydney

The 50th Anniversary Wentworth High Tea Menu – celebrating through to November 2016.
– $69* per person, inclusive of Ronnefeldt Tea & Cristina Re gift
– $79* per person, inclusive of a glass of Veuve Clicquot & Cristina Re gift
Available from 1 May 2016 – 14 July 2016 and 1 November 2016 -31 December 2016.

Other High teas include;

High Tea at the Sofitel Sydney

High Tea at the Sofitel Sydney

The Archibald High Tea
Afternoon tea is the ultimate indulgence, and it doesn’t get much better than an interactive creative High Tea with a ticket to the Archibald Exhibition by Sofitel Sydney Wentworth’s exclusive partner The Art Gallery of NSW. Enjoy the quintessential flavours of freshly baked scones with an art themed twist, before heading to The Art Gallery of NSW to experience the captivating Archibald Exhibition.
– $55* per person, inclusive of Ronnefeldt Tea, & a ticket to the Archibald exhibition
– $65*per person, inclusive of a glass of sparkling & a ticket to the Archibald exhibition
– $75*per person, inclusive of a glass of Veuve Clicquot & a ticket to the Archibald exhibition
Offer available at Soiree from 14 July 2016 – 31 October 2016.

The Celebration High Tea Menu
Sofitel Sydney Wentworth’s stylish Garden court restaurant is now available to host exclusive and semi exclusive High Tea parties to celebrate your milestones.
Select from exclusive High tea celebrations accommodating up to 120 guest or smaller gatherings from 16 guests in Sofitel Sydney Wentworth’s intimate Garden Court Restaurant.
$59* per person with glass of Veuve Clicquot

Prices are correct at the time of publishing, but are subject to change. Please contact the venue for further details.

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
Address: 61 – 101 Philip Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2000
To book call: +61292289188
Bookings are recommended.
Gluten free available if ordered in advance
View the Sofitel Sydney high tea menu>>
*Subject to availability and conditions apply.

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Review: High tea at the Stillery – InterContinental Double Bay

June 25th, 2016
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Review by Melanie Pike, photography by Joshua Pike from Pike’s Palate

High tea at the Stillery - InterContinental Double Bay

High tea at the Stillery – InterContinental Double Bay

The Stillery at the InterContinental in Double Bay is reminiscent of a 1940s drawing room in a grand residence. Although I’m not sure how many private residences had a 7-metre-long marble bar fully stocked with luxury liquors (along with two antique absinthe fountains) and glittering like a lit up Christmas tree?!

But this is where we found ourselves on a rainy Sunday in Sydney. Nestled into high-backed chairs looking out the arched windows down onto the leafy village of Double Bay – glad we were tucked up inside while the people below were ducking for cover as the wind and rain continued.

The InterContinental brand is known for offering unique experiences, just take a look at our High Coffee review. The InterContinental Double Bay is no different, with three options to choose from: a traditional high tea, a champagne high tea, and… a martini high tea.

High tea at the Stillery – InterContinental Double Bay

High tea at the Stillery – InterContinental Double Bay

High tea at the Stillery – InterContinental Double Bay

High tea at the Stillery – InterContinental Double Bay

Seeing as though the day we visited also happened to be World Martini Day – was it fate or just damn good luck? – it would have been rude to choose anything else wouldn’t it? What’s involved is three martinis matched to different elements of the tiered stand. If you’re a traditionalist with your martinis, I should warn you, these ones aren’t just gin, vermouth and olives – yes, it’s a classic – but we’re talking about matched drinks here, so the definition has been slightly loosened.

The first martini was a French 75. It’s gin-based with lemon juice, sugar syrup and topped with champagne. The lemon gives it a wonderful tang, while the champagne makes it tingle. It definitely whets your appetite in readiness for what’s to come.

The stand of treats arrives and it’s nice to see that they’ve mixed the sweet and savoury elements together instead of keeping the two separate. It feels like it’s giving you permission to mix things up yourself and deviate from the savoury first, sweets second norm if you like.

High tea at the Stillery – InterContinental Double Bay

High tea at the Stillery – InterContinental Double Bay

High tea at the Stillery – InterContinental Double Bay

High tea at the Stillery – InterContinental Double Bay

The petite offerings (no more than 3 bites each) are all well made with some interesting twists on the traditional. The Serrano ham with olive tapenade was served on a crisp baguette round so that the tapenade didn’t soak through and make the bread soften. The beetroot cured smoked trout was a lovely change from the usual smoked salmon and had some tiny pearls of trout roe sprinkled on top for a little hit of saltiness. The asparagus quiche had a lively tomato salsa on top to lift the flavour of the eggy filling.

The second martini was called a Spring Splash. Now I know it sounds like it should be green and cucumber-infused, but in fact it’s not. We were quite surprised when a raspberry red offering arrived at the table. Again it’s gin-based, this time a sloe gin, with raspberry liquor, lemon, sugar syrup and a foam on top made from egg whites. It’s really quite sweet like raspberry cordial (an adult version obviously), and it matches perfectly with the raspberry and rose macaron.

Kaffir lime cupcake

Kaffir lime cupcake

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High tea at the Stillery – InterContinental Double Bay

The martinis, like the food, are all a petite size so disappear quite quickly. By the time we’d finished the macaron, the Spring Splash had mysteriously evaporated too. That’s ok though, because the next martini was the Espresso Martini.

Hands up who hasn’t tried one of these before – nobody? Thought that might be so. This one is served super chilled and is a vodka base with Kahlua, espresso and a vanilla syrup. It’s strong and its perfect match on the stand is the chocolate and cardamom tart. The tart’s centre is a rich ganache that is enhanced by the bitterness of the espresso. Another standout sweet is the Spiced Bread Crème Brulee. Its silky custard is perfectly set so that it balances on a thin slice of spiced bread.

The High Martini also comes with tea or coffee, so we switched over to a pot of tea to sip with the fruit scones and citrus cupcake. While the scones and cupcakes were pretty, they unfortunately lacked some of the pizazz of the rest of the stand, which is a shame.

Don’t let that detract from what is an original idea that’s executed really well. Even if you don’t partake in the matched martini option, the menu is still exactly the same. It’s just that the martinis add a little cheeky fun to the experience which is perfect for hen’s days, kitchen teas, baby showers (apart from mumma, but there’s a mocktail menu!) or any “just because” excuse you care to think of.

The High Tea Menu:
SOMETHING SALTY
– Olive baguette with Serrano ham, basil, parmesan
– Smoked trout sandwich, brioche bun
– Cucumber, Pepe Saya butter finger sandwich
– Asparagus Quiche

SOMETHING SWEET
– Chocolate and cardamom tart
– Coconut and lime marshmallow
– Rose macaron, raspberry
– Spiced bread crème brulèe
– House made fruit scones
– Kaffir lime cupcake

Stillery at InterContinental Double Bay
Address:33 Cross St, Double Bay, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Tel:02 8388 8388
Available: 12 – 4pm daily. Bookings advised
Price: High Martini $65; High Tea with Perrier Jouet champagne $65; Traditional High Tea $55; Children’s High Tea $25
Prices are correct at the time of publishing, but are subject to change. Please contact the venue for further details.
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Win: High Tea and Accommodation at Primus Hotel Sydney

June 13th, 2016
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Here is your chance to win High Tea and one nights accommodation including breakfast for two people at Primus Hotel Sydney. 

Primus Hotel Sydney

Primus Hotel Sydney

With a soaring lobby, Primus Hotel Sydney has introduced a fresh take on the age-old ritual of afternoon tea. For those looking for an alternative to the traditional finger sandwiches, Executive Chef Ryan Hong has added a sense of flair to the British classic.

Served beneath the hotel’s eight-metre high marble columns and sweeping glass sky-well, guests are reverted to an era of 1930’s theatrical glamour. In a sanctuary of plush velvet sofas and brown leather armchairs, it is the perfect spot for a leisurely afternoon with friends or family.

High Tea at the Primus Hotel Sydney

High Tea at the Primus Hotel Sydney

Primus Hotel Sydney is proud to be the first 5 star Hotel in Sydney to complement their High Tea Menus with Tea Forte.

In December 2015, one of Sydney’s finest examples of art deco glamour opened its doors as Primus Hotel Sydney. Perfectly positioned in the heart of the city, this heritage sensitive refit of the former Sydney Water Board headquarters has breathed new life into an iconic 1930’s building.

About the prize
‘The Wilmot’ High Tea, overnight accommodation in a Deluxe room and breakfast for two at the Primus Hotel Sydney.

Primus Hotel Sydney

Primus Hotel Sydney

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The competition is closed
Congratulations to the winner Tania Rose

Competition Terms and Conditions Summary
Question: When is afternoon tea at Primus Hotel Sydney served?
The winner will be selected by random and will need to have answered the question correctly.
The competition closes on 24th of June 2016 at 5pm AEST.
The winner will be announced on High Tea Society on the 25th of June of 2016.
Full Terms and Conditions are available on the entry page.

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Review: High Tea at Primus Hotel Sydney

May 30th, 2016
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Review and photographed by Hills & West’s Aisha Hillary-Morgan and styled by Tara Castellan.

High Tea at the decadent 5 star Primus Hotel Sydney

High Tea at Primus Hotel Sydney

High Tea at Primus Hotel Sydney

Unparalleled grandeur for the social butterfly or discerning gentleman; in the centre of Sydney’s CBD Ryan Hong re-imagines the High Tea, taking the Primus Hotel to the next tier.

From the moment you enter, through the striking red marble pillared entrance into the decadent Art Deco atrium, to the very last bite of your indulgent feast, you are taken on a journey of luxurious 1930s glamour.

Launched in December 2015, 76 years after the iconic Sydney Water Board headquarters, the restoration sensitively maintains the original aesthetic of architect H.E. Budden & Mackey but applies a contemporary twist using modern furnishings and fittings throughout, the lobby bar, The Wilmot, all-day dining restaurant, to the exclusive resident LA style rooftop pool bar, the Primus experience will definitely not disappoint.

With effortless style you are warmly greeted as you enter the grand lobby and guided to regal, velvet chez lounges in the atrium. We were welcomed, politely offered sparkling or still water and asked if champagne was on the agenda for the afternoon. After a definite yes, we sat back, soaked up the glorious atmosphere and listened to the thoughtfully selected ambient music. Nitian, the host, with his polished service and theatrical hospitality, left us with ‘let the fun begin’; creating an energy of excitement as we were left to peruse the menus.

High Tea at Primus Hotel Sydney

High Tea at Primus Hotel Sydney

High Tea at Primus Hotel Sydney

High Tea at Primus Hotel Sydney

High Tea at Primus Hotel Sydney

High Tea at Primus Hotel Sydney

Your eyes are immediately drawn to the open kitchen where you can see executive chef, Ryan Hong and pastry chef, Andrea Liu crafting their gastronomy feast.

The beverage list is a perfect compliment to the exotic surroundings. Each element has a story and we were told how Gabrielle, the food and beverage manager, had carefully selected Melbourne’s Tea Forte range, containing a selection of 10 flavours ranging from Moroccan Mint to an African Solstice.   We also scanned the expansive selection of hedonistic cocktails; from a Poinsettia with Cointreau, cranberry, Veuve Clicquot, to the1939 Absolut citron, lychee and cassis, named after the year the building was constructed.

Only in its second week and still a little subdued, you could only imagine the room filled with finely dressed ladies and dapper gentlemen. If you wanted a more intimate setting, hidden in a corner out of the atrium, you could request to sit in the round booths in the restaurant, The Wilmot or the lobby bar.

We selected The Wilmot experience from Ryan’s selection of High Teas. For those looking for a more exotic menu, the Zen High Tea might tickle your fancy and for those looking for something heartier, the G’N’Tea is the perfect feast.

As the art deco tiered cake stand was placed on our coffee table, you could see the inspiration drawn from the buildings heritage re-imagined.

Primus Hotel Sydney

Primus Hotel Sydney

Primus Hotel Sydney

Primus Hotel Sydney

High Tea at Primus Hotel Sydney

High Tea at Primus Hotel Sydney

From understated but sophisticated Schonwald German porcelain plates and Studio William cutlery, we started with the savoury selection’s smoked salmon, cream fraiche and lemon. The grilled smoked brioche was flavoursome and fluffy and the cream fraiche was light, complimenting the fresh salmon. Next the curried egg and cucumber on multigrain was perfectly moist and an ideal precursor to the pork and fennel sausage roll that was crisp, flaky and reminiscent of the taste of traditional ‘homemade’ rolls. We ended our savoury experience with the pumpkin tart, with its short crust and different textures of pumpkin puree, squares and seeds.

Next was the far from traditional lemon and white chocolate scones. With whipped cream, rhubarb, strawberry and gin jam, the biscuit-like scones were a perfect segue to the sweet selection, allowing you to ramp up the sweetness to your hearts content from the cute jars provided.

From the sweet selection we started with the beautifully deconstructed vanilla cheesecake with charred pineapple, with perfect flavours and pairing of textures – it was one of my favourites. Then the passion fruit praline and popcorn mouse, which was a combination of rich chocolate decadence and a well balanced light custard and fruit tart.

As we came to our last two treats, the sugar high was kicking in and the inner child was coming out. We finished with the petit wagon wheel; with dehydrated raspberries and raspberry puree burst and the gooey salted caramel fudge. Delicious.

Pastry Chef Andrea Liu and Executive Chef Ryan Hong

Pastry Chef Andrea Liu and Executive Chef Ryan Hong

Tara Castellan and Aisha Hillary-Morgan

Tara Castellan and Aisha Hillary-Morgan

We were lucky to chat with Ryan in the Kitchen and talked through his inspirations, unique style, favourite dishes and future plans for the menu. Ryan was looking forward to creating a unique experience at the Primus and as time goes on he would evolve and play with the menu catering to the beautiful space and environment.

Gentleman’s High Tea

Gentleman’s High Tea (supplied image)

When I asked about the G’N’Tea menu and how it came about, Ryan jokingly said that it started as an attempt to infuse tea with gin and that it evolved to him infusing foods. Then he thought, why don’t I create something different and that was how the G’N’Tea was created.

The high tea experience takes you on a journey back to the indulgence of the 1930’s and the attention to detail of the staff was phenomenal. I have already booked in to sample the Zen and G’N’Tea menus, as I know they too will be a culinary journey one must enjoy.

High Tea at Primus Hotel Sydney (supplied image)

High Tea at Primus Hotel Sydney (supplied image)

The Wilmot High Tea Menu
Sweet:
– Passion fruit praline, popcorn mousse cake Fruit tart
– Vanilla cheesecake with charred pineapple
– Petit Wagon Wheel
– Salted caramel fudge
Savoury:
– Smoked salmon, cream fraiche and lemon on grilled brioche
– Curried egg and cucumber on multigrain slice
– Pork and fennel sausage rolls
– Pumpkin tart
– Lemon and white chocolate scones with whipped cream and rhubarb, strawberry and gin jam

The G’N’Tea Menu – Gentleman’s High Tea
– Oyster Kilpatrick
– Wagyu sliders
– Pork bao
– Salt and pepper squid
– Lamb shoulder croquet with celeriac
– Fried chicken wing with chilli aioli Beef and burgundy pie
– Ham and cheese toasty

High Tea at Primus Hotel Sydney

Primus Hotel Sydney

The Zen High Tea Menu
Sweet:
– Green tea and raspberry mousse cake
– Mango and coconut sago
– Kalamansi curd fruit tart
– Chocolate and jasmine delice
– Miso caramel fudge
Savoury:
– Peking duck pancake
– Pork bao
– Seafood salad on a wonton crisp
– Thai beef salad
– Steamed bun with pandan coconut custard

Primus Hotel Sydney
Address: 339 Pitt Street,Sydney, Australia, 2000
To book call: T +61 2 8027 8000 or Email: [email protected]
Cost:
$45 food only, including tea and coffee
$55 beverage choice, including a glass of Chandon sparkling or a premium beer
$65 premium selection, including a glass of Veuve Clicquot or a premium cocktail
Prices are correct at the time of publishing, but are subject to change. Please contact the venue for further details.
Gluten free available if ordered in advance
When: Available everyday from 3 to 5pm.
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Review: Afternoon Tea at The Tea Room – QVB Sydney

May 2nd, 2016
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Review by Melanie Pike, photography by Joshua Pike from Pike’s Palate

Afternoon Tea at The Tea Room

Afternoon Tea at The Tea Room

The Grand Ballroom in the Queen Victoria Building in the heart of Sydney’s CBD has, for the last decade at least, been known as The Tea Room, offering guests an elegant experience in one of Sydney’s most well known historical buildings. Being one of the first venues to offer it, The Tea Room originally made quite a name for itself as Sydney’s best high tea. While we’ve previously reviewed it here at High Tea Society, that was several years ago, so we thought it time we paid another visit.

The opulence of the room upon entry is still spectacular, and it’s clear to see why many a wedding has also been celebrated in this space. Soaring ceilings, arched windows, sparkling chandeliers, the wow factor is breathtaking. The Royal Albert fine bone china is impeccable, and unlike some shabby chic venues, it all matches!

Afternoon Tea at The Tea Room QVB

Afternoon Tea at The Tea Room QVB

Afternoon Tea at The Tea Room QVB

Afternoon Tea at The Tea Room QVB

Afternoon Tea at The Tea Room QVB

Afternoon Tea at The Tea Room QVB

Once seated at our table, the friendly staff waste no time in kicking things off. We have our order taken and the champagne arrives in no time at all – we always choose the champagne option when reviewing! Thankfully we’re left to peruse the tea menu at our leisure, it’s three pages long so it takes a while to decide!

A short time later the 3-tier stand arrives. Much to our delight the scones are served nice and warm. Not all venues do this, and it’s a nice touch when some do. Breaking them apart it’s easy to see that they’re some of the best scones we’ve eaten in a long time. A good crunch on the outside, but still perfectly soft on the inside. Of course we slathered them with the clotted cream and house made jam. They were definitely the “dish of the day”.

Afternoon Tea at The Tea Room QVB

Afternoon Tea at The Tea Room QVB

Afternoon Tea at The Tea Room QVB

Afternoon Tea at The Tea Room QVB

Afternoon Tea at The Tea Room QVB

Afternoon Tea at The Tea Room QVB

Everything about this experience is steeped in tradition, and the rest of the food is no exception. Lovely fresh finger sandwiches, some warm savoury pastries and a plate of petit fours. All perfectly delicious examples, but we think it’s here that the ‘best high tea in Sydney’ crown starts to slip a little. Don’t get us wrong, we really enjoyed everything on the 3 tiers, but there’s nothing (apart from the scones) that stood out as ‘the best’. Plenty of other venues we’ve visited are on par with the food here – some of them even surpass it.

When it’s all said and done though, high tea at The Tea Room is definitely one to check out. The history of this beautiful venue makes it well worth the visit.

Royal Albert fine bone china

Royal Albert fine bone china

Afternoon Tea Menus

Morning tea $35 – until 12pm
A set selection of finger sandwiches, petit fours, tea or coffee. Tea Selection included. Tea for Connoisseurs additional $2.

Traditional Afternoon Tea $45
A set selection of finger sandwiches, petit fours, sweet and savoury pastries, scones with preserve and clotted cream, tea or coffee. Tea Selection included. Tea for Connoisseurs additional $2.

Sparkling Afternoon Tea $50
A set selection of finger sandwiches, petit fours, sweet and savoury pastries, scones with preserve and clotted cream, tea or coffee and a glass of Australian sparkling wine. Tea Selection included. Tea for Connoisseurs additional $2.

Cocktail Afternoon Tea $60
A selection of finger sandwiches, petit fours, sweet and savoury pastries, scones with preserve and clotted cream, tea or coffee and served with a cocktail. Tea Selection included. Tea for Connoisseurs additional $2.

Champagne Afternoon Tea $65
A set selection of finger sandwiches, petit fours, sweet and savoury pastries, scones with preserve and clotted cream, tea or coffee and a piccolo of French champagne. Tea Selection included. Tea for Connoisseurs additional $2.

Queen Victoria Building Tea Room
Location: Queen Victoria Building, Level 3, North End, 455 George Street, Sydney.
Price range: $35 – $65
Prices are correct at the time of publishing, but are subject to change. Please contact the venue for further details.
When: Served Monday to Sunday, 10am until close
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Win: Accommodation & High Tea at Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney

February 26th, 2016
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Enter for a chance to win a luxurious overnight stay at the 5-star hotel, Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney including a delicious High Tea for two. 

The total prize value is over $500 AUD.  

High Tea at Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney

High Tea at Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney

Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney is an intimate, boutique style, five-star hotel housed within a stunning heritage-listed building located in the heart of the Sydney CBD and within walking distance to many of Sydney’s famous sights including the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Relax, revive and rejuvenate in our spacious guest room with décor of elegance and sophistication. Enjoy access to the amenities including pillow menu, complimentary internet access, gym, steam room and 15-metre indoor pool.

Then, re-imagine the art of tea taking from one of the best; the scrumptious High Tea menu includes savoury delights, sweet temptations, the classic scone and your choice of aromatic coffees or La Maison Du Thé. All the beautiful handmade cakes are made by the onsite Pastry Chef with natural ingredients, no colourings!

High Tea at Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney

High Tea at Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney

High Tea at the Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney is available every day from 10:30am. For more information visit the Radisson Blu Plaza website or their Facebook page.

Prize: 
One night accommodation and High Tea for two at the Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney. Subject to availability. Exclusion dates apply. Prize Acceptance T & C’s 

Competition is closed
Congratulations to the winner Samara McRae

How To Enter:

Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney

Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney

– To win you need answer the question: Does Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney offer Gluten-Free High Tea?
– The winner will be selected by random and will need to have answered the question correctly.
– The competition closes on the 9th of March 2016, at 5 pm AEDST.
– The winner will be announced on High Tea Society on the 12th of March of 2016.
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Review: High Tea in the House, NSW Parliament Sydney

January 31st, 2016
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Review by Melanie Pike, photography by Joshua Pike from Pike’s Palate

High Tea in the House, NSW Parliament Sydney

High Tea in the House, NSW Parliament Sydney

Hosted on site at Australia’s first and oldest Parliament, this is a high tea venue quite unlike the rest. Served in the Stranger’s Dining Room on the last Friday of each month, ‘High tea in the House’ is an opportunity to visit areas of Parliament usually reserved only for members.

The team of chefs, led by award winning Executive Chef David Learmonth (ex Biota, Bowral and Eshalot, Berrima to name a few), have taken the traditional high tea and added some flourishes that even the most staunch traditionalist of the Country Women’s Association would approve of. Everything is made on site, using NSW produce, which considering the history of the location is a nice touch.

With panoramic views across Sydney’s Domain the soft green interior feels like an extension of the lush green lawns outdoors. The fresh cut flowers on each table, thick white tablecloths and Wedgewood table service (all with the NSW parliament crest embossed) complete the setting.

High Tea in the House, NSW Parliament Sydney

High Tea in the House, NSW Parliament Sydney

High Tea in the House, NSW Parliament Sydney

High Tea in the House, NSW Parliament Sydney

High Tea in the House, NSW Parliament Sydney

High Tea in the House, NSW Parliament Sydney

The traditionalist in me loves a good cucumber sandwich, and this one didn’t disappoint. The cucumber was lightly pickled to lift the sandwich from the usual to refreshing. The salmon roulade was spectacular. A superbly thin crepe wrapped with a generous serving of lightly smoked salmon and a chive cream.

The scones were a good size (not too big like some can be), and dense without being overly heavy.

The lemon curd in the meringue cups could give the grand champion of the aforementioned CWA a run for her money. Perfectly smooth and buttery with a smack of citrusy lemon, it was housed in an unfaultable mini tart crust with a pillow of torched meringue atop. It was our favourite sweet of the day.

High Tea in the House, NSW Parliament Sydney

High Tea in the House, NSW Parliament Sydney

High Tea in the House, NSW Parliament Sydney

High Tea in the House, NSW Parliament Sydney

High Tea in the House, NSW Parliament Sydney

High Tea in the House, NSW Parliament Sydney

High Tea in the House, NSW Parliament Sydney

High Tea in the House, NSW Parliament Sydney

Overall, High tea in the House is a great example of a quality high tea. A strong menu done exceptionally well. It gives a nod to tradition without being stale of stuffy.

High Tea in the House High Tea Menu
– Dill pickled cucumber finger sandwich
– Salsa verde pumpkin and bocconcini tart
– Smoked salmon and chive cream roulade
– Lemonade scones with house-made jam
– Chocolate opera with mousse
– Mixed mini macaroon brochettes
– Flamed lemon meringue tart
– Petite cupcakes
– Served with tea and coffee.

High Tea it the House – NSW Parliament
Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia
There are three menus available:
• Traditional High Tea served with tea and coffee – $42 per person
• Hope Estate Pinot Chardonnay NV Sparkling High Tea – $44 per person
• Lerida Estate Lake George Brut Rose Sparkling High Tea – $52 per person
Prices are correct at the time of publishing, but are subject to change. Please contact the venue for further details.
Bookings are recommended and can be made by contacting NSW Parliamentary Catering on 02 9230 2248 or by email to: [email protected]
View the NSW Parliament website here>> 

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Review: High Tea at Sadhana Kitchen Sydney

September 3rd, 2015
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Review by Melanie Pike, photography by Joshua Pike from Pike’s Palate

High Tea at Sadhana Kitchen Sydney

High Tea at Sadhana Kitchen Sydney

Raw, vegan high tea

Not everyone can indulge in traditional high teas, which are predominantly packed with all the good things that butter, cream, refined sugar and flour can provide. While most venues are now catering for dietary needs, it’s always something you need to remember to mention when you’re booking a table. But the high tea at Sadhana Kitchen in Sydney has turned this on its head. Carnivores beware, this is a totally vegan, raw, gluten free, wholefood experience – and it’s fantastic.

No matter what your dietary restrictions are – Paleo, vegan, lactose-intolerant or coeliac – you can confidently enjoy this high tea, safe in the knowledge that there’s no hidden nasties lurking in the treats. Well, everyone except nut allergies, they feature quite heavily in the menu.

High Tea at Sadhana Kitchen Sydney

High Tea at Sadhana Kitchen Sydney

High Tea at Sadhana Kitchen Sydney

High Tea at Sadhana Kitchen Sydney

High Tea at Sadhana Kitchen Sydney

High Tea at Sadhana Kitchen Sydney

Speaking of which, everything is made in house from seasonal organic produce, with nothing heated above 40C to stay within the limits of raw ‘cooking’. The seasonality of the menu means that the chefs at Sadhana change it up regularly.

The health benefits of raw organic cooking aside, this isn’t what we’d call ‘diet food’. It’s as rich and delicious as anything you’d find on a regular stand. We went with an open mind as we’re definitely not vegans, but we are foodies and up for anything new. There’s a lot of interesting textures and flavours across the various spreads, and we were pleasantly surprised at just how enjoyable the whole experience was.

Being healthy and nutrient-dense, another benefit was that we didn’t suffer from the usual “oh my, I’m so full of cake” bloat that comes after most other reviews we’ve done! This one left us feeling full, and smugly satisfied.

High Tea at Sadhana Kitchen Sydney

High Tea at Sadhana Kitchen Sydney

High Tea at Sadhana Kitchen Sydney

High Tea at Sadhana Kitchen Sydney

High Tea at Sadhana Kitchen Sydney

High Tea at Sadhana Kitchen Sydney

High Tea at Sadhana Kitchen Sydney

High Tea at Sadhana Kitchen Sydney

Current menu:

Savoury
Coconut bacon pizzette
Eggplant pastrami rolls
Cucumber sandwiches with cashew cream cheeze on house made corn bread
Mini mushroom and red capsicum quiche
Sweet
Assorted mini cakes
Mini choc-raspberry tart
Caramel slice
Date & fig scones with raspberry chia jam & coconut cream
Drinks
Organic hand blended tea of your choice from The Rabbit Hole Organic Tea Bar
or Organic coffee of your choice on soy, coconut or almond mylk.

Sadhana Kitchen
147 Enmore Road, Enmore NSW 2024
When: The organic raw vegan high tea is available daily. Sadhana Kitchen offers 1 sitting at 10am. All sittings are 1.5 hours in duration and their maximum capacity is 6 per sitting.
Ph: 02 9516 1334
E: [email protected]
Price: From $55 per person
Prices are correct at the time of publishing, but are subject to change. Please contact the venue for further details.
Bookings are essential and can be booked via their website>> 

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Review: High Tea at the InterContinental Hotel Sydney

August 5th, 2015
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Review by Melanie Pike, photography by Joshua Pike from Pike’s Palate

High Coffee at the InterContinental Hotel Sydney

High Coffee at the InterContinental Hotel Sydney

Not everyone is a teetotaller, some of us are coffee addicts. So it’s a good thing that there’s something for everyone in The Cortile at Sydney’s InterContinental hotel. Traditionalists can indulge in a well-stocked high tea buffet, while those who think outside of the teacup can relish in a decadent high coffee experience instead.

We did this review over two visits – such is the size of the menu on offer between the two. Take a read through the menus (below) and you’ll see what we mean – across the two experiences there’s over 30 different elements to nibble your way through. We love a packed stand of treats, but even we have limits!

Youssef Aderdour, Pastry Chef, InterContinental Hotel Sydney

Youssef Aderdour, Pastry Chef, InterContinental Hotel Sydney

Our first visit was for the High Coffee.

Seated in high-backed lounges, a spiced espresso martini was the opening act. If you’ve never had one before, you better like your coffee strong, because – while still sweet – it definitely packs a wallop! Served ice-cold with a good level of spice, it was gone all too soon and left us wanting another.

After that the first stand was served – that’s right, there’s multiple parts to this event. Speaking to the pastry chef, Youssef Aderdour, he told us he designed the menu to take you on a journey. Beginning with the cold savouries, you move on to the warm savouries, then to the warm sweets, followed by the cold sweets, and finally an affogato to finish. Are you full just reading that? You should be!

High Coffee at the InterContinental Hotel Sydney

High Coffee at the InterContinental Hotel Sydney

High Coffee at the InterContinental Hotel Sydney

High Coffee at the InterContinental Hotel Sydney

High Coffee at the InterContinental Hotel Sydney

High Coffee at the InterContinental Hotel Sydney

High Coffee at the InterContinental Hotel Sydney

High Coffee at the InterContinental Hotel Sydney

High Coffee at the InterContinental Hotel Sydney

High Coffee at the InterContinental Hotel Sydney

After the savouries are finished, we start on the warm sweets. Waffles, crepes and scones with a selection of mix and match accompaniments. Don’t feel bad if you only eat half of them though, there’s still a long way to go in this high coffee journey. The waffle with chocolate sauce and chantilly was quite delicious though, and hard not to polish off.

At this stage a little glass arrives with a quenelle of the most refreshing green apple sorbet contained within. The palate cleanser is here! It signifies the main part of the experience is finished with, and it’s time to order another coffee and prepare for the last sweet tier.

Everything is made in house, with the attention to detail that really shows the pastry team love what they do. The menu is well thought out, with interesting, original pairings without anything being too over the top. Watch out for the ‘surprise crunchy ball’ though. Without spoiling the surprise, it’s definitely an eat whole sweet, try biting it in half at your own peril (and a trip to the dry cleaners).

If you’ve made it this far, you’re doing well! To finish the experience is an affogato. A scoop of vanilla icecream with a shot of espresso poured over the top. It’s the third coffee to grace the menu, all of which are Vittoria beans.

The High Coffee is a great experience designed to leisurely graze over a few hours.

Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini

High Coffee Menu

Espresso Martini on arrival

Cold savouries
Chicken and sweet corn, mayonnaise, rocket, German Laugen bread; Mini croissant, smoked salmon, preserved lemon, radish; Organic quinoa salad, heirloom tomato, basil, garden pea, smoked mozzarella

Warm savouries
Moroccan vegetable roll, garlic aioli; Asparagus ricotta quiche; Beef and Guinness pie

Warm sweets
Buttermilk vanilla scones, orange ginger marmalade; Belgium waffles, chocolate spread; Orange crepes

Palate Cleanser – Green apple sorbet

Sweets
Popping candy peanut butter chocolate bar; Macaron, passionfruit, chocolate; Caramelised almond vanilla magnum; Basil lemon pavlova, Valrhona Opalys chocolate; Pistachio amarena cherry slice; Surprise crunchy ball

To Finish – Affogato – coffee poured over vanilla bean ice-cream.

The following weekend we returned for the Valrhona High Tea Buffet.

Valrhona High Tea Buffet

Valrhona High Tea Buffet

Valrhona is a French chocolate house established in 1922 and pastry chef Youseff has used its chocolates as the core ingredient for the buffet menu – and it’s quite an extensive menu at that.

Upon arrival we were greeted with a fully stocked buffet. Plates of delicate little cakes, savouries, slices and of course, chocolates. This is definitely a buffet designed for a little over-indulgence, but then what high tea isn’t? Make sure you make a few return trips to the buffet so you can sample as many of the treats on offer as possible.

The attention to detail on the buffet is also to the same high standard as the high coffee experience from the previous week. The staff busily restock the display throughout each sitting, while also ensuring all guests are well looked after with cups of tea and glasses of champagne.

Valrhona High Tea Buffet

Valrhona High Tea Buffet

Valrhona High Tea Buffet

Valrhona High Tea Buffet

Valrhona High Tea Buffet

Valrhona High Tea Buffet

Valrhona High Tea Buffet

Valrhona High Tea Buffet

Both experiences are served daily in The Cortile on the ground floor of the hotel. It’s a light filled indoor courtyard that was once part of the Treasury Building which was built in 1851. Make sure you take time to look up at the beautiful sandstone surrounds while you’re enjoying your visit to get a real feel for the history of the place.

Overall it’s hard to say which we enjoyed more. Being able to hand pick our own selection from the buffet in a choose-our-own high tea adventure was fun. But the high coffee is definitely a shake up on the traditional high tea, which is just as much fun too!

The decision is all yours, just make sure you arrive hungry!

Valrhona High Tea Buffet Weekday Menu:
Savoury selection: Moroccan vegetable roll with garlic aioli; Beef and Guinness pie.

Sandwich selection: Chicken, celery, tarragon and mayonnaise on carrot bread; Rare roast beef, sauerfraut, chipotle and aioli; Spiced Thai prawn, coriander and avocado.

Dessert selection: Sacher orange Guanaja chocolate cake; Heilala vanilla pannacotta with light caramel; Peanut butter Valrhona chocolate bar; Caramelia crunchy pearls; Valrhona Manjari chocolate financier, macadamia, candied orange; Snickers French macaron; Spiced dark chocolate crème brûlée.

Extras: Traditional buttermilk scones served with whipped cream and condiments.

Valrhona High Tea Buffet Weekend Menu:
Savoury selection: Moroccan vegetable roll, garlic aioli; Asparagus ricotta quiche; Beef and Guinness pie.

Sandwich selection: Chicken and pesto; Cream cheese and salmon roll; Egg and cucumber; Seasonal salad.

Dessert selection: Sacher orange Guanaja chocolate cake; Heilala vanilla pannacotta with light caramel; Yuzu Caraibe chocolate flourless slice; Wintery chocolate-orange drink; Peanut butter Valrhona chocolate bar; Caramelia crunchy pearls; Valrhona Manjari chocolate financier macadamia, candied orange; Passionfruit Jivara milk chocolate tart; Yummy chocolate chip cookies; Tim Tam, Valrhona dark chocolate & Snickers French macaron; Spiced dark chocolate crème brûlée; Milk & dark chocolate block with nuts and dry fruits.

Extras: Buttermilk style scones; orange crêpes; Belgium waffles with Condiments: strawberry jam, Chantilly cream, nutella, lemon, refined raw brown sugar; Caramelia, Dulcey, dark Varhona chocolate pearl bar; Fruit plate; Australian and International cheese with Lavash, crackers, and dry fruit & nuts.

High Coffee and Valrhona High Tea Buffet at the InterContinental Sydney
117 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Bookings advised
Call: 02 9240 1396
When: weekdays 11am-5pm; weekends 1pm – 2:30pm or 3pm – 4:30pm
Cost: $55 – $75 per person depending on package
Prices are correct at the time of publishing, but are subject to change. Please contact the venue for further details.
View the InterContinental Sydney website>>

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