The previous times I’ve been to High Tea here, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and could not fault anything from either the food or service end, but I do feel obligated to tell you about our booking debaucle this time round. Despite booking very far in advance, we were relegated to the ‘Garden Room’ upstairs, which turned out to be a dingy corner of their café. Not only did we lose our High Tea surrounds, we were then deprived of…the tea. I was appalled at the lack of a proper tea menu – a choice of only English Breakfast or Chai and …coffee :S Luckily the birthday girl asked we be seated downstairs :) We returned to the lounge only to find that we were in fact the first ones seated and there was no reason why we couldn’t have been there in the first place!!
Hopefully this is a (very) rare occurrence.
Despite this initial slip-up, I’d still recommend you try it if you’ve never been - we still had a fabulous high tea :D
The tower arrives
Scones, Jam and Cream
Nothing to complain about here, the bottom layer also included some scrumptious finger sandwiches, my favourite being the smoked salmon.
Individual tea sets, complete with 3 minute timer
Lower tiers - Opéra, Tarte au Citron
Both these were delicious, Opéra was moist, rich and chocolatey and the lemon tarts were small yet bursting with flavour.
Middle – Tarte au Citron, Cheesecake
The cheesecake was creamy but light with fruit, white chocolate and cream on the top, and was easily my favourite of the day:)
Upper tiers – Cône au Chocolat, Chocolate Mousse Cake, Macaronades
We are unsure exactly what type of cake it was, but it seemed to be a decadent chocolate themed creation, with layers of biscuit, chocolate mousse, topped with a glazed apricot and almond.
Tea timers which flow upwards!
Blueberries and a sweet yellow paste are sandwiched between the pretty pink macaroons.
Cône au Chocolate
The cones themselves are made of an almost waxy type chocolate and are filled with syrup covered strawberry pieces and then topped with cream. Deciding to eat bottom to top, I only managed a small mouthful of strawberries at the end!
Lenôtre Afternoon Tea
Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
61-101 Phillip St
Sydney NSW, Australia 2000
Phone: (02) 9228 9157