Sofitel Wentworth – High Tea
High tea is a great excuse for girls,
to be piggies in a elegant lady like way haha!
It’s the whole experience that disguises being a piggy haha (not that there’s anything wrong with that ^_^ especially when everyone gets one of their own little sample of cakes, scones, savouries and endless cups of tea to themselves
If your looking for a twist to high tea, Sofitel Wentworth is different to the traditional English style. Sofitel have aimed their high-tea using contemporary french methods which explains why this high tea is a bit more expensive but you’re getting bigger portions (in terms of desserts). *Whoo*
High-Tea is a great excuse to round up a bunch of girls who love to talk over fancy teapots or champagne with the dining experience of 3 tier plates filled with simple yet elegant savory finger food, scones and a selection of pretty desserts that can make any girl go wow! (gosh us girls are suckers for all things sweet & pretty).
Usually when I think of High-Tea, I automatically think “gotta wear a cute day dress”. Its just not one of those places where you’d rock up with the girls looking like you hit a fan or woken up with your hair looking like a birds nest LOL.
Smoked salmon, horse radish cream, tiny capers on brioche
The standout was the salmon and brioche (Bec) loved this soo much she even had my share ^_^ Gotta admit portion is pretty generous!
Double Brie, quince and wild rocket on a baguette
My ultimate favourite! Brie was delicious as it slowly melted as the baguette was warm….and the quince – you beauty! It’s totally one of cheeses concubines.
The finger sandwiches were soft and fluffy as it’s meant to be. The chicken and mayo had generous portions (in comparison to other high tea’s) and the cucumber and dill was not plain and boring (like it usually is) but instead was tasty thanks to the sour cream and dill.
Mini Quiche Lorraine
Unfortunately, I wasn’t a huge fan of the quiche. I would have preferred something with puff pastry like the usual spinach and cheese or something different.
There are two varieties of scones (plain and raisin). I thoroughly enjoyed the scones maybe because I was traumatised by my last high tea experience at the Stamford where the scones were lop sided and had a cheesy smell =( Overall it was good not the best but good enough for you to be satisfied ^_^
The deadly sins of desserts
Wentworth cheesecake seems to be their signature dessert. The flavour was subtle (I couldn’t taste the cream cheese) and the volume was so light it was almost like eating a cake with a mousse like texture with soft sponge. Similar to Plan B’s vanilla bean cheesecake (read entry)
Tasted like an ‘asian’ coffee sponge cream cake. Coffee butter cream was full of flavour and the almond biscuit made the texture of this cake fairly steady and firm. Similar texture to Lindt’s opera cake ^_^
Financier [Translation: light teacake which usually contains almond flour, crushed or ground almonds]
My favourite cake mainly because hazelnuts are my favourite nut, but the flavour was so dominate that it was absolutely delicious. Cake was soft and spongy, the texture of grounded hazelnuts made this a really pleasurable cake to have with darjeeling tea.
Framboisier [Translation - framboise french for raspberry]
If you love the taste of raspberries, you’ll love the this! Mousse tasted like eating a handful of raspberries with the sourish berry tang. Mousse was very soft and smooth and very hard to divide between people because it was very very fragile.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t stomach this one.. yes i’m still traumatised by eating them =(
Chocoholic’s treat. Mousse was rich but not sweet thanks to the beautiful dark chocolate. Just one of those desserts you can’t go wrong with.
Lemon Curd Tart
Every high tea has some sort of lemon curd. Unfortunately didn’t quite hit the right note. The pastry base was a bit stiff and hard. Swiss Hôtel’s High tea had mirror image tarts.
Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
61-101 Phillip Street
Sydney NSW 2000
P: (02) 9228 9188