High tea and the paleo way of eating are usually a contradiction, so I was intrigued to hear that Pete Evan's had developed one for his Brisbane restaurant Asana.
If you haven't looked into the hype of paleo, it usually means eating food with no dairy, gluten, refined sugar or legumes. It's a great diet for people with food intolerances, allergies, auto-immune conditions or any digestive problems.
High tea costs $32 per person with coffee or tea from the Sensory Lab in Melbourne, or $42 with a glass of champagne. I decided to try the high tea while my dining companion ordered off the regular menu (he doesn't have a sweet tooth).
I enjoyed the first course of sliders with perfect fluffy buns. One was cured salmon and the other vegetarian with sundried tomato, slaw, caramelised onion and beetroot.
The next course was a number of small desserts served on a wooden tray. The presentation was a work of art and I could easily see it winning on Masterchef. I ate way through strawberry shortcake, chocolate brownies with raspberries, pannacotta, lemon meringue, and cocoa bliss balls with chocolate bark and pistachios. I was unable to finish the desserts and asked to take home the chocolate pieces. I regularly eat high percentage Lindt chocolate, but even the cocoa based desserts were bitter for me (sugar usually balances it out).
The Asana High Tea was so filling and I would have preferred three sliders and less dessert, but I guess the sweet part of high tea is what makes it so decadent and fun.