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Blu Bar High Tea by Anna Polyviou at Shangri-La Hotel

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Published July 9th 2018
High tea in the sky with Sydney's best view
Blu Bar High Tea by Anna Polyviou at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Blu Bar High Tea by Anna Polyviou at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney


Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney is taking high tea to the highest peak of perfection with the launch of an innovative new High Tea buffet created by Anna Polyviou. At Blu Bar on 36, you'll also be treated to Sydney's best views.

You will probably know Polyviou as a judge on the brand-new prime-time cooking competition Family Food Fight and she also appeared as a guest judge on MasterChef Australia three years in a row.

In 2017, she took home the coveted "Chef of the Year" at the TAA Awards, just after her win as "Pastry Chef of the Year" at the 2016 Gault&Millau Awards.

Blu Bar High Tea by Anna Polyviou at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Blu Bar High Tea by Anna Polyviou at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney


Not to mention her high tea and decadent dessert station at Cafe Mix, her moreish treats at Lobby Lounge and the Horizon Club, and her inventive in-room dining and banquet menus.

The unique elements of Polyviou's high tea includes stunning sweet treats and tempting savouries, all designed in the 'Punk Princess of Pastry's' distinctive style. Think of her signature colours, sleek glassware, teapots and cutlery.

Blu Bar High Tea by Anna Polyviou at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Blu Bar High Tea by Anna Polyviou at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney


Then think of desserts such as Pina-Colada (coconut, pineapple, lemongrass and Malibu), Popping (caramel, popcorn, chocolate) and Strawberries 'n' Creme (strawberry, mascarpone, vanilla), to name a few.

Then there's Polyviou's twist on traditional high tea favourites, like egg (egg, mayo, watercress), salad (goat's cheese, vegetables, olive oil) and quiche (roast vegetable and Lorraine).

Here is the full menu.

Imagine sinking into plush velvet lounges and enjoying free-flowing teapot cocktails including Passion Tea-quila, Pink Panther, and a Mohawk concoction reflecting Polyviou's hot pink hair. The talented bartenders at Blu Bar on 36's have also been busy creating sensational accompanying cocktails.

Then to add to the experience are the jaw-dropping views of the city, the Opera House and the majestic Sydney Harbour if you are not too engrossed in your feast.

The Blu Bar High Tea buffet is available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 1:45 to 3:45 p.m on level 36.

The cost is $75 per person on Friday and Saturday, and $95 per person on Sunday. On arrival, guests enjoy a glass of sparkling wine on Friday and Saturday, a glass of Champagne on Sunday, and free-flowing teapot cocktails during each seating

For more information, you can send an email to dine.slsn@shangri-la.com, call (61 2) 9250 6000 or visit www.shangri-la.com/sydney.
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Why? A high tea with views
When: Available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 1:45 to 3:45 p.m on level 36.
Phone: For more information, guests may send an email to dine.slsn@shangri-la.com, call (61 2) 9250 6000
Where: Level 36 Shangri-La Hotel 176 Cumberland Street Sydney, 2000 NSW
Cost: $75 per person on Friday and Saturday, and $95 per person on Sunday
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