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A touch of luxury awaits
I was lucky enough to be invited, with a friend, to sample Passiontree Velvet's Mother's Day High Tea in advance of the occasion celebrating mothers and I have to say it was one of best high teas I have experienced and I've done a few.
This patisserie-cum-cafe is true to its name with its cakes being velvety smooth and silky looking. Our three-tiered stand came to us with a generous amount of their speciality creations, including the layered Chocolate Truffle Cake, Berry White Chocolate Mousse Cake with macaron atop, Blueberry Bouquet Cheesecake and the vanilla and chocolate mousse sponge, Plaisir. All were mouth watering and went down very easily. This was just the top tier. A heaven to dessert lovers.
The second tier consisted of warm scones with cream and jam. These were almost star-shaped in appearance and also went down well with our beverages. Speaking of the latter, I first ordered a refreshing cold drink – a Passion Soda – and later a Capuccino. The soda arrived at the table on a wooden board with a glass of clear soda and a separate jug of passionfruit flavoured syrup. I haven't seen a soda come out like this before but I loved the idea of it as it allows you to add as little or as much flavour to the drink to suit your taste. Tasting the soda first on its own, it had a slight sugar taste and I wasn't overpowered by bubbles of gas. I could have drunk it as it was but I added the syrup bit by bit to my achieved satisfaction. My friend ordered the Peppermint Tea, which also arrived on a board, and it had us admiring the very nice glass teapot with its inner pouch (for want of a better word) that contained the tea leaves.
This high tea equates to the Duchess Full High Tea on their website but comes with an additional parting gift box of 6 macarons for Mother's Day. Although beautifully wrapped with ribbon, I had to open it and look inside 'Pandora's Box'. As I was too full after our high tea to sample one, I decided to sample the blue macaron of salted caramel as I write this review and I am in heaven once again! I'm tempted to eat more but I must contain myself in order to spread these joys out.
Other high teas are available with different inclusions and new options are always being developed. A good range of teas can be had, from black teas with chocolate hazelnut or cinnamon flavours to herbal and green teas. Light meals can also be purchased.
Presentation is immaculate at Passiontree Velvet and the luxury is felt throughout with both the food and the decor. Stark white mixed with peppermint green combine perfectly in the look of the place with the white marble tables and chairs along with some green fabric bench seating; the white counter with its interesting panelling and the green coffee machine; the white plates and green coffee cups and that beautiful green box of macarons.
The glass display of cakes and macarons are breathtaking and I'll definitely be coming back to try the Peanut Butter Macaron, the Red Velvet Cake, the Pina Colada Cake, Cookies & Cream Cake and the Nuts Bite Cake. Probably more as there are so many delicious and colourful items to choose from.
There are not enough words to describe how wonderful I found this place. It's a gem in Macquarie Shopping Centre and even with its openness in the food precinct we were not perturbed by passing shoppers. There is still a degree of privacy in this luxurious space.
Passiontree Velvet are also at Balgowlah and are coming to St Ives soon. Queensland has its share of luxury with stores on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane. So if you're lucky to be near or not too far from this amazing patisserie, then check it out. You won't be disappointed. Alternatively, you can order whole cakes online, including the Mother's Day Blueberry Cheesecake with edible flowers, as well as Macaron Towers.