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Oasis High Tea

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by Karen Ross (subscribe)
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Published January 27th 2022
Why not add a glass of sparkling wine?
Just a few weeks ago, I enjoyed a marvellous lunch at Oasis Gardens Restaurant, just out of Langhorne Creek. The food was delicious and very good value. The service was friendly and the setting was lovely. When I learned that Oasis offered high tea I vowed to return. I'm a big fan of high tea and I'm always on the lookout for an opportunity to enjoy such indulgence with a woman friend.

Oasis Restaurant, Langhorne Creek
Oasis Restaurant


So I marshalled a friend and rang to make a booking. I was puzzled by a question during the booking process and I now realise that I gave the wrong answer. More on that later.

Oasis Restaurant Garden
Garden outlook


We were greeted on our arrival, complimented on our appearance (we had each chosen a pretty dress in keeping with the theme of high tea) and shown to a quiet table towards one side of the restaurant. Current Covid restrictions mean that numbers are restricted and the hum of conversation from other diners is low, allowing the opportunity for each group to have a quiet chat.

We ordered a glass of local sparkling wine each ($8 a glass) and sipped for a while before being presented with our savouries.

Savouries
Savouries


Two types of sandwiches, along with sweet potato and corn falafels, smoked salmon tartlets and tiny pies were arranged, daintily, on a three-tiered plate in the traditional fashion. Less traditional, but possibly the most delectable, were Thai peanut satay prawns served in porcelain spoons.

Succulent sandwiches
Succulent sandwiches


The sandwiches were without crusts, of course, and filled with the customary egg and lettuce and chicken and cranberries.

Everything was delicious and the truth is that we had reached ample sufficiency after the savoury course. We requested a break before sweets then pressed on with heroic determination.

House-made scones
House-made scones


Fluffy, fresh scones came with two flavours of jam and chantilly cream. We both ordered Earl Grey tea which arrived in individual teapots.

Individual teapots
Individual teapots


We drank from delicate china teacups and noted the vintage teaspoons, similar to those our mothers sent to op shops. Our generation bought them back again to use on occasions just like this.

Vintage spoon
Vintage spoon


In addition to scones, there were lemon tartlets, key lime cheesecake, chocolate and caramel cakes and individual berry meringues.

Berry meringues
Berry meringues


I had indicated a preference to avoid gluten and the whole top tier was laden with gluten-free, chocolate delights.

Gluten free treats
Gluten free treats


Each and every item had been made on site, including the chutneys and sauces that accompanied the savouries and everything was delicious. There was no way we could eat it all, however, and this is where I had made my mistake. I now realise there are two high tea menus; the morning/afternoon tea version and the lunch version. When asked if we wanted the lunch version, since our booking was at 1pm, I answered 'yes'. The servings are extremely generous and the non-lunch version would have been more than adequate.

Sweets
Sweets at high tea


The friendly staff were happy to provide take away containers for the treats we couldn't eat. Nothing was wasted and we each enjoyed the leftover treats the next day.
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Why? A whimsical indulgence
When: Thursday - Sunday.
Phone: (08) 85364815
Where: 726 Langhorne Creek Road Belvidere South Australia 5255
Cost: $49.90 per person
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What a stunning selection of bite sized delicacies
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|5378) 243 days ago
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