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Published November 16th 2016
Perfect afternoon tea with a stunning view
Stunning location. Beautiful food. Professional service. The Park Hyatt at Sydney's The Rocks is mostly known for its fabulous accommodation overlooking one of the most beautiful harbours in the world. This incredible hotel, though, has been gaining a reputation for another reason - its outstanding afternoon tea. Commencing at 2.30 pm each day, the Hyatt's afternoon tea is an experience of wonderful indulgence.
We chose the Park Hyatt afternoon tea for a family get-together for my daughter's 21st birthday. She wrote a list of eight prospective venues around Sydney for an afternoon tea and while many on the list were worth visiting, the Park Hyatt's location won us over. With its large floor to ceiling windows, guests can look out to the boardwalk which flanks the hotel's edge, then across to the rivercats and ferries plying along Sydney Harbour. But the main focal point from the restaurant of the Park Hyatt is the Sydney Opera House. Its stunning sails beckons guests to admire this iconic building across the water.
Once we settled into the comfortable plush seating, a lovely surprise arrived. A delicate silky smooth chocolate mousse birthday cake with one candle was placed in front of my daughter, compliments of the hotel. She enjoyed tucking into the cake but didn't appreciate her mum snatching small fork fulls of chocolate bliss.
A waitress approached us to enquire if we had any food intolerances or special food requests. We then ordered our drinks of hot chocolate and a coffee and later ordered a second round of hot drinks at no extra charge. Our three-tiered afternoon delights arrived and our eyeballs popped. The bottom tier contained cucumber sandwiches; smoked salmon, dill and cream cheese; and a sesame bun which contained turkey, ham and apple. To complete this round was the delicious bocconcini and cherry tomato with a basil pesto. The middle tier had lovely scones crowned with sugar crystals, instead of the usual sprinkling of sugar on top. The scone was very tasty and the sweet sugar flavour was not overpowering yet set it apart from other scones at more traditional afternoon teas. The top tier displayed the vision that sweet-lovers delight in. Vanilla choux, strawberry and rhubarb tart, a sensational macaron, and a chocolate and peanut butter slice. The desserts looked wonderful and tasted exquisite. The Park Hyatt afternoon tea is $55 per person or $70 with a glass of champagne. With Christmas not far away, this afternoon tea would be an ideal dining experience for friends to gather or for a Christmas work function.
The only drawback was the noise for the first hour, with many diners in animated conversations. Once some of the diners left, it quietened down a little. Overall, the food was superb, the staff were friendly and very professional and the location ... well, it is Sydney Harbour. No comparison.