Katherine Eva is a Freelance Writer on the look-out for top adventure spots.
Published September 29th 2016
City-slick high tea with a view
In recent years I've been lucky enough to get invited to the Gallery Tea Lounge at the Sheraton on the Park to experience their delicious High Teas. And I was more keen than ever this year because a recent makeover has brought the atmosphere of Hyde Park into the Lounge.
The new ornate silver coloured wall feature depicts intertwined tree roots, seemingly hungry to reach out and grab some of those little cakes (more on that in a moment). Even the cake stands follow this elegant silver tree theme, looking like a three tiered candelabra with sprawling silver branches.
All of this wild nature really gets you hungry and soon we're enjoying a glass of Domaine Chandon Sparkling, whilst leisurely waiting for the tea stand's arrival. Again we decide to take our time, there's no need to rush! (If you've read my prior reviews about the Gallery Tea Lounge, you might note that we've had brushes with fame there. This time it was no different; a few tables away was a famous newsreader, surrounded by what looked like an eager group of producers, all discussing serious TV business. Then the three final girls from The Bachelor suddenly appeared, obviously all in Sydney to do promotions for the finale). Exciting stuff.
Back to the other excitement at hand - the arrival of the famous tea stand! Again the only sensible option is to start with the savoury treats first, and make our way up to the "top shelf" of tiny sweet delicacies. So we start off with some delicious ham and caramelised onion mini quiches, smoked salmon on rye, and duck and currant pate brioches. Then it's on to white chocolate flavoured scones, freshly baked and deliciously crumbly. By this stage we fear we can't eat anymore, so we order another glass of Chandon to gather our strength. Sure enough, it arouses our energy and we make our way to the mini delicate passion fruit trifles, hazelnut cream eclairs and raspberry macarons - yum! Overall we stay for three hours, savouring the elegant atmosphere and mini treats, all freshly prepared in the in-house kitchen.
A few days later, surprisingly, I do it all again, but on a bigger scale! This time we're heading to the Weekend Afternoon Tea Buffet. As the name suggests, rather than being delivered a tea stand to the table, there's a huge tempting buffet of delicacies like fresh crepes, pikelets, hot savouries, mango raspberry cream, mixed berry cheesecake, apricot cheese cake, and cheese platter and crackers just to name a few! We start off with some delicious salmon on rye again before trying freshly fried boiling hot spring rolls. We decided to go easy on the savouries this time, because the sweeties look too inviting!