Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Winter high tea @ Adore Tea - Federation Square, Gold Creek, Canberra

So the last time I was down in Canberra was perfect timing to book for the fortnightly high tea held at my favourite afternoon tea time spot, Adore Tea.

The good thing about having two wardrobes in different places is that you end up finding things that you've forgotten about. I bought this dress ages ago from Princess Polly and never got around to wearing it. I thought high tea was the perfect place to wear it for it's first outing!

With AH Perfect Storm cardi

I was really excited to try the Winter High Tea here as the menu sounded so tempting with the matching teas paired with the treats.

But of course what's a weekend without some champagne in the morning. Veuve Ambal French Sparkling to be exact. It went down a treat.

The tea paired with the 'traditional' service, it was a Chinese black tea called Golden Monkey which was very nice and subtle

Sandwiches - including cucumber & mint butter; pumpkin infused with Russian Caravan smoky tea & baby spinach leaves & goats milk feta; Roasted beef with a winter chutney

Sparkling berry iced tea which was offered as an alternative to the champagne

After sandwiches, they brought out the savouries:

Cucumber with chunky beetroot & feta
Lavosh topped with apple, walnut & blue cheese
Salted mini toast roasted eggplant, olive tapenade & rosemary
Pumpernickel topped with Ham, cream cheese and chives

Served with flowering white tea

We actually finished all the savoury food before it even opened :P

The sweets

Coconut Mousse on Banana Cake - loved this! The coconut mousse (the big white square block) was awesome
Apple crumble tartlet

Classic American chocolate brownie
Cherry Almond Boat

Fresh Baked Scones served with
Apple & Cinnamon Tea Infused Mixed Berry Jam,
French Earl Grey Strawberry Jam and Clotted Cream 

The warm fluffy scones were very welcome on a cold Canberra day, and I love that they have tea infused jam - so yum!

Sweet treats served with sparkling Turkish Apple chunky iced tea

This was definitely my favourite - moist and delicious banana cake with creamy coconut mousse

Final service - Chai Vanilla black tea

Chai infused vanilla custard

Overall, I thought it was a great balance of savouries and sweet. It wasn't an overload of sweets like most high teas, and I loved the concept of the matching teas, especially the inclusion of the iced teas.

Federation Square 1
O'Hanlon Place


muppy said...

I love that it wasn't an overload of sweets although I would love to try that chai custard :)

Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet said...

Liked the look of the chai custard and the coconut mousse, also the sandwiches sounded interestingly delicious as well. I like that they had a pretty alternative for the champagne many placed do not. Yes your dress was perfectly pretty and perfect for high tea, what a great lost purchase find.

mademoiselle délicieuse said...

I think is quite nice as the focus is shifted to the tea away from the finger food. Some places are so focused on the food these days that they just give you a teabag in a pot!

missklicious said...

muppy - Me too! I find that with most high teas, I'm usually struggling to finish off the cakes and sweets and always wish for more savouries to balance it out. The chai custard was a nice way to finish!

Linda - I wasn't expecting anything in place of the champagne so I thought that was really nice they offered such a lovely iced tea that they have on their regular menu.

Rita - I agree, the teas were fantastic too and very much suited to each course, it would be great if more places did the same!

Spencer said...

I love the look of all those yummy sweet treats, especially the American Chocolate Brownie!

Yuki said...

That looks nice!!
i've never been to the high tea at Adore Tea..maybe next time!
thanks for the post~