Sydney Series- Wentworth Afternoon Tea at the Sofitel hotel

Saturday afternoon

I couldn’t go to Sydney and not go to a high tea! I had arranged to meet up with a dear friend of mine who told me about the whole festival to begin with. There were many venues to choose from but after reading the website about the ‘Wentworth Afternoon tea’ and its convenient location I decided on the Softel Hotel.

From the website:

Wentworth Afternoon Tea

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth is thrilled to continue the tradition of our “Wentworth High Tea”.

The Legendary Wentworth Cheesecake is the finale to this revered ritual.

Our selection is inspired by the art of French cuisine’s contemporary style, while invoking the classic heritage and history of the Wentworth Hotel.

The Wentworth Afternoon Tea experience is heightened through the attention to every detail, from the freshly prepared delicate cakes and pastries down to the personalised service.

Afternoon Tea is served in the Sofitel Lounge daily. Garden Court Restaurant caters for large group bookings, with minimum of 12 persons.

The new Wentworth Afternoon Tea at the Sofitel is a return to a high tea tradition, featuring a full range of deluxe Ronnefeldt tea, sweet and savoury treats. And the Wentworth hotel’s very own signature cheesecake – resurrected from an original recipe created around the time the Wentworth opened as Sydney’s very first five star hotel in 1966.

After walking the wrong way for a bit because I wasn’t paying attention to the blue dot I was supposed to follow, we finally arrived to a nicely decorated foyer where we went into the lounge area for high tea. When we were seated we were given an extensive ‘tea menu’ and it took me a while to decide what tea to have.

Getting ready for high tea

Golden Assam (black tea) an excellent, large-leafed tea with bright golden tips. With a delicate note of cocoa accentuated by a malty sweetness. A very lovely tea which wasn’t overly strong and was great on its own without milk or sugar.

Wentworth Afternoon tea tier for two– they have gluten free options available.

A break down of each tier:

Chocolate eclair was pretty tasty, peach meringue tart (to our surprise as we thought it would be lemon meringue) not particularly peachy, pistachio macaron gorgeous colour but no taste what so ever (cafe Cre Asion had spoilt us), raspberry opera cake tasted like a ‘cherry ripe’ cake (extremely sweet) but I loved staring at all the layers and the white chocolate “Wentworth cheesecake” I wish they went out of the way to tell us in particular that this was THE CHEESECAKE, after tasting the tier I was convinced that they were yet to give us the Wentworth cheesecake based on their description on their website. It tasted like a white chocolate mousse and sponge cake and not really a cheese cake, nice though, but not as great as they made it out to be.

Plain and raisin scones with strawberry jam– simple yet delicious

Chicken sandwiches a refreshing break from all the sweets, brie cranberry baguette the brie was very lovely, smoked salmon and capers on brioche (how cute is the salmon rosette!) this was very delicious and mushroom in choux pastry others thought it was weird but I really liked it (although it does help liking mushrooms).

     

I left feeling a bit disappointed, I did end up eating everything because I don’t particularly like to waste but nothing particularly “wow”ed me (although I did enjoy the savouries). I didn’t think it was worth the $49 and much rather have been at the Swissotel in the CBD at their all you can eat high tea.

Venue: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

Wentworth Afternoon Tea is available in The Sofitel Lounge from 2pm -5pm daily, @ $49 per person, or $59 per person with a glass of champagne. Bookings are essential on 02 9228 9179.

Address: 61-101 Phillip Street  2000 SYDNEY

Website: http://www.sofitelsydney.com.au/afternoon-tea.html

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Sydney Series- Cafe Creasion: a macaron indulgence

Saturday morning

This wasn’t part of my original itinerary but a wonderful friend told me about this new upcoming cafe where reviews claimed it to be the ‘new Adriano Zumbo’, how could I miss a chance on trying it out? Plus I thought the name was super cute.

It was just a walk away from our hotel in the CBD- we walked across a few main roads … and then we had to go down a lane way in between two buidlings (what the?). Although I was going down the right path according to my google maps, I found myself walking down this alley way behind all of these buildings and surrounded by roller shutter doors. ‘Where is this place?’ I thought. When I finally found number ‘21’, I saw this very cute (and very small) cafe with a bright dazzling display cabinet filled with gorgeous French sweets!

I macarons!

So many flavours, which ones to choose?

They had 16 flavours (that day) and I figured the other macaron flavours would be sad if you didn’t pick them too so of course we got one of each! I think it was $42 for 16 and I bought a few more for my friend, so that morning we had spent over $50 on macarons! ‘I hope they are worth it’ I thought to myself.

Flavours:

                    * strawberry milk * green tea * kinako * jasmin * cassis * Dear Chris                           * caramel * rum and raisin * dark chocolate * hoji tea * passionfruit * milk chocolate *                                                       *lychee and mandarin * lime * vanilla * pistachio*

They also had signs for (but not available)- early grey & kalamansi which would have been fun to try.

All packed in a box and we were ready to go back to the hotel before brunch, but while the box was open for the photo, we may as well try some flavours?

Me munching on strawberry milk, rum and raisin, dark chocolate and caramel. Om nom noms!

Although everything was delicious and amazing, I have to give a special mention to:

* strawberry milk * green tea (great for those who love azn flavours) * cassis * Dear Chris (hazelnutty?) * caramel (tasted almost like butterscotch) * dark chocolate (we ate it just above room temperature and it tasted like warm chocolate cake batter) * hoji tea (great for those who love azn flavours) * passionfruit (the fruit flavours were particularly delicious!)* lychee and mandarin (and it was so pretty with the flecks of gold) * lime (was so yummy with a very precise lime flavour)* vanilla (filled with vanilla beans speckles. Yum!)

Venue: Cafe CreAsion

Address: 21 Alberta St, Sydney (best to follow a map on your smart phone!) 

Website (has been underconstruction for a while)- http://www.creasionmacaron.com/

Not opened on Sundays! Just keep that in mind so you’re not disappointed.

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Recently at the handmade market saw the return of ‘The Curious Chocolatier‘ (I even emailed them beforehand to ensure they’d be there). I made sure I went earlier this time as previously I saw nothing but my sad reflection in the empty display units. As it turns out they were much better prepared this time around with dozens upon dozens of macarons with 11 flavours available.

They were selling them for $2 each or 6 for $10. Naturally with 11 flavours I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to taste all them with a double up on one- can’t go wrong with salted caramel I thought.

They kindly let me take photos of all the flavours as I knew my poor memory wouldn’t serve me well once I take 3 steps away from the stall.

Two thumbs up- all of them were amazing but a special mention to these flavours in particular: salted caramel (so delicious), lemon, passionfruit, lime and coconut and raspberry cheesecake. These are some of the most delicious macarons I’ve ever eaten (which includes almost everywhere in Canberra, Pierre Herme, Sydney and Melbourne).

Looking forward to trying their fancy blocks of chocolate next!

Rise and Shine

——-08/08/2011——-

It is not often I’d get up early and meet friends for breakfast on a Monday morning but then again it’s not often (that my friend visits) that I hear that there’s a new venue in Canberra which supposedly has macarons that rival Pierre Herme !

Farmer’s daughter is a modern looking cafe located at the Yarralumla shops where they sport the ‘Campos’ brand of coffee.

I was excited about the food but obviously some people were more excited about the coffee:

http://www.beanhunter.com/cafes/review/Farmers-Daughter

My friends were a little underwhelmed by the coffee, one of them who had been to this venue before said that the coffee was better the previous time. Maybe just a bad barista on the day?

Hot Chocolate “African Red”-with the ‘Campos’ coffee logo! How cute! Just like a normal hot chocolate, nothing too special.


Breakfast Platter- A selection of breads and pastries served with cultured butter, preserves and seasonal fruit. 10 points for presentation but nothing too special on the platter.

Hot pot mushroom in a garlic white wine sauce- Very delicious and a nice savoury contrast to the breakfast platter


No wonder the macarons were so delicious! They are made by one of my favourite local brands- ‘dream cuisine patisserie‘ (will definitely blog about them again later!). Although they may seem pricey, it was well worth it (although cheaper if you buy direct from their stall at the Epic Farmer’s markets [Sat] and the Southside Farmer’s market [Sun]). There is apparently more selection usually but that day there was only two and of course I had to get both- lemon ($4) and the truffle macaron ($10). They were to die for and did rival Pierre Herme (and I would know because I’ve eaten his macarons! Oh gosh I hope I find the photos! ).

Maybe the truffle macaron wasn’t worth $10 (but you gotta try these things at least once) but it was still nice- an earthy hazelnut flavour. The lemon one was very surprisingly tasty, it tasted exactly like a delicious lemon tart which is amazing given it’s size and texture.

A photo from a friend who just rubbed it in that she went again without me . I highly recommend the ‘salted caramel‘ as well as the ‘raspberry‘ macaron. DELICIOUS!

She also grabbed a very fancy sandwich (with a very big price tag of $14) while she was there.

Overall a very cute space to meet up with friends for a coffee and some very nice sweets. I would love to go again and hope it does well as it shares the Yarralumla shops with two other bakeries/cafes.

Venue: Farmers daughter

Address: 27 Bentham Street, Yarralumla, Canberra

Phone: (02) 62812233

Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
                                   Saturday: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM


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