High tea - a very English phrase for a very ladylike activity. In Malaysia, when you hear the term high tea, it is totally opposite to the English version. There it is served as a buffet spread of all things Malay, Chinese, Indian and Eurasian. I have fond memories of attending those high teas.
But this time, I went to the high tea at The Victoria Room Tea Salon located on Level 4 of the Westfield Sydney shopping megaplex. It was to celebrate my friend CW's birthday and how perfect was the timing that it was during the Sydney Crave Food Festival.
It was high tea served with trays of delicate finger sandwiches, petit desserts and topped with a scone of our choice, chosen from a list of 10 types. On top of that, we had champagne. Real champagne, the French kind.. Moet & Chandon to be exact. Thoroughly decadent, very English and a perfect way to while the afternoon away with a dear friend.
Even though the venue was located right smack in the middle of a busy shopping centre, I did not feel out of place or uncomfortable that shoppers could see us eating or peek at our food. The tea salon is cordoned off with white picket fences and that somehow gave us a sense of privacy.
The sandwich tray was filled with Chicken and wild herbs, Smoked salmon with rocket, lemon and capers, Cucumber with creme fraiche and dill, and Roast beef with horseradish cream and baby cress.
My favourite sandwiches were the Roast beef and Chicken with wild herbs. I really enjoyed the taste of the horseradish, it provided the right amount of kick to the roast beef and lifted the flavours.
We then moved on to the petit fours. There was the Dark chocolate cup with chocolate mousse, creme and raspberries, Tartlets with seasonal fruits, Baked lemon cheesecake, and Vanilla cupcake with fresh passionfruit topping.
My favourite was the Vanilla cupcake, the tanginess of the passionfruit turned a simple vanilla cupcake into something a little more interesting!!!
We then had the scone of our choice. I chose the White chocolate and Cranberry scone. CW selected the Lemon, Pistachio and Currant scone. There were other flavours such as Date and Orange, Pumpkin and Ginger. All in all there were 10 available to select. Mine was alright but I think CW'S chose a better flavour. We shared half of each to try them out.
For our individual pots of tea, CW had Assam (one of her favourites) and I chose the Turkish Apple. I was in the mood for something fruity and did not regret my choice at all.
All in all, it was a fab afternoon! It was lovely spending quality time with CW. And it was one of the better quality high teas that I have been to over the past few years.
Would I recommend it?!?! Yes, yes, and yes!
They have a front store tucked away in a corner on the same level, where you can order take aways.
Happy high tea everyone!!!
The Victoria Room Tea Salon
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