It’s a high tea experience I never expected. The waitress I spoke to graciously informed me that the restaurant is fairly new. When it comes to their high tea they wanted to showcase something different. They wanted to show people that high tea is not limited to sandwiches and scones. And so “different” is what we got, although I’m not sure if this “difference” can still be called a high tea.
- Asian beef salad & savoury granola - beef was tender but dressing could do with more taste
- Cured ocean trout – fresh but way too cured (i.e. overly salty). Maybe some bread/crackers on the side would have helped mellow out the saltiness?
- Rabbit terrine with pear relish – this was a fun dish; tastes like ham with a sweet accent from the pear relish
- Lamb, oat kefta & goats curd – lamb meatballs with a strong goat’s curd taste. Both flavours worked well together.
- BLT sandwich – an innovative way of serving up a classic though it should be renamed to BAT, as in bacon, avocado, and tomato sandwich. Only complaint I have is that the bread was too dry and hard. Very messy to eat and not an appropriate sight for a classy high tea
- Braised pork & panzanella salad – my absolute favourite savoury treat of the day. Caramelised pork with oily croutons.
- Passionfruit brûlée and honeycomb – brûlée was really good; not too sweet and enough passionfruit. Honeycomb was a good texture contrast to it
- Lemon meringue pie – everyone loved this one because it had the right tang
- Jaffa trifle – good mix of flavours though more texture could make it better
- Coconut sago brulee – interesting to see a coconut sago brûlée on the menu as it is reminiscent of one of my favourite desserts in Hong Kong and I think this one tasted like the ones I had in Hong Kong. Only wished the serving was bigger!
- Strawberry meringue, popcorn parfait, cassis & burnt honey, cherry “pate de fruits” – what an interesting flower pot. The pot contained “soil”, something like a crumbled bitter brownie, that you pair with the sweet meringue, popcorn and pate de fruits. Only the strawberry meringue was enjoyable out of the whole pot.
All that plus a pot of refillable Earl Grey tea for $42 per person. The waiter told us English Breakfast tea would cost extra – something I totally do not understand the reason to! Other than that I must say the food is beautifully presented. We each had our own favourites but I wouldn’t consider this as a high tea per se. It was more of an entree and dessert tasting plate.