I am pants girl by nature, I tend to feel a little uncomfortable in a dress. I think I have never really grown out of my tomboy phase. My youth, when not in Sydney, consisted of running around paddocks, trying to ride cows when horses weren’t available, climbing trees, going bush, chasing kangaroos and swimming in the local river. My comfort zone really is Jeans and a tee. There are a couple of exceptions where I will make an effort to wear a dress and get a bit more girly. One of those occasions is high tea. I love high tea and I am really surprised I haven’t shared more of my high tea adventures with you
I find it the perfect way to catch up with girl friends. It is a little bit more special than just catching up for a lunch. It is also something I enjoy doing with Josh, a “mummy & me” date.
I was invited by the Stamford Plaza to their launch of the high teas to be held in the Grove Restaurant.The Grove Restaurant at the Stamford has a lovely art deco feel to it. You can either sit at tables or the more comfy Lobby Lounge Bar area to enjoy your high tea. Obviously the Grove is perfect for larger groups to sit around a table, but if it is just a get together of two or three the lounge area is perfect.
The charming Santosh Kumar – Executive Chef
I find myself sitting in one of those comfy arm chairs sampling the new high tea menu A three tier platter is presented proudly by Santosh Kumar (Executive Chef). Santosh explains all the components of the high tea to me, and it is all vegetarian. I had to ask if they only offered vegetarian high teas? No, no they don’t. It seems there was a little mix up, they thought I was a vegetarian.
For those of you that know how much I love my meat, stop giggling. Very quickly my vegetarian high tea was replaced with the carnivores version. I would of been more than happy to have eaten the vegetarian offering as it looked just as delicious as their normal one.
With my Dilmah English Breakfast tea served and a glass of sparkling white in hand I hone in on the bottom tier as my starting point. Besides being a tomboy I am a savoury girl by heart, hello finger sandwiches.
Three types on offer, smoked Atlantic salmon with onion cream cheese, peppered cucumber and watercress, and my favourite, the chicken breast with aioli.I then focus on the top tier with the scones and curry puffs. Yes folks curry puffs.
These are no ordinary curry puffs but are a family recipe of the Chairman of the company. They really are quite unique and different to what you find around town. Light pastry and they are baked not fried, perfect savoury accompaniment to the high tea.
I leave the scones for the time being and my attention heads back to the middle tier. I have had my eye on the mini crème brulees since they were placed in front of me. They are served in tiny little tea cups, they look so cute.
Next I try the mini fruit tartlets, very scrumptious. Crisp and buttery pasty lined with dark chocolate, filled with pastry cream and topped with fruit. There are also little light chocolate and strawberry cakes.
It is then back up to the top tier and the scones to finish off. The scones are served with homemade strawberry jam and thick King Island cream. By this stage I am extremely full and only eat half a scone, as much as I want to finish it all.
The Stamford offers one of the best value high teas in Sydney. At $24/couple for the standard high tea or $40/couple including a glass of sparkling white and a few extras. Is really something worth heading to Mascot to try.
Sky High Tea $24.00/couple: Scones with Strawberry Jam & King Island Cream, fruit in Chocolate Tartlets, Wattle Seed Brulee with Caramel Sugar, Pecan Tarts, Sandwiches (Egg Mayonnaise, Peppered Cucumber and Watercress, Chicken with Mustard & Pepper), Tea/Coffee
Stamford High Tea $40 .00/couple: Scones with Strawberry Jam & King Island Cream, Fruit in Chocolate Tartlets, Wattle Seed Brulee with Caramel Sugar, Trio Chocolate Sable, Macadamia Tarts, Sandwiches (Smoked Atlantic Salmon with Onion Cream Cheese, Peppered Cucumber and Watercress, Grilled Parmesan Chicken Breast with Aioli), Tea/Coffee, a glass of sparkling white.
High tea is served daily from 2pm – 5pm in the Grove Restaurant. On Friday’s there is the addition of a live pianist just to make it a little more special. I find the Friday afternoon high tea very appealing, such a great way to finish your working week.
Another exciting development, the Stamford will be offering delivery high teas very shortly. Perfect for that boardroom get together or other company functions. Something I think the corporates of the Mascot area will greatly benefit from
Do share dear Belly Rumbles reader, what is your favourite part of high tea? The cakes, the savouries, are you a tea connoisseur or do you prefer a glass of sparkly?
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