April 6th, 2013

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Review - High Tea, Shangri-La Lobby Lounge


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With high teas popping up all over Sydney, it sure makes choosing hard! If I were to categorise this one, it has been made with particular view towards those who enjoy Dilmah Tea. Whilst the two family-owned businesses have united across all levels of the hotel, the High Tea ($42/head) is particularly special because it includes teas you won’t find elsewhere.

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Being breakfast, I forwent the Tattinger Reserve Brut ($62/head) option in favour of a pretty Dilmah Rose and French Vanilla. It proved a perfect match for the platter’s vivid pink macaron filled with French vanilla and rosewater mousseline (and surprise raspberry).

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The commitment to tea is further demonstrated by using teas in the creation of their sweet treats, including the earl grey tea soaked raisins dotting the buttermilk scones.

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The Shangri-La has done well to lure over Pastry Chef Anna Polyviou from The Bathers’ Pavilion, especially with a dessert she became famous for back there – the platter's standout tropical shot bearing passionfruit posset (pudding) with mango jelly and tropical popping pearls. Apparently they did it with a particularly well-equipped kitchen, enough to make her exclaim at the interview: “We can create fucking magic in here. I want the job!
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Word is: a dessert degustation is also in the works…

Shangri-La Lobby Lounge
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks
Ph: (02) 9250 6000

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