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High Tea at The Loft

August 30, 2011

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We went to The Loft to celebrate my friend Fi’s birthday with a nice spot of High Tea. Boys invited too! (Much to their secret delight)

Being a Grade A Homebody, I’ve only been to The Loft once or twice – and I’m finding it an entirely different creature in the daytime. Afternoon sunlight filters in through the harbour facing windows to create a warm hazy glow as the sun begins to set. It’s a terribly agreeable way to laze away the afternoon.

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Fancypants

We’re seated in a cosy little corner by a friendly waitress – who is really helpful and attentive throughout the afternoon! The Loft are holding a special Christmas in July menu (I know, I know… this post has been a little while coming)

High Tea
Christmas in July!

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Buddha’s Tears, and English Breakfast tea

There’s a pretty extensive selection of T2 teas – there’s quite a range of herbal teas, black teas and green teas. I order the Sencha Quince, and the others order English Breakfast, Madagascan Vanilla (which smells amazing), and the intriguingly named Buddha’s tears (jasmine scented hand-rolled green tea).

NOW ONTO THE FOOD…! The High Tea tiers look amazing. Each tier is shared between 3.

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Scones were light and fluffy – and pretty massive! I had to slow down on the scone before I filled up too quickly. High tea is all about the strategic eating!

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YUM

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The top layer consists of some cupcakes (two mini cupcakes each), and a selection of interesting things on toothpicks to dip into a generous dish of melted chocolate. Our very own mini fondue! There’s banana bread, marshmallows and strawberries.

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Choc dipped strawberry

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I know High Tea should be all about the sweets – but I was really digging the savoury options they gave us. On the savoury plate is:
– Smoked salmon on rye bread pinwheel
– Turkey, brie and cranberry roll
– Cucumber & dill cream finger sandwich
– and lastly – Beetroot cured ocean trout wrapped around a crostini….

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Or as my friend Johnny liked to call it: “Fish on a stick”

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In particular this little roll stuffed with turkey, brie and cranberry preserve packed a mighty punch. Were I not a genteel lady, I would have happily scarfed all 3 on the plate.

I think I still prefer the Park Hyatt harbourkitchen&bar (which is sadly closed for renovations for the rest of the year!) when it comes to the sweet options. The macaron, pineapple tart and profiterole that I had there seemed a bit more refined and special. But I have to say the savoury options at The Loft won hands down. (And having slightly more substantial savoury offerings made it a clear winner with my boyfriend who isn’t much of a sweet tooth.)

And of course it wouldn’t be The Loft without a teapot cocktail! To finish off with we shared a Christmas themed blend.

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DEEELIGHTFUL!

High Tea at The Loft is available Saturday and Sunday from 12-3pm. Traditional High Tea (high tea tier, tea or coffee) is $35. High Tea with a Twist (with your choice of a tea-pot cocktail or glass of sparkling wine) is $45.

Bookings are essential, call them on (02) 9299 4770

The Loft
3 Lime Street
King St Wharf

ph: (02) 9299 4770


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5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 30, 2011 10:07 pm

    It’s true—IT WAS TO OUR SECRET DELIGHT!

  2. August 30, 2011 10:40 pm

    I agree it’s so different during the day, I prefer it though cause it’s nice lounging in the sunlight! Hehe my boy secretly, well not so secret no more, enjoys going to high tea every now and then – sometimes he hints to me lol.
    Not a fan of the toothpicks.. detracts from the elegance of high tea :(

  3. August 30, 2011 11:16 pm

    I was there a few months back for a birthday party also & loved the roll. I was luckily enough to have a Brie hating friend sharing my tier. it was the yummiest combo.

  4. August 31, 2011 7:45 am

    Yum! Great photos!

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