High Tea at The Loft
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.
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)
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.
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.
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….
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.
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
3 Lime Street
King St Wharf
ph: (02) 9299 4770