One of the most opulent jewels nestled within Sydney CBD provides an afternoon tea experience fit for even the most Queenish fancies is served at the Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at The Westin Sydney.
Sometimes, taking a walk around Sydney’s Martin Place at the weekends, when the usually bustling cobbled streets are quietened, you can feel a little like Alice in her wonderland, having taken one sip of magic potion and shrinking to tiny proportions amongst the high-storied historical buildings.
That’s part of what made our trip to The Westin so special – just a stones throw from the Pitt Street crowds and we really could have fallen down the rabbit hole and tumbled into wonderland!
The hotel’s signature High Tea experience is served in the regally proportioned Lobby Bar, where comfortable high backed armchairs are laid far apart from each other, giving each visiting party a feel of being completely alone together, and creating intimacy and warmth. Attentive staff discreetly bustled, serving first a cool, crisp (and large!) glass of Ruinart Champagne and then leading us through the extensive cocktail menu, from which we chose a deliciously fruity, fresh spritz.
We actually had the chance to sample two of the different types of Aftrernoon Tea at The Westin – a classic ‘Heritage’ Afternoon tea, which was prepared completely vegan at our guest’s request (and to the chef’s absolute merit – it was all amazing), and a ‘Mad Hatters Tea Party’ tea, which is a really unique and fantastically executed twist on the Alice in Wonderland tale of whimsy and fun.
For starters, we tucked into our savouries, which were really ‘out of the box’ and imaginative little creations. There was not a boring, curly cucumber sandwich in sight, rather, in place of any staid, boring stales, there was the rather more exciting roasted beef and fresh asparagus roulade on mini laugen catarpillar, and even a cherry bocconcini & tomato on fresh green salad boat.
The Sweets were truly show-stopping, and as delicious as they were instagrammable: we were totally tweedle-dee trying to decide whether to try the Mad Hatter’s hat (chocolate mud cake) or the Rabbit’s pocket watch (blueberry macaroon) first.
Interestingly, the scones at the Westin are usually served after the savouries are all polished off, but if you like digging in naughtily to all the Afternoon Tea courses at once, that’s no problem, you can just ask, and the little basket of warm, fluffy roles will be placed before you, with a dish of queen of hearts-red strawberry jam, cream, and a wicked chocolate ganache.
We could have sipped on any of the kaleidoscopic array of teas or coffees, but finally drew a spicy note under the whole flamboyant experience with a smart, tart black chai variety.
We were just so happy with the whole afternoon that we eventually left only when darkness had fallen across the land, and, feeling like Queens, we decided that we were even too delighted to cut anyone’s head off that week!
Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at The Westin Sydney Menu:
- Tweedledee & Tweedledum: roasted beef and fresh asparagus roulade on mini laugen
- Caterpillar Cherry bocconcini & tomato on fresh green salad boat
- Alice in Wonderland: Spanner crabmeat salad on double bread wrapped in cucumber
- The Mad Hatter’s Hat; rich dark chocolate mud cake encased in chocolate icing
- The White Rabbit’s Pocket Watch; purple macaron with a blueberry cream filling
- The Queen of Hearts; layers of raspberry buttercream, chocolate ganache and raspberry jelly
- Scones with homemade strawberry jam, raspberry chocolate jam and clotted cream
All of The Westin Sydney’s Afternoon Tea options include one espresso coffee or one Ronnefeldt tea.
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Reviews for this venue:
- 29 September 2014: High Tea at The Westin Sydney