I’m back at Bar Uma at the Pan Pacific Perth for their Winter Free-Flowing High Tea, and like last time it certainly didn’t disappoint and here’s why…
It is worth noting up front that this menu is lengthy with canapes, savouries, scones and sweets so bring your appetite and plenty of time to sit back and relax.
The afternoon kicked off with a refreshing watermelon mojito to accompany the canapes. The first of which was the sweet potato and goats cheese tartlet. The tasty morsel was brimming with flavour and the flaky pastry simply melts in your mouth. Not content with one I had another when the staff came around with extra helpings. The smoked duck blini with hoisin, cucumber and chilli salsa followed. The heat is present but not overpowering allowing the other ingredients to shine through. I rounded off the canapes with the delectable garlic prawn crostini with caviar, simply wow! I could’ve dined on a plate of those all afternoon. Everything from the generous serving of creamy garlic prawns to the crunch of the crostini was perfection.
It was then time to switch beverages, this time opting for the ever-opulent Moet to accompany the savouries that were presented beautifully on the bottom of the three tiered tower. With four savouries before me I chose to start with the smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers and red onion on a mini brioche. The mini pink burger looked amazing due to the salmon infused brioche, the filling itself was gentle on the palate, while the hummus, dukkha and egg sandwich that followed was a flavour explosion. The dukkha smelled divine and married perfectly with the hummus and egg.
Bar Uma’s Mauritian chef Audran, has brought his own special recipe to the menu in the form of the spiced chicken sandwich. The sun dried tomato bread goes beautifully with the ginger, turmeric and lemongrass (amongst many other ingredients) chicken. I rounded out the savouries with the roast beef, horseradish cream and roasted tomato butter sandwich. The cacao infused bread gave it an extra kick and really delivered on the presentation front as well.
Time to switch to a hot beverage. I opted for the Tea of the Day, Dilmah’s Rose and French Vanilla. Every sip was a lesson in aromatherapy making it without a doubt one of THE most aromatic teas I have ever encountered. So with the tea more than sorted it was time to dive into the fig scones with caramelised apple compote and cultured cream. Every bite tasted more and more like your old grans apple pie. The scones were super crusty on the outside and fluffy on the inside, the compote was akin to a marmalade complete with pieces of apple in it and the cultured cream was a welcome change to your conventional whipped or double cream.
It was finally time to turn my attention to the sweets tier and boy did they look appetising?! The list of sweet treats pretty much read like a who’s who of my dessert wishlist. After much deliberation I started with the mini pecan pie with whipped mascarpone, simply beautiful! Next up was the blueberry and vanilla turnover and this uncovered something I had never seen before, the inside of a blueberry. Something so simple looked pretty as a picture delicately placed on top. The turnover itself reminded me more of a tea cake but this didn’t take anything away from this dessert, in fact if anything it made it better as the dense texture really brought out the vanilla.
Being a huge fan of orange chocolate I had some fairly lofty expectations going into the mini Jaffa cheesecake and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Every mouthful was a taste sensation and the candied chocolate dipped orange slice on top was a welcome touch. I rounded off the afternoon with the coffee profiterole. The two-bite delight was surprisingly subtle which was perfect after the richness of the cheesecake.
Bar Uma’s Winter Free-Flowing High Tea is decadence personified from start to finish. Their French chef, Jerome really looked after us and was both personable and passionate about the all-natural menu. The attention to detail is second to none, even offering a kids menu so no one misses out. I also love that you can have extra helpings of your favourite items on the menu and the venue itself is both welcoming and luxurious. It is the largest high tea menu I have come across so value for money is a given. So go on spoil yourself, make a booking today, your palate will thank you!
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Reviews for this venue:
- 29 October 2019: High Tea at Bar Uma, Pan Pacific Perth
- 22 May 2019: High Tea at Montereys Brasserie, Pan Pacific Perth
- 2 April 2014: High Tea at the Pan Pacific Perth
- 5 June 2021: High Tea at Bar Uma, Pan Pacific Perth