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Saturday, October 03, 2009

Wentworth Afternoon Tea

With the rain pouring down and a big day of eating planned for tomorrow, we decided to try something a little different and venture out for a spot of Afternoon Tea.

Having done a bit of research it seems that the Sofitel has the best offering. Even though we'll be dining there tomorrow what swayed us was their more traditional take on the afternoon tea and that they serve the Wentworth Cheesecake using the original recipe which dates from the hotels opening in 1966.

Wentworth Afternoon Tea© by Haalo

Afternoon tea is generally served in the Sofitel Lounge though you might find yourself, depending on numbers, taking tea in the Garden Court Restaurant.

There are two options for tea - $49 or $59, the latter includes glasses of Champagne.

Tea is from Ronnefeldt and you can peruse the offerings via this wooden menu

wentworth afternoon tea© by Haalo

in each window you can see what the tea looks like and there's a description beside it.

That's enough of the fluff onto the more important things -

Wentworth Afternoon Tea© by Haalo

A three tiered silver server filled with all manner of deliciousness.

On the bottom layer are the savoury items:

Wentworth Afternoon Tea© by Haalo

Smoked salmon, horse radish cream, tiny capers on brioche - Cucumber, dill and sour cream Finger Sandwich - Double Brie, quince and wild rocket on baguette - Mini Quiche Lorraine - Chicken and Mayonnaise Finger Sandwich

The middle layer:

Wentworth Afternoon Tea© by Haalo

Plain and Fruit Scones served with Jam and thick Cream

On the top layer are the all important cakes:

Wentworth Afternoon Tea© by Haalo

Wentworth Cheesecake described as "A light joconde pastry, layered with cream cheese and finished with seasonal berries". Light would be the adjective I'd use to describe the complete item, the cream cheese filling is so fluffy and light it's incredible.

Wentworth Afternoon Tea© by Haalo

Financier - mini hazelnut cake topped with coffee butter icing. Don't be fooled by the simple description, this just might have been my favourite item.

Wentworth Afternoon Tea© by Haalo

Lemon Curd Tart - filled with an almond and lemon cream and topped with lemon meringue

Wentworth Afternoon Tea© by Haalo

Raspberry Macaroon filled with a fresh raspberry cream - there's actually real raspberries sandwiched along with the raspberry cream.

Wentworth Afternoon Tea© by Haalo

Gateau Opéra described as "chocolate pastry with layers of almond biscuit, chocolate ganache and coffee butter cream"

Wentworth Afternoon Tea© by Haalo

Chocolate Cadeau is a "rich dark chocolate mousse filled with praline and topped with macerated strawberries" housed in a fine chocolate case

Wentworth Afternoon Tea© by Haalo

Framboisier is a genoise sponge topped with raspberry mousse, raspberry jelly and fresh raspberries.

If you are looking at this and thinking you can't enjoy it because you are gluten intolerant, have no fear, they also offer a gluten free menu!

The details:

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
61-101 Phillip Street

Wentworth Afternoon Tea
Available in the Sofitel Lounge - Daily from 2pm-5pm
Bookings Essential

Phone: +61 2 9230 0700


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