Woolloomooloo hotel Blue Sydney is known for their awards including Bar of the Year and Best Australian Hotel. By night the spacious establishment contained within an industrial rustic warehouse turns into a bar with sultry lighting, crystal curtains and the music was ambient and of rhythmic.
Apparently the hotel rooms were above us. I wonder If we were too loud?…Making all the “oohing” and “aahing” sounds.
Very spacious seating area for groups or if you prefer privacy they have booths that are quite comfy for guest to relax.
So when Ms. Boobie Trap organised a High Tea at Blue Sydney- A Taj Hotel at night I enthusiastically agreed. For $118 for 4 people that was purchased on Groupon or either Ouffer, The Mad Hatters includes cocktail teapot, three savouries, four bite-size sweet delights per person and off course a pot of tea with a twist.
The teapots arrived in ordinary plain white colour and quickly poured into our gold sugar-rimmed teacups. Our Queen of hearts tea pot cocktail for 2 contains fresh berries with a shot of mixed fruit liqueurs blended with cranberry juice balanced with a hint of forest berry fruit tea. The alcohol was more overpowering than the fruity tea itself and was almost like a sweet cleanser with the gold sugar.
At last the three tiers arrive looking scrumptious. The girls sit and patiently wait for my traditional ritual to capture the tiers from every possible angle with my camera.
The Prawn sausage with guacamole and spiced mango chutney sounded intriguing to try- stuffed with chunks of prawn and were deliciously tasty. Dip together with guacamole and spicy mango chutney was the perfect savory. We all agreed this dish was a winner under the savory selection.
It was very creative of the chef to make the Mushroom duxelle éclairs and balsamic glaze as it was still piping hot. The caramelised mushrooms would ooze out the creamy texture which was different but requires a bit more seasoning.
Onto the second tier- Thyme and mushroom croquets with barbeque aioli turned out to be satisfying. With the crumbled coating it was crisp and mushroom pieces were all glued together like sticky rice. It should be noted the barbeque aioli is addictive. Leaving a Smokey, creamy and a little sour after taste.
Thoughtfully noted the Pumpkin and leek arranchini had an interesting twist which the girls and I didn’t quite like. It didn’t taste like pumpkin at all rather a mushy texture and flavour of creamy mashed potato.
Believe it or not I actual ate White chocolate poker chips with onion compote and candied oranges instead of cashing out $500 at the casino. It was a wise choice I had to make and I haven’t regretted it since. Teehee. Possibly the most eye catching white chocolate designed piece on a plate. We enjoyed the appearance of the poker chips and the chocolate itself however the filling of crushed onion compote wasn’t a desirable taste and all I wanted was to sip a cup of tea. This compote was relatively sour and almost like eating vinegar. In general the girls weren’t so fussed about the flavor as they were impressed with the presentation of the poker chips.
What would you do if you had $500 white chocolate poker chip… would you cash it out or eat it?
Beside scones we tested out the sweet tier filled with a selection of petite treats. We had to split the Jelly centered macron amongst two people as they didn’t offer the macron in different flavours for each person. They had two flavours: chocolate and pistachio. The chocolate macron tasted splendid-rich and dark , it’s what any chocolate macron should taste like. As for the pistachio, this one tasted fun. The gooey jelly center was super sweet but if eaten slowly you can experience wobbly parts.
Caramelised foie gras flower pot, topped with glazed onion and micro herbs least enjoyable to eat due to the unique acidic taste. Unfortunately the girls and I were unable to swallow it down. I was warned not to rinse it down with the cocktail… by then I was too late.
I was easily pleased with Chocolate shell with popping candy as it was new to me in terms of texture. It’s surprising to have chocolate and popping candy together- when silence occurred at our table we knew one of us decided to have some fun. Truly enjoyed the excitement of fizz and pops.
Saving the best for last the Tiramisu Cone made a perfect ending of the sweet tier. This wasn’t just a regular tiramisu, it was shaped into a cone and attached on a clear plastic stick. So much cream didn’t feel like it belong there, but with the soft waffle wrapped around, it balanced out the entire flavour. It did affect my judgment when I saw a piece of chocolate that printed “Tiramisu” on it. I am a sucker for chocolate with words on it. Impressed with the rich, smooth texture of the chocolate. Leaving it to be a divine treat.
It was a pleasant way to spend the night with the girls whilst munching on finger food and drinking fancy cocktails out of a tea cup…politely of course…we’re ladies! Although normally I’d stick with the tradition and have high tea in the afternoon while the sun is still out, but this seriously is an exception.