The Loft on King Street Wharf is well known for its weekend girly Traditional High Tea by the water in the gorgeous daytime bar setting, while for those not tea inclined there's also High Tea with a Twist; an alcoholic one, that is.
|High Tea platters at The Loft, Lime Street, Sydney|
|The Loft bar|
|Breakfast at Tiffany's cocktail (front) and Chandon Rose (back, flute)|
The bright fizz cocktail is based on Zubrowka vodka, peach liqueur, apple and passionfruit, finished with a light tea and topped with real Maraschino cherries.
|Ovvio Black Rose Boudoir organic tea|
The Black Rose Boudoir was a black tea fragant with rose petals and vanilla, served with milk on the side.
|Ovvio Chai High Spice organic tea|
|Ovvio Summer Pineapple organic tea|
|Ovvio Sencha Green organic tea|
The Sencha Green tea was beautifully clean without bitterness, and would be my choice as an all-day, everyday tea.
From the others, I couldn't actually pick a favourite as they were all exemplary morsels. From the tiny rectangular tarts filled with smoked salmon and caramelised red onion jam; the juicily roasted button mushrooms filled with ricotta and pesto; the creamy chicken salad served on red witlof leaf boats; or the miniature leek and gruyere quiches with beetroot relish.
It was probably the chicken salad that I liked best for being quite the unusual high tea item but overall, I was quite impressed with the savoury options (which at some venues seem to be an afterthought).
|Plain and raisin scones|
Both scones were light and fluffy inside but I was more taken by the whipped Chantilly cream which was infused with a stunning flavour - perhaps a tea variety.
There was also a house-made strawberry jam which was more a liquid than a jelly, but so intensely strawberry flavoured it was almost a better embodiment of the flavour than the fruit itself.
|Sweets (and strawberry jam, centre)|
|The view from The Loft balcony|
The Loft morphs into its night time persona around about 5.00pm so an elongated high tea could indeed turn into sunset cocktails, both quite fit for a Queen.
High Tea at The Loft is available every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3.00pm. Bookings are essential - see here for more details.
Food, Booze & Shoes dined at The Loft as a guest.