Man I love a good high tea! Only problem is I’m not a big fan of tea and then I heard about the InterContinental Sydney (117 Macquarie Street, Sydney) doing a High Coffee and I was like woah awesome! Available daily from 11am to 7pm, the High Coffee was perfect to catch up with a mate after work and costs $55p/p which is pretty tops value because there are 2 freaking delicious plates of savouries, enough desserts to satisfy my sweet tooth and 3 different types of coffee drinks. And guess what? I’m giving away a High Coffee experience for two people at InterContinental Sydney, valued at $110 so keep on reading to find out how to win!
We begin with the incredible addictive Espresso di Manfredi Spice Martini, made with chilled espresso and shaken with InterContinental Sydney’s own spiced syrup and vanilla-infused Belvedere Vodka. Then onto the savouries- the Wagyu beef, cucumber relish and watercress panini is incredibly moreish and has me smacking my lips and eyeing off Angie’s share. The smoked salmon on rye with mascarpone and preserved lemon is tasty but it’s the roasted chicken and avocado with semi-dried organic tomato on a linseed roll that has me oddly in raptures. It was like my mind was blown on this relatively simple combo and I reckon I would’ve totally been happy with just this plate for my dinner.
Once we’d demolished the cold savouries a plate of the hot savouries immediately appeared. The golden pies held chunky beef nubs bathed in a rich burgundy sauce and were enveloped in flaky buttery pastry. I had to give the feta and olive mini muffin a miss thanks to my extreme dislike of olives but the prosciutto and green asparagus quiche was snarfed down in seconds.
We were then presented with a palate cleanser of green apple sorbet and while it was cool and refreshing it was a tad grainy.
And onto the sweets! First up, the chocolate and espresso crêpes and Belgian waffles which came with a chilled Cafè freddo with the option of milk and a jug of sugar syrup.
Fruit and plain scones with double cream and homemade strawberry jam is next, we were slightly disappointed that the scones weren’t hot and were denser than expected.
But ah saving the best for last! Salted caramel and espresso bavarois cream filled éclairs is hands down the favourite of the dessert plate with a light choux pastry and the perfect crunch of the toffee layer which sadly the infused cinnamon and ginger chocolate crème brûlées missed out on. The Opera slice with Espresso di Manfredi and chocolate ganache was gorgeously rich and while the macarons didn’t have any discernable wattleseed flavour against the P125 Valrhona-coffee curd filling the sweet meringue filled with Bailey’s cream and topped with canded macadamia totally made for the perfect ending of the sweets plate.
If we weren’t awake from all the coffee we definitely were when we tried the Espresso di Manfredi ‘corrected’ with a shot of grappa! It like a punch to the face with alcoholic potency! Woahhh baby!
And now who wants to win a High Coffee experience for two people at InterContinental Sydney? All you have to do is leave a comment in this blog post answering:
What is your favourite part of a high tea and who would you take with you?
The most creative entry will win this incredible prize! You can enter as many
times as you like, but you must be an Australian resident and the High Coffee experience must take place at InterContinental Sydney. The High Coffee experience will be valid for six months from date of issue. Please enter a valid
email address, it will not be made public and you will only be contacted if you win. Competition closes Sunday 22nd July 2012, 10pm AEST. Good luck! Congratulations to Lil! Loved your entry and I’ll be in contact with you soon!