In light of the festive season, their latest Afternoon Tea extravaganza pays tribute to all things Christmas with whimsical tea cakes and savoury surprises.
The plush affair begins on a sweet note with a cocktail that truly embodies the spirit of Christmas – the ‘Sleigh Bells’. A delightful summer-inspired spritz topped with a maraschino cherry.
To follow, the cake stand is brought over by the beautiful staff who run through the list of delectable bites on display. Warm cranberry scones with cream and homemade strawberry jam; above par finger sandwiches; and quirky desserts portraying kris kringle gifts, decorations and other on-point festive symbols. It’s a well-constructed food-porn aesthetic situated around lavish interiors and jaw-dropping Sydney views – the perfect Instagram shot for those with an insatiable appetite for prime lifestyle content.
As personal tradition goes, I began with the savoury platter (second tier). An artwork of British-inspired delicacies. The finger sandwiches included double smoked turkey breast with double brie and cranberry mayonnaise; Huon smoked salmon and watercress with cream cheese; and honey roast pumpkin with spinach, walnut, feta cheese and basil pesto. All boasted fresh yet bold flavours in their own way, however the standouts were the turkey and the roast pumpkin. Prior to sampling, I believed I wouldn’t be a fan of the latter, however it brought on a delightful surprise with its textures and great fusion of pesto and pumpkin.
The other savoury items on the second tier included a chicken and leek pie with onion jam; caramelised shallot and goats cheese tarte tatin with watercress; and a cured Harimissa kingfish and edamame tart with wasabi aioli. And my God they were all equally phenomenal and the absolute highlight of the entire Afternoon Tea experience. The sweet caramelised tones and savoury jams infused with cheeses and sticky pastries is a timeless pairing, and their take on these classics was a step further in the right direction. I couldn’t flaw any of these.
After indulging the warm cranberry scones (paired with the perfect ratio of jam and cream – bonus points for the generous servings), we tried the top tier featuring an array of Christmas-themed desserts. Mr. Frosty’s spiced pear mousse with mulled wine jelly and ginger biscuit; Match Mont Blanc Christmas tree; Christmas pudding with brandy and butterscotch cream flavoured macarons; the chocolate, blackcurrant and Valrhona chocolate ‘present’; and the strawberry mascarpone and elderflower trifle. Each offered something completely different with complex textures and palettes, however all exploring a Christmas-reimagined taste and aesthetic.
The beautifully constructed desserts that truly stood out in flavour combinations were the trifle and the macaron. The Macaron was like Christmas in Paris with its delectable aftertaste. The trifle sported Australian festiveness with its tangy yet subtle flavour. Another that was well received was the Snowman (Mr. Frosty) with its layerings of spiced mousse, jelly and biscuit.
We were delighted by The Langham’s Festive Afternoon Tea, and absolutely recommend it for a day out with your best friends and family on a weekend during the holiday period.
The Christmas Afternoon Tea at Kitchens on Kent is available until January 5 offering sitting from 11am to 1pm, 1pm to 3pm, and 3pm to 5pm. Book online today.