Synonymous for lavish. Luxurious. Lush.
I expected nothing less when I had the opportunity to come and experience the revamped afternoon tea offering at their recently opened restaurant, Kitchens on Kent.
Renamed Afternoon Tea On Kent With Wedgwood (previously simply known as Afternoon Tea With Wedgwood), the new name might seem like a bit of a mouthful, however, with the added access to the extensive dessert buffet, a mouthful is indeed appropriate.
The ‘Spring Garden’ menu sees an elegant silver tower brought to your table hosting delicate savouries with an Australian twist. I skipped the Sydney Rock Oyster Kilpatrick (I can’t get past the someone-sneezed-in-my-mouth sensation) in favour of the mini smoked ricotta and heirloom tomato tarts which were creamy, savoury, and melted on the tongue.
The compressed watermelon pieces topped with smoked kangaroo and finger lime were the perfect balance of juicy and savoury. The kangaroo itself had a deep umami flavour so if you’re not a fan of game meat, you might prefer to pass on this one. The prawn rolls came in on-trend charcoal buns, and the crustless finger sandwiches (cucumber lemon cream, ham dijon mayonnaise, and egg) were a little bit nostalgic and a little bit ooh la la.
Then came The Langham’s signature scones, accompanied by jars of homemade strawberry jam and clotted cream.
Those scones. Fluffy. Dense. Soft. Crispy on the edges, and still warm from the oven. All I want to say about the scones is please bury me in them when I go.
According to The Langham’s Executive Pastry Chef, Prashanth Krishnan, visitors coming in for the high tea would often (understandably) eye the dessert buffet. So they gave the people what they wanted. The buffet counters are loaded with colourful sweets, including a variety of homemade pastries, cakes, puddings and ice creams. Oh, and a pink chocolate fountain. The spring special desserts include raspberry and lemon cupcakes, morello cherry cream puffs, mandarin and strawberry pavlovas, and chocolate, passionfruit, and pistachio mini cones. My personal favourite was the violet and cassis macaron, with a distinctive flavour, and a perfect combination of shatter and cream.
Hosted in the peaceful, sunlit Harbour Room, The Langham is the perfect place to enjoy an indulgent afternoon tea. Oh, and don’t forget to leave extra room for the scones.
Afternoon Tea on Kent with Wedgwood is available daily from 12 pm to 3 pm and starts from $70 per person.
For November only Kitchens on Kent is offering special prices for the bottomless options:
$157 per person with free-flowing Laurent-Perrier Champagne; and
$140 per person with free-flowing sparkling wine; Rob Dolan, Blanc de Blanc, Australia
Normally $70 for afternoon tea plus $98 for two hours bottomless champagne.
– Liv S.
Liv S. is a Sydney based copywriter in a perpetual search for the perfect macaron. Her interests include afternoon tea, trying new things, and triple utterances. Check her out at tenderlcreative.com.au
Disclaimer: The Plus Ones were invited guests of The Langham
Image credit: Kitchens On Kent