High Tea @ The Langham’s Aria Bar
Miss A and I went for high tea last year at the Park Hyatt. It was all very nice but when she told me the Langham was having ‘Magnificent Macarons’ until the 28th of November. We then made the executive decision to have high tea once a year. I made the booking online via the website, and it was followed up promptly by a confirmation reply. I received a reminder call a few days before we were due to indulge.
We went on the weekend which features the added bonus of The Langham Chocolate Bar.
The Chocolate Bar features intricate chocolate creations from as far a field as Yucatan, Costa Rica and Madagascar. Chocolate is sourced from the finest Chocolate houses including Lindt and Sprüngli, Callebaut, Belcolade,Valrhona, Cacao Berry, DGF Royal and Australia’s very own Haigh’s.No high tea would be complete without the three tiered tea stand with classic smoked salmon and cucumber finger sandwiches and scones with jam and cream.The Chocolate Bar is served with hot chocolate, leaf tea or expresso coffee.
Enjoy Tiffin with a French twist during August and September, with ARIA’s delicious selection of macaroons from our very own Pastry Chef Marcus Böhm. Bon Appetite!
– Taken from The Langham’s website
We arrive and are ushered to our table, walking past the Chocolate Bar. I feel like a fat kid in a candy store, wanting to try at least one of everything. But wouldn’t you feel the same?
We have a lovely table by the window, and can spy Eureka Tower. Our waitress explains high tea to us as we have never been before; we will be getting the three tier caddy, a souffle and a hot beverage of our choice.
Lovely teapots contain even lovelier (is that a word? meh! I say it’s a word) tea. In fine bone china teacups, perfect for sipping on tea and catching up on girly gossip.
Our caddy arrives shortly after:
YUMMMMM!!! Let have a closer look:
Top tier: delicious sandwiches: smoked salmon, cucumber ribbon, egg mayonnaise and cress as well as cream cheese and chives. The best part? They come around throughout the service with free sandwich top-ups! We declined, needed to keep stomach space for that chocolate bar.
Middle tier: thick, lucious clotted cream, and gorgeous raspberry jam. I wanted to ask which brand of jam they used as it was just amazing.
Bottom tier: the most delicious scones you will ever have. 2 fruit and 2 plain and both so, so good. Possibly the best scones I’ve ever had, coming in at first place with Mum’s lemonade scones with blueberries.
Does that halogen oven look familiar? It’s the same ones you’ve seen on those bad infomercials at 3:30am! My grandma has one, but I’m not sure she knows she can cook souffles in it… must tell her the good news!
Our souffle smells like marshmallows, and heaven. I love the melting chocolate bits when you dig in. It’s rather sweet and both of us can’t finish it….plus, the chocolate bar is calling our names.
Macarons as promised! Flavour are: violet, chocolate and pistachio. They all look so perfect with their smooth shells and macaron feet.
Some of the other goodies on offer include:
- Valrhona chocolate and Malibu rum souffle
- Alpine rocky road
- Lime and bitter trifle
- Hazelnut chocolate eclair
- Almond florentines with yoghurt chocolate
- Jaffa chocolate torte
- Chocolate truffle marquise
- Strawberry chocolate vacherin and elderflower cream
- Amarascata roulade with cocoa nibs
- Chocolate biscotti
This is chocolate bar attempt 1. Macarons were good and chewy, with my favourite flavour probably being the chocolate, closely followed by the violet. Didn’t think much of the pistachio. Loved the hazelnut chocolate eclair and and jaffa chocolate in a shot glass. Delicious, big strawberries, and the lime and bitter tart was lovely and tart.
Of course I went back for seconds, a little less on my plate this time. More strawberries, some of my favourite florentine and rocky road treats I tried on pudding making night. Lovely berry tart, and one more macaron for the road.
We had a lovely high tea experience at The Langham’s Aria Bar, and I wouldn’t hestitate to recommed it anyone!
Monday to Friday
Served with a classic High Tea stand
$35.00 per person
Saturday and Sunday
alongside our famous Chocolate Bar
$59.00 per person
Magnficient Macarons available until 28th November 2010.