Nestled in the bustlingly chic Westfield CBD is The Tea Salon, best described as a shoppers whimsical haven after a morning of intense retail therapy with the best friend.
Throughout August, The Tea Salon was hosting the Katherine Sabbath High Tea, deemed the most Instagrammable High Tea to come to Sydney. The imagery in the advertisements left me nothing short of excited to sink my teeth into it.
Things started off great. The food highlight was definitely the savoury options; the scones were delish, as were the pinwheel sandwiches and the savoury tartlets were divine.
BUT this was the Katherine Sabbath High Tea and the sweets were suppose to be the highlight here (the savoury options were Tea Salon originals I believe). It was here that my high hopes were crushed.
The Rose & Pistachio Pannacotta with Persian Fairy Floss, was probably the best of the sweets, albeit too overpoweringly sweet that it made it difficult to finish the tiny portion of it. The Chocolate Brownie Koala Donut tasted dry and cold but worst of all was the Lemon & Raspberry Zig-Zag Gumball Donut which was cold, doughy and flavourless. I didnt even know that it was Lemon and Raspberry flavoured until I read the menu for this write up!
The gumball center of the donut was also a poor choice. At the time, I thought the gumball was a jawbreaker because it was that hard to bite into, not to mention that even if I did manage to figure out it was a gumball, I wouldn't really want to be chewing on gum during my high tea experience and then have to spit it out on the side of my plate to try something new. I think it would have been smarter if the gum ball was changed to a truffle/jaffa coated chocolate.
Had I not been looking forward to a special "Katherine Sabbath High Tea", I probably would have given a higher rating to The Tea Salon. Unfortunately the biggest let down of my experience with The Tea Salon was the hype that surrounded the Katherine Sabbath High Tea and the fact that it did not deliver close to what it promised in reality.