Yesterday 5 of us booked in for the High Tea at the Waterbar at the Blue Hotel in Wooloomooloo, which is on the beautiful Finger Wharf redevelopment.
There was a slight comedy of errors beforehand, but we managed to all make it there only half an hour late.
The staff had set up a lounge area for us, rather than seating us at the restaurant tables - 3x2-seater lounges and a couple of fat stools around a large coffee table, bracketed by 2 standing heaters - a very comfortable and intimate arrangement. It is amazingly cold inside the Waterbar, which is actually in the middle of the Blue Hotel, itself in the middle of the Finger Wharf. The wind seems to whisper in through every crack, and as it was a cold rainy day in Sydney we were so glad of the heaters!
The Waterbar started High Tea in May this year. Since we were the only ones there we wonder how long it will last! Part of the comedy of errors alluded to above was that there was no booking for us at all, but the staff said they could easily fit us in and they looked after us fabulously!!
Two bottles of champagne and some still and sparkling water were waiting nearby. After pouring us each a glass the food arrived, served on those delightul afternoon tea tiers
There were 2 of these tiered arrangements, and sadly we'd eaten most of them before I remembered to take a photo!!
The top tier had small pieces of chicken wrapped in pandan leave, so juicy and flavourful, along with small skewers of grilled prawns and some tandoori chicken pieces. An unusual combination for High Tea but as it was 12.30pm we were grateful for the savoury tastes. The bottom tier had ham, cheese and mustard finger sandwiches, and smoked salmon, brie, tomato and rocket triangles. There were about 2 sandwiches each!!
The middle tier held the sweet offerings - scones with lovely strawberry jam and sweet cream, cheesecakes in tiny wafer bases, miniature rhubarb and nutmeg muffins, chocolate muffins, plum slices, and more champagne!!
The staff were amazingle attentive, the venue very attractive (though cold!) and the High Tea extremely good value for money at under $50.00 per head. We drank the champagne and had coffee afterwards - one of the girls saying it was the best coffee she had had for a long time. I had an espresso and it was strong without being bitter, a great treat.
High Tea at the Waterbar
Cowper Wharf Road
Mon-Fri 11 - 4pm
Sat & Sun 12 - 2pm