Following a $30 million renovation in 2014, The Langham is one of Sydney’s most opulent hotels. With its Parisian-style shutters and plush seating, the hotel’s Palm Court is a glamorous setting for afternoon tea. Gorgeous teals and yellows, complemented by bright purple orchids, make the space feel bright and modern.
The afternoon tea selection is a traditional offering and includes all your favourites: scones, savouries and a generous selection of petit fours, served on a three-tiered stand.
The scones are a stand out. Scones set the benchmark for afternoon tea, wouldn’t you agree? Here they were just lovely. Moist, light, fluffy and accompanied by house-made strawberry preserve and Chantilly cream.
We had smoked salmon roulade with caviar, tuna sandwiches on rye, warm brioche rolls with melting cheese and roast beef, crab cones with avocado and petite pumpkin quiches.
Other treats included pistachio and cherry opera cake, coconut lychee panna cotta and an interesting lamington macaron. Perhaps my favourite was the blueberry tart with its unexpected but welcome lavender surprise.
All items are handcrafted on site, every day, under the careful guidance of pastry chef Miguel Jocson. The food is accompanied by an extensive tea menu, carefully curated by The Langham’s own tea sommelier.
Crisp white Wedgwood china decorated with burgundy roses and designed exclusively for The Langham makes a welcoming canvas for all these beautiful treats.
The service was attentive, just as you’d expect, but we were especially impressed when the waiter brought out an additional item after we were raving about it so much.
At $55-$65 ($75 with a glass of bubbles, $85 with a glass of Champagne) it’s a pricey affair. Do try and go during the week if you can, then you’ll get the most bang for your buck.
The Langham Sydney
89-113 Kent Street
Sydney NSW Australia
Tel: +61 2 9256 2222