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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

High tea at the Crossroads Bar, Swissotel Sydney

fruit tarts
Fruit tarts

Because sometimes we deserve a leisurely afternoon catching up with friends over cups of tea and a never-ending buffet of dessert.

The day started well for two in particular: dear friends and new mothers who luxuriated in their post-pregnancy massage gifts upstairs, before swanning down on a cloud of blissful contentment to join the rest of us for some serious sugar satiation.

lemon meringue pies
Lemon meringue pies

chocolate eclairs
Chocolate eclairs

chocolate mousse
Chocolate mousse

chocolate fountain
Chocolate fountain

vanilla slices
Vanilla slices

I've been here twice before, and it would appear that the 20% price increase has gone towards an expanded savouries selection, the sandwich option now extended to meat pies (with cubes of beef), quiches, cheese balls and pastry puffs.

Savoury pastries and a scone with jam and cream

Morgentau tea (citrus mango flavour sencha green tea)

A plate of desserts was shared so we could all sample more; the lemon meringue pie was a particular highlight.

dessert plate

And after some skewers of healthy fruit (shamelessly drenched in warm melted chocolate from the fountain of course), it was a slow heavy spoon that made its way towards the bottom of a mango pudding.

mango pudding
Mango pudding

Gluttony never felt so good.

dessert buffet

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High tea at the Crossroads Bar
Swissotel Sydney
Level 8, 68 Market Street, Sydney
(above Myer, enter from Market Street opp the State Theatre)
Tel: +61 (02) 9238 7082

High tea buffet available Saturdays and Sundays 2pm-4pm
$29.00 per person or
$36.50 with a glass of sparkling wine

Updated January 7, 2009
High tea buffet available Saturdays and Sundays 2pm-4pm
$35 per person or
$44.50 with a glass of Chandon

High tea available on a tiered tray Monday to Friday 2pm-4pm
$30 per person

Related GrabYourFork posts:
High tea at the Swissotel Crossroads Bar (Jan09) , (Jun06) and (Mar05)
High tea at the Observatory Hotel, Globe Bar
High tea at the Sofitel Wentworth (Sep08) and (Dec06)
High tea at the Victoria Room, Darlinghurst
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posted by Anonymous on 11/15/2006 11:31:00 pm


  • At 11/16/2006 8:44 am, Blogger Kat said…

    That's not such a bad price for a high tea buffet. I'm thinking of asking Hubby to, um, *sponsor* high tea each month for the next year in lieu of a Christmas present. I just don't know if my pancreas can handle it.

    Helen, of all the high teas you've been to, which one did you enjoy the most?

  • At 11/16/2006 10:52 am, Blogger shez said…

    was that tiramisu and a chocolate tart-ish thing on the plate of desserts as well?

    small desserts are so much more fun than big desserts!

  • At 11/17/2006 8:49 am, Blogger SydneyGal said…

    Did they have scones? High tea for me will be forever defined by an experience in Oxford, in a boutique hotel created out of a 13th century stone barn (where Oscar Wilde lived when he was at Oxford). Salmon and cucumber sandwiches and beautiful tea, all silver service and white gloves, but best of all the lightest fluffiest scones and most delicious sweet/tart strawberry jam with clotted cream .... hmmmm .... although this does look pretty yummy. Small desserts are indeed excellent - because you can have lots of different ones!

  • At 11/18/2006 12:10 am, Blogger Jeanne said…

    Wow!! I don't do nearly enough high tea... Those lemon meringues look totally adorable! Although I must agree with a previous commenter that it's not really high tea unless there are scones with jam and cream :o)

  • At 11/19/2006 8:40 pm, Blogger Vegas and Food said…

    I love dessert buffet. Looks sooo good!! How come there are no dessert buffet in the US!?

  • At 3/08/2008 10:44 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    After drooling over your high tea review I took my husband there for our rare afternoon without the toddlers. Sad to say it was an extreme disapointment. They had very average sandwiches and kept running out of the hot food which looked a little like the things I heat my three year old up from the freezer when I am to tired to cook. The jar jam was chucked into a large bowl and the scones were crumbly and almost biscuit like more than fluffy warm delights. My search for a good high tea continues. The buffet was a far cry from your review. I'm hoping we just caught them on an off day otherwise they have seriously gone downhill. At $35 p.p. I think I might cuddle up with hubby on our next afternoon off and put the kettle on at home.

  • At 3/11/2008 11:03 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi no_orange - Oh dear, that's such a shame. Sorry to hear about your disappointing high tea. It seems like high teas are all the rage across Sydney at the moment though so surely there's one that will suit?

  • At 2/05/2009 2:12 pm, Blogger Epicfailblog said…

    Im planning to go there in a week or so...and i was wondering

    Do you have to reserve or make a booking? Does it get busy?
    Itll be just no more than four..

    Hope it doesnt dissapoint! i have such a sweet tooth :D

  • At 2/05/2009 2:12 pm, Blogger Epicfailblog said…

    thanks btw oh yea so its near pitt mall?

  • At 2/05/2009 8:37 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Mizz_Amal - I always make bookings if I'm planning something. Unless you are prepared to miss out because they are full, then always make a booking, and let them know if you're running late or intend to cancel.

    Yes it's near Pitt Street Mall. Click on the map above if you need more directions.


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