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dre @ Richmond & University: I hope everyone is enjoying their Christmas Day!
This was the Nutcracker High Tea experience at the Shangri-La hotel lobby. I've only had high tea once and it was on a cruise. My coworkers decided to go one afternoon, so we indulged at the Shangri-La.
We sat beside the fireplace and I got really warm over time. The set up was really pretty though and decorated really nicely. There was even a Nutcracker decoration watching us eat.
We were served current and classic scones. I really enjoyed these scones and wished there were more. In fact, I would say that these were the best part of the meal.
The bottom tier were the selection of finger sandwiches. I'm not a fan of sandwiches, so I knew this would not be my favourite tier. The four sandwiches were Cucumber with Herb Boursin Cheese on Granary Bread, Smoked Salmon and Egg Mayonnaise on Marble Rye Bread, Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Preserve on Herb Country Bread, and Honey Baked Ham with Caramelized Onion on Whole Wheat Bread.
I was right, I didn't like any of them. I felt the cranberry overpowered the turkey and it wasn't roasted turkey, the honey ham was too sweet, the smoked salmon one was okay (but I don't like smoked salmon), and I tried only a quarter of the cucumber and cheese sandwich, but I swallowed without chewing too much.
The Ginger Bread Loaf Cake was pretty gingery. We didn't finish it all, so we took some home. The spreads were Devonshire Cream, House-Made Berry Jam and Citrus Marmalade.
Now onto the "Nutcracker Inspired Pastries". Starting at the front, “Dance of the Reed Flutes” - Danish Marzipan Cake made with citrus sponge, marzipan glaze. Going clockwise, “Arabian Dance" Coffee Opera Cake - Jaconde sponge, coffee hazelnut butter cream, chocolate glaze. This cake was pretty heavy with lots of layers. At the back was the “Spanish Dance” Chocolate Truffle made with 66% chocolate, cinnamon, chilli. It was interesting with the chilli aftertaste and it gave it an interesting kick. In the shot glass was the “Chinese Dance” Darjeeling Tea - Cassis cream, Darjeeling tea gelee, crispy meringue. In the middle was the “Russian Dance” Candy Cane Peppermint Macaroon.
I didn't particularly love any of the desserts and by this time we were getting pretty full, so I was merely eating them for the sake of getting a taste.
We tried four teas (though only three tea pots are shown). I enjoyed the teas that we tried - a Vanilla Rooibos, two different types of Earl Grey and also a green tea with star anise flavours.
So in conclusion, High Tea is not my cup of tea (ha ha), but I did enjoy the experience, the effort and the company!
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