Chez Dré

White Bean Cassoulet

Sitting close to the South Melbourne Market where a market with the freshest seafood lies Chez Dré, a french breakfast, lunch and patisserie restaurant catered for all. Chez Dré, a French-inspired sweet & savoury delights, treats.. you name it. The … Continue reading

Burch & Purchese

Explosive Raspberry Milk Chocolate (Nut Free)

Is a known patisserie headed by Darren Purchese. He’s known for his flavour balance and texture creativity. Combining delicious sweet decorations of jellies, sponges, mousses, cream, crumbles & spreads layer after layer. I’ve followed them at the 2013 Melbourne Show … Continue reading

Mandarin Oriental – Afternoon High Tea

Whenever I visit Hong Kong I would always try high tea at a 4-5 star hotel. This is because after currency conversion it turns out reasonably cheaper than if it was at Australia!

This time I checked into the lobby at the Mandarin Oriental hotel, which is a 5 star hotel. The hotel was within 4 minutes walking distance from Central mtr station. It’s definitely convenient for those who work at Central which is the Central Business District of Hong Kong with luxury branded retailers surrounding many well serviced hotels business and iconic buildings. The lobby specialised in delicacy and desserts. And it certainly delivered!

We initially ordered tea set for 2 persons, as advised by my aunt who tried Mandarin Oriental before. There was 3 of us but apparently 2 persons tea set was enough to fill us all,

After seeing the set it just didn’t seem to sparingly feed the 3 of us. Additionally, one of my friends didnt have breakfast/lunch, So we ordered a one person tea set also. And… it was the wrong decision!

By the end of the day we left one dessert on the tier. It was truely too much to fill 2 males and 1 female!
Lesson learnt: listen to my aunt and order 2 persons tea set when 3 people are dining.

Mocha

Mocha

I ordered a Mocha as my drink that came with the Tea set, but it wasn’t the best Mocha.. there wasn’t enough chocolate to kick off the taste and it tasted like a really light Latte unfortunately.

Salmon Sour Cream Chive Bagel & Cucumber Dill Cream Cheese Soft White Bread

Salmon Sour Cream Chive Bagel & Cucumber Dill Cream Cheese Soft White Bread

Dessert Platter

Dessert Platter

Jam for the Scones was wonderful.. it was made with rose petals and it was perfect with the scones.  It was also a good idea to spread both jam and the Devon Clotted Cream on the Plain scones.

Devon Clotted Cream & Rose Petal Jam

Devon Clotted Cream & Rose Petal Jam

Plain & Raisin Scones

Plain & Raisin Scones

Overall, I’d say the sandwiches lacked a bit of creativity compared with Langham hotel’s high tea. But the dessert was spot on! Sensational flavours from sweet and sour but not too sweet and bearable sourness!
The savoury pastries also kicked it off – Quiche [Bacon, Onion, Cheese] & Sausage Roll, Puff Pastry! Warm to the right edible temperature crispy on the outer and well flavoured in the inner.

Quiche Bacon Onion Cheese & Sausage Roll Puff Pastry

Quiche Bacon Onion Cheese & Sausage Roll Puff Pastry

My favourite would be the chocolate and waffle base cake – millefruille or it could be the ‘Hazelnut Cassis Mousse Cake’. The best dessert with the right size for tasting.