Happy New Year! We rang the New Year with a fancy high tea at the Aperture Lounge in the Capella Hotel in Sydney. I’ve never been much of a high tea person – in fact prior to this year I only remember going to high tea once in my entire life at Sketch in London and that was purely for aesthetic purposes only.
The Aperture Lounge is a beautiful courtyard boasting a majestic floral kinetic installation hanging from the ceiling. It should really be in an art gallery. I am convinced this artwork is 95% of the reason why people book this place. You see it on Instagram/Tik Tok and it’s the most beautiful, whimsical high tea location you’ve ever seen.
The degustation afternoon tea is at a hefty price tag – $105 per person which includes an assortment of small appetisers, desserts and the Aperture Blend tea. However, we were told we could pick our choice of tea but we opted for the ‘Aperture Blend’ tea anyway- stick with the classics you know?
As it is a degustation menu, you don’t won’t get the posh classic high tea experience where the food is served on a tiered stand.
My favourite out of all the appetisers was by far the lobster roll. I did enjoy the salmon roe and tuna tarte with spicy mayo as well. The biggest disappointment was by far the wagyu beef pie which tasted very average. The desserts were unmemorable but the scones were the most disappointing. I used to work at KPMG and they had the best scones – it’s actually one of the few things I miss. They set an incredibly high bar for me when it comes to scones (lol). The double cream that accompanied the scones tasted a bit off, almost tasting like sour cream to me.
I did find that the service was generally bit aloof – it was particularly difficult to get attentive service. They also stopped serving us tea by the end probably because we drank too much and we overstayed our afternoon tea by a few hours. We ended up leaving around 6pm and we arrived at 1pm.
Despite the high cost, I did have an enjoyable afternoon at the Capella Hotel. The aesthetic and scenery is beautiful and definitely one of the highlights. As cheesy and cliche as it is, the thing I enjoyed the most about my high tea experience was the conversations and time I had with my friends chatting about life and our visions and plans for the upcoming year over some nice tea and food.
I don’t believe it is worth the $105 price tag but I’m glad I was able to experience it. Have you been to the Capella Hotel for afternoon tea? Did you find it worth it?