I was invited along to try the High Tea menu in Wellington’s Restaurant at the Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre thanks to my friends at Zomato. I couldn’t wait to check out this venue right alongside the Panmure Basin and enjoy my first high tea of 2016. The surrounding views were to die for, make sure you to head outside on the deck for a look around – it was absolutely breath-taking.
We were each seated with a glass of bubbles and our choice from the tea menu, or a fresh coffee. Have I mentioned how much I love tea menus? I went for my typical English Breakfast Tea as its pairs perfectly with savoury and sweet. Also noted… they used a fresh loose leaf tea and everyone was served an individual teapot.
Me and my friend Samantha from PlanetBakeLife sat next to each other, it was so nice to catch up with a fellow foodies. We started from the top of the menu and worked our way down discussing the finer details of each tasty morsel. One thing I love more than anything is getting together with a bunch of other foodies because everyone takes a million photos of their food before its eaten. I felt like it was accepted and that I belonged.
The savoury items were interesting, and well thought out. It was nice to see some creative ingredients and presentation used. There was of course salmon, which is a high tea staple and a recurring flavour. After thinking about it for a while, my favourite item was definitely the creamy, layered crepes. My least favourite would probably have been the roast lamb on bruschetta only because it was such a tiny part, flavour wise – it was delicious.
My favourite dessert would have been a tie between the beautifully executed opera cake with gold leaf (I’ve had some pathetic excuses for opera cake in the past) as well as the delicately flavoured lavender macaron.
Prices are mentioned below:
- Classic High Tea – $30.00 per person or $15.00 for those aged between 3 and 12 years.
- Bubbly High Tea – $35.00 per person.
Bookings are needed and must be made at least 24 hours beforehand (especially if you plan on going during the weekend). Available Monday to Saturday from 11am – 4pm.
A massive thank you to Waipuna – your staff were incredibly knowledgeable, helpful and great to have a laugh with.
Waipuna has only been offering high tea for about 3 years now, but I can definitely see why it’s so popular on the weekends. If you head along for a relaxing outing, please let me know how you find it – I recommend going along in Summer/Spring time.