La Fourchette is a fresh, modern French restaurant and cafe in St Heliers, Auckland. They have an impressive menu as well as a pastry cabinet that will steal your heart (I’ve heard the pain au chocolat is a must-try).
I didn’t actually know this place existed until a few weeks ago. When I found out they offered an afternoon tea I quickly added it to my list for review.
We went along at 3.00pm on a Sunday afternoon. Upon entering, I couldn’t take my eyes away from the delicious macarons in the cabinet. We were quickly shown to our table upstairs in what seems like the perfect area for events. It was cosy and quieter. Away from the hustle and bustle of everyone eating downstairs.
Our table was beautifully setup and I loved the little Hersheys kiss which was waiting for us on the spoon next to our teacups. The Harney & Sons tea menu was waiting for us and I ordered an English Breakfast, while Carl chose a fruity Raspberry tea.
The beautiful Christine Re teacups and saucers which adorable and added a vintage touch to this high tea. Christine Re is an Australian designer and artist. I love her work and was happy to sip on some of her beautiful teacups. Carl had a pretty pastel blue teacup, which I really liked (so we swapped).
This is the only authentic French afternoon tea I’ve seen on offer here in Auckland, which was really lovely to experience.
One thing I particularly like when having a high tea is a run through of what’s being offered. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a menu available, and the waiter didn’t tell us what we were eating. It’s not something that’s necessary, just an aspect I quite like. The menu is available online if you’re interested in looking at the selection before you book.
The ratio of five savoury and five sweet was perfect – you can see my favourite sweet treat on my Instagram.
I think if you’re looking for a great all-rounder high tea then look no further than La Fourchette. The service was mostly great, the food was delicious and well priced. One thing I will mention is that we waited for thirty minutes before our food was served. While I didn’t mind (it was a relaxing Sunday afternoon and we had tea), I think it is worth mentioning.
You need to book for afternoon tea at La Fourchette at least two days before your high tea as well as make a deposit over the phone. When I rang to make my deposit for two people, it was $39.00. So not really a deposit, more like securing your booking with the cost of one high tea.
I think everyone should try one at least once. One of my favourites and more recent reviews were at the Bellini Hilton here in downtown Auckland. Click the link to read it, hopefully, it will inspire you to take some time out to treat yourself.
Have you tried an afternoon tea before? Let me know where in the comments below