It’s been a while since my high school friends and I have caught up, so when I saw an email about a chocolate high tea, I rounded up the troops.
We were quite impressed when the 3-tiered stand came out; it looked so cute and delicious!
The crustless Cucumber and Salmon & Dill Sandwiches were fresh and while the Crab Cakes were quite delicious we weren’t too sure if we could actually taste any crab. It was a toss-up though between which I liked better: the sandwiches or the scrumptious Zucchini, Cheese & Bacon Mini Muffins.
M thought the fresh figs could have been juicier and sweeter than the ones we had, but I thought they were pretty nice and the not-so-sweet dark chocolate complimented them well (a lot different to a honey-drizzled fig I’ve had, that’s for sure!).
The chocolate cakes were moist and super chocolatey; we thought the edible butterflies were a fun touch.
I love the smell of coffee, but I actually don’t really like the taste of it (I think it’s too bitter and burnt). Imagine my surprise when on biting into the Coffee Dark Chocolate piece I actually liked it. The rich taste of the coffee wasn’t at all burnt and only a little bitter with the slightly sweet dark chocolate smoothing out the flavour.
The lemon cupcakes were zesty and wonderfully moist (also, you can never go wrong with strawberry and cream), but I think it was the orange flourless cake that we all swooned over. It was scrumptiously light and bright, and not at all dry.
I don’t think anyone can resist strawberry truffles and dark chocolate dipped strawberries – safe to say, these were awesome and we wished there were more than just one each.
We chose to have hot chocolate shots with our cakes – the hard part was deciding which one from such an interesting range. M ended up choosing Chilli, Rose and Black Pepper, R had the Aztec (which consisted of Chilli, Cinnamon and Orchid Vanilla) and I chose Lavender (a much less spicy option than the girls haha).
The girls found that they had to stir quite a bit to get all of the flavours up to the top, but once they did, it was a delicious, spicy mouthful. The lavender flavour was more consistent throughout and had just enough to be unmistakeably lavender, but not overpowering.
The only down side to the shot was that it was rather small, so we ordered another round of hot beverages.
The girls and I adored the awesome Alice in Wonderland teapot that my Earl Grey came in – it was such a fun design and I totally wanted to steal it.
I would say we’re pretty seasoned high tea goers – we’ve been going for years and to be honest, this is the first time I felt really enchanted and utterly at peace at one.
We loved that the outdoor furniture were mismatched, that some settings weren’t tables but picnic blankets spread on the grass, that there were toys for kids to play with and that we had such gorgeous, serene views. There’s an option to play croquet, which we had every intention of playing – only we got a bit too relaxed and were quite content watching the boats sail by on the harbour.
With all the rain we’ve had I was a bit worried that high tea would be a wash out, but the day was glorious sunny – made perfect with great company and delicious food.
Although we were full, there seemed to be something missing and then it hit us: we didn’t have any scones! Surprised we missed something so integral to high tea, we checked the menu again and sure enough the Coco Chocolate Classic High Tea does not come with scones – they are extra at $15pp. We contemplated whether we had enough room and decided that we really didn’t. Pity, I’m sure they would have been pretty good too.
Getting to Coco Chocolate at Middle Head can get a bit confusing (we got lost a bit), but it became clear once we worked out what “Burnt Orange” was (the first area you go past as you head down a skinny asphalt road) and kept going down the road until we saw a car park on our right. There is limited parking after 11am, so it might be best to have an earlier high tea.
[Edit: Please note that since this review, the high tea we had is now called a "Moet High Tea" (and you get champagne, bonus!). The Scoopon/Travelzoo/voucher high tea is different! Please read the fine print to moderate expectations.]
Coco Chocolate at Middle Head
Building 21, 1110 Middle Head Road
Mosman, NSW, 2088
Ph: (02) 9960 5848
(past Burnt Orange at Chowder Bay Rd turn off car park)