This month Sydney saw a heavy contender entering the highly competitive dessert territory. Passiontree Velvet offers a world of ‘edible luxury’ combining the finest essence of English high tea house, Parisian patisserie and Belgian chocolatier. Located in the busy Macquarie Centre, it is an elegant, yet ultra-indulgent dessert oasis for every Sydneysider with a sweet tooth.
The Full Duchess and Chocolatiers High Tea
The Full Duchess is the classic English high tea set with assorted ribbon sandwiches (cucumber, smoked salmon and cream cheese, egg salad, and champagne ham), freshly baked scones and decedent petit fours.
The Full Duchess’s petit fours
Petit fours consist: Berry white chocolate mousse, Plaisir, Lemon meringue tart and Chocolate tart.
The berry white chocolate mousse was my favourite out of the four. The mousse is light in texture, silky smooth and more importantly, not overly sweet while the raspberry coulis has an elegant mild sourness.
Chocolatiers High Tea is the naughty sister of the Duchess. It offers the same assortment of ribbon sandwiches as the previous set does, an array of chocolate bonbons, truffles, macarons and more chocolate cakes! Perfect for any chocolate lover. *raises both hands*
Good news my friends, the cakes from both high tea sets can be purchased in full size. Just in case you wanted to take some home.
These macarons will fill your soul with warm and fuzzy happiness
Much to my delight, Passiontree Velvet’s macarons are very uniform in size and taste just as good. My personal favourites are Salted Caramel and Lemon. However, Raspberry is a letdown unfortunately as the raspberry flavor is so faint it’s almost undetectable.
Passiontree Velvet’s heroes!
We also got to sample 3 of their most popular cakes, in their glorious full size. Yay!
Brownie with Earl Grey chocolate ganache is the most note-worthy since the other two are a tad too sweet for my liking (those with a massive sweet tooth would love these). I really enjoyed it despite not being big fan of dense brownies. The chocolate ganache is undoubtedly indulgent. There is a mild hint of Earl Grey aftertaste that lingers in your mouth, which I find very elegant.
Passiontree velvet also excels in the éclair department. The choux pastry is light and crispy. The standard cream filling is creamy, yet not too sweet.
The mocha cream filling is very refreshing with a prominent coffee taste.
My personal favourite is, you guessed it, Citron éclair filled with lemon custard and lemon glaze. It is pleasantly sour upon first bite but makes you crave more.
Overall, Passiontree Velvet offers great sweets with warm hospitality. It is a great addition to Sydney’s very long list of go-to dessert places and I wouldn’t mind travelling to Macquarie Centre although a CBD store is always appreciated (hint hint). Definitely give this lovely place a visit if you’re looking for a new place to enjoy high tea and desserts.
Contributed by Hannah, who dined as a guest on behalf of 2 Hungry Guys