Mad Hatter’s Tea Party ; The Westin

Alice and the Mad Hatter.
I don’t think that’s fitting enough.
I took my sister out for her birthday to the Westin for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (any excuse really) and bathed in the wonderful idea of tea refills. Hello.

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Roasted beef and fresh asparagus roulade on mini laugen 

I was quite disappointed with this dish unfortunately, the beef was tender but the roulade was stale and the asparagus had really no flavour or special addition to the dish. I am also going to do a Manu and say ‘there just wasn’t enough sauce’!

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Cherry, bocconccini & tomato on a fresh green salad boat 

This dish was such a surprise! It had great textural balance and the sweet citrus sauce was to die for! The crunchy strips tasted like those fried wonton pastries (without the sugar) and balanced out the soft bocconccini and slightly tangy tomatoes.

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Alaskan crabmeat salad on double bread

This was such a delicate dish! The bread could have been softer but the crabmeat was sweet and the cucumber slice had just enough moisture to just slightly tone the crab flavour down.

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from left to right: Purple macaron with a blueberry cream filling, dark chocolate mud cake encased in chocolate icing, layers of raspberry buttercream, chocolate ganache and raspberry jelly

Beats me how they came up with such inventive ways to create aesthetically pleasing artwork such as these. However, it does all come down to flavour. 
The chewiness of the macaron was just perfect, it had a crispy outer shell and a chewy centre. Too bad the blueberry filling didn’t have any flavour at all. It was just rich cream.
The chocolate mud cake was indeed extremely thick and rich. It was surprising though…it tasted a lot better when you ate it with the icing. It somehow turned out to be less rich..funny how that is. Maybe I’m going mad.

The raspberry heart was definitely the winner out of the desserts. It was well balanced in texture and there was a good tartness coming out from the taspberry buttercream.

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I love unlimited tea refills.

IMG_0672 IMG_0673Scones with homemade strawberry jam, raspberry jam and clotted cream. 

I must admit, my sister and I did forget about the scones. Shame on us!

The scones were toasted and warm (it was so windy that day, it was greatly appreciated) and were quite light. The homemade strawberry jam was incredible. Chunks of strawberry encased in a sticky sugar syrup that was not pain-stakingly sweet. I definitely would have preferred a ‘running’ cream instead of the clotted. I felt like it would have just moistened the scone a little more – it was quite dry on the palate. The chocolate raspberry jam however, was just sweet. Perfect for the sweet tooths out there!

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Blueberry Mojito

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