Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney is taking high tea to new heights with the launch of a daring new High Tea buffet by Anna Polyviou, with the best views in Sydney, at Blu Bar on 36.
High Tea devotees will delight in Polyviou's show-stopping sweet treats and savoury morsels, designed in the Punk Princess of Pastry's distinctive style.
Guests will sink into plush velvet lounges and enjoy free-flowing teapot cocktails created by Blu Bar on 36's renowned bartenders, including Passion Tea-quila and Pink Panther, a Mohawk concoction reflecting Polyviou's hot pink hair.
“Blu Bar High Tea is a glamorous, colourful and delicious romp, with epic views of the city and harbour as a spectacular backdrop,” said the executive pastry chef.
“Everything's been specially selected to reflect the bar and my style, from the buffet stands in my signature colours, through to the sleek glassware, teapots and cutlery.”
Dessert aficionados will savour a dazzling new menu, including Pina-Colada (coconut, pineapple, lemongrass and Malibu), Popping (caramel, pop-corn, chocolate) and Strawberries 'n' Crème (strawberry, mascarpone, vanilla), to name a few.
Polyviou's take on traditional high tea favourites will satisfy savoury lovers, like Egg (egg, mayo, watercress), Salad (goat's cheese, vegetables, olive oil) and Quiche (roast vegetable and Lorraine).
The Blu Bar High Tea buffet is available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 1:45 to 3:45 p.m on level 36. It is priced at $75 per person on Friday and Saturday, and $95 per person on Sunday. On arrival, guests enjoy a glass of sparkling wine on Friday and Saturday, a glass of Champagne on Sunday, and free-flowing teapot cocktails during each seating
Executive Pastry Chef Anna Polyviou
Anna Polyviou turned her creative eye to Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney's sweetest experiences, becoming known for her renowned high tea and decadent dessert station at Café Mix, her luscious treats at Lobby Lounge and the Horizon Club, and her inventive in-room dining and banquet menus.
Polyviou is a judge on the brand-new prime-time cooking competition Family Food Fight, and appeared as a guest judge on MasterChef Australia three years in a row.
She has also created Sweet Street, an epic dessert festival held in the Grand Ballroom, a Dessert Degustation series in the hotel's pastry kitchen, as well as the annual Christmas Spectacular, which has become a destination on Sydney's festive calendar.
In 2017, Polyviou took home the coveted “Chef of the Year” at the TAA Awards, hot on the heels of her win as “Pastry Chef of the Year” at the prestigious 2016 Gault&Millau Awards.
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently operates over 100 hotels with a room inventory of over 41,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services. Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming
projects in Australia, mainland China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. For more information, please visit www.shangri-la.com.