On a cold, wet night Madame Hanoi put a beacon out inviting us to the re-launch of their Madame’s Hendricks High Tea. I am a sucker for food on tiers! What can I say, I’m English after all. A prominent bath tub covered in flowers was on display upon entry to signify this was a gin event. Thank the knights of Arthur that we have moved passed making booze from a tub!
Like a cute, little hostess there was a lady handing out a lovely cherry gin cocktail which whet the appetite for my first ever gin high tea. Like you would imagine hearing gushing wind in the distance when a storm approaches, thus was the gasps as the tier approached our table. Towering high in all its glory was a three tier stand holding treats on every level.
At the base was a trio of Crispy Pork Banh Mi with pate, chilli and Asian basil. The banh mi is a classic lunch for me when working so for it to appear again and have that snap on the crackling was a delight. Alongside this was Grilled Tasmanian Salmon with ginger, hot pepper paste and betel leaf.
Trekking up the tower to the middle was a Confit Duck Cold Roll with pickles and a Soft Shell Crab Slider in a squid ink brioche roll. The cold roll was refreshing with a prominent noodle and mint taste though I would have loved more duck. Soft shell crab is a favourite of mine and I got what I wanted out of it flavour wise. The roll was a fraction dry though this seems generally the case with all the squid ink rolls I’ve had. There were four rolls and five people so my hands were as quick as a kung fu master to obtain my soft shell sensation.
All of this climbing had worked up a thirst so I poured myself a cup of the Hendrick’s Gin Tea. The tea set was very regal and I loved it! Coming from the UK we believe everything tastes better from a teapot. The aroma was tantalising and the flavour was reminiscent of a light mulled wine I think due to the spices. This concoction was made from Hendrick’s Gin, fresh lemon juice, cucumber, orange & spiced honey served hot with English breakfast tea. You should be warned though as it is one of those drinks that tastes so good you forget it has booze in it so drink responsibly. My iron resolve helped me avoid falling prey to overindulgence mainly because I was driving and I want to be a good law abiding citizen!
Finally at the very heights of this tower there was no angel, star or oversized gorilla swatting airplanes but assorted Macarons with Coconut Tapioca. Upon tasting the macarons they had that crisp outer shell and a gooey center which ticks the box. The coconut tapioca had mango sago, lemongrass, goji berry and dill. It was a very pretty dessert and the taste matched it with a good balance of fragrance and sweetness. While I cleaned the remnants of mango sago I tuned into the live band creating a relaxed atmosphere and drank in what was left of the evening.
The Hendrick’s High Tea is available Monday to Friday from 12-5pm and weekends from 2-5pm. You need a minimum of two to tango and the same applies to make a booking. You would be looking at $45 per person which is great value from the amount you get and the quality that has gone into it.
Meet up with a friend, go on a date or treat the folks to a great experience with an exotic twist.
Disclaimer: Foodie Ling was invited as a guest of Madame Hanoi
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