Let’s say the word together, Anti-qu-teas!! So, what is it? Antiquteas is a new addition to the old traditional Hahndorf and it specialises in high tea and deserts. I went past this place several times when they were doing their decorations and refurbishment. My wife was the one who really wanted to try this place out :>. However, due to limited open days, I was not able to book for seats for 3 months but finally we went there on the 23rd Dec LAST YEAR:P!!! Can’t believe it’s 2012 now! LOL
Located towards the end of Main Street, Hahndorf next to IGA, the Antiquteas is of a luxurious decoration and table settings. It made me feeling I am in the old Victoria time where everything is just beautifully set out. From old fashioned lights to the black theme of the whole cafe, the elegance and luxuries are just everywhere!
A good high tea is not of top standard if it doesn’t have nice serve wares. The Royal Albert tea sets and the golden cutlery fit into the whole theme well, which showed how detailing the owner is.
Anyway, I am here for high tea, not for tea sets, right?! So, let’s begin the high tea! The champagne – mind me for the word, it is actually sparking blanc – included in the high tea was from the Lane Vineyards from Adelaide Hills, showing case a good cool climate variety, which the Hill is renowned for. The wine itself was very crisp and was a good appetising compliment to the main plates.
As with any high tea, a savoury plate and a sweet platter were included. The savoury plate contained 3 kinds of sandwiches, including egg mustard, smoked salmon and hand ‘n’ cheese, and a turkey tart. Among the 4 of them, I liked the turkey tart the most. Biting while it’s hot, I can taste the softness and aromas from the turkey and still touch its tenderness in my mouth. The smoked salmon sandwich was not bad – contained good salmon. The other two sandwiches were just okay. BUT the whole idea of high tea is for girls to eat and mingle with each other, isn’t it?
For the sweet platter, you get some macarons, Christmas cake and cherry cups as well as scones. As a symbol for high tea, scones should represent its quality and I should indeed say the scones from Antiquteas were good. They were soft and tangy and went very well with either cream and jam. Although they are not the best I’ve had before, they are still of good quality. For the rest of the platter, the cheery cup used fresh cherry with some cream in the chocolate cup, making it refreshing and sweet especially after several sips. The Christmas cakes were fun and sweet as well as the macarons.
Sweet stuffs should always be accompanied by a tea or coffee. Antiquteas serve English breakfast or Earl Grey as their tea. I don’t like the spicy taste of earl grey, so we decided to go with English Brekkie. Good tea though! Loose tea leaves were infused in this beautiful silver tea pot and the rest were all silver wares, making the experience elegant and luxurious overall. Ps: The pot was really really really heavy :P
The overall experience was fine for Antiqutea High tea. The sweet platter was moreish and sweet while the savoury plate was yum. Although most of them are not the best I had before, they are good “time wasters” (:P) for girl’s meeting-ups.
Value: 3/5 – I really think $44 per person is too high for a high tea. If you bought a deal voucher, that’s another story then.
U3, 13-15 Mount Barker Road
Hahndorf, SA 5245
P: 08 8388 1746