Better than the reviews, much better!
A few of the high tea inspectors were invited to a pre-wedding party at Rochelle Adonis last Sunday. I immediately did some research and found some not too flattering comments, ranging from noisy, lack of service and food inadequacies.
We were shown to our tables promptly at 10am, our party required two tables with ten per table. The waiter was very efficient attending to teas, coffees, and champagne with or without orange juice. The tea selection is excellent and my genmaicha green was one of the better I have tried.
I do like the way the high tea was served, firstly the delicious finger sandwich, fresh and tasty, a perfect starter with my green tea. Then a beautifully presented savoury plate with pork rillet with cornichon, buche d'affonois with home made lavoche and apple, chickpea finger with sri racha sauce and lamb croquette with salsa. (my apologies if any of that is misspelt - and I found it a little difficult to hear the waiter and remember all the dishes).
Strawberry and plum sorbet followed and then a plate of sweets, vanilla macaroon, choux bun with raspberry chiboust cream, chocolate ganache tart with cherry and a passionfruit chocolate cup. And to keep the waiter on his toes another round of teas, coffees or champagne.
The kitchen staff had no problem with my request for "no sugar" and replaced the sweet plate with another savoury plate. With regards to the noisy comments, well I agree, our two tables of women created a lot of noise, but that is not unique to Rochelle Adonis, anywhere you eat out and has a gathering of excited women enjoying themselves - you will have a little noise.
I did not find a lack of service, far from it. Having done a lot of high tea reviews, (some not worth the time or effort) I found the staff and level of service to be excellent.
Most importantly the food and value. There was plenty for everyone and all fresh, tasty and well presented. I noticed ladies from other tables taking leftovers packed up for them as they left.
We walked away totally satisfied and I am most happy to recommend High Tea at Rochelle Adonis.