It’s funny how you can pass through the same area for years and not actually notice the specifics of what is there. I have been along the section of road where Atlantis Seafood is located a countless number of times and yet have never known that a restaurant there even existed. As part of the Quest Serviced Apartments complex, underground parking is available for overnight guests as well as diners via a down ramp which isn’t signposted but buzz the intercom to reception and you will automatically be allowed entry.
The husband and I are here to try out their high tea through a Groupon deal – only $35 for two – which is normally priced at $29 per person ($36 for sparkling high tea, or $45 with a glass of champagne). We’re not usually subscribers to group-buying deals because the husband’s previous rotational work schedule made it difficult for us to forecast too far ahead our availability to comply with validity periods. Besides, often the deals offer only a restricted sampling of an establishment’s menu when we prefer to have the freedom to sample from a greater range.
The list of teas on offer are quite impressive, mostly organic and all Australian-made. I stick with my usual Earl Grey and the husband, as my guinea pig, tries the ‘Dark chocolate & Black tea’. It’s the enticing description of “cocoa kernels and natural chocolate flavour” which rope us in but I personally find both teas a little on the weak side and the chocolate one having more coconutty aromas than chocolate. The glass of Lanson champagne with its fruitiness is much more welcome.
Working in my usual fashion from savoury to sweet, the mini quiches have flaky pastry and quite a firm egg filling. The sandwiches are smoked salmon with capers and turkey with cranberry sauce and, while crust-less, are a little low on the filling ratio. The scones are toasty warm with a light crumb and served with a red berry preserve and jam, although we wouldn’t have minded just a smidgen more of each.
The petits fours selection has squares of cheesecake, chocolate cake and choc-dipped strawberries. The cheesecake base is sadly soggy but the passionfruit jelly overlay is delightfully tangy. The chocolate cake is spongy, which is welcome when I expected it to be the usual dense and sticky mudcake. Choc-dipped strawberries are a favourite of both of ours and the only thing we didn’t like about these was the addition of dessicated coconut.
An exceptional value deal for a high tea experience and we spotted many diners enjoying the same. If at its normal price, however, there are probably other places I’d choose over Atlantis Seafood due to reputation, location or otherwise. But to take advantage of this offer, keep an eye out for when it is available via:
Mademoiselle Délicieuse and Monsieur Poisson enjoyed this high tea deal at Atlantis Seafood courtesy of Groupon.
58-62 Dehli Rd, North Ryde NSW
Tel: (02) 8899 8980
High tea is available each day from 11am to 5pm.