Chocoholic High – Hippotamus High Tea

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What a decadent Friday afternoon high tea we had, hosting our clients at Hippopotamus for Wellington on a Plate. Chef de patisserie, David Cadoret, personally created a fantastic selection of treats and joined with Whittakers to deliver Wellingtonians and outtatowners, a beautiful high tea brimming with chocolate concoctions.Surrounded by the backdrop of a stunning almost summer-like day with a view of our Welly harbour, amongst the elegant surroundings of the Museum Art Hotel, it was unbeaten.

The table settings  were beautifully set with beautiful bone china complimented with a takeway Whittakers Sante bar.  I have a personal affection for the Sante bar as that’s my Dad’s name. It means good health in Italian. Cin Cin Dad.

The lovely Greer gave us a warm welcome and a little of Whittakers history. This formalised our experience making us feel very special.

Our drink for starters was either a mangolino; pureed mango with cava, cacao and chilli foam or a Refreshing Splash which was mandarin syrup and cocoa soda. Without question I opted for the mangolino.  It was not too sweet so well balanced with the fruit, fizz and crunchy choccy chilly bits. We were also offered four teas, jasmine, italian almond, rosehip and hibiscus or supreme ceylon. No guessing what I chose, italian almond and it tasted like tea infused with amaretto. A double cin cin.

The food was presented on tiered plates with a nice mix of sweet and savoury. The salmon croquette and leek, goat cheese quiche were sans chocolate however all other delights were cleverly infused with either milk, dark or white chocolate. Let me make your mouth water; marinated venison with custard, dark chocolate and chilli, kikorangi and cucumber sammie with white chocolate, cardamon, white chocolate sponge with strawberry, milk chocolate mousse and salted caramel, choux pastry with passionfruit and dark chocolate, chocolate cream with spicy pear gingerbread crumble. The combinations were subtle and yet delicious.

I had to pace myself with the final three at the end and had Kendra bites. A Kendra bite is a foodietraveller coined-term, inspired by watching Kendra (ex Playboy mansion)’s wedding. Her Mom made her about 5 different delicious breakfast options and to keep her weight down but to also feel satiated, she just had a wee bite of everything! So you still get to still enjoy a taste without missing out on the fun.

I cannot rate this high tea highly enough. I’ve experienced one here before but not to this scale. This was a highlight of my Wellington on a Plate experience. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

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