Sydney Food Styling Workshop Trip – Day 2

Before we visited Sydney, we saw a great shot of a matcha cake taken by Devon Cafe on Instagram, which elicited our desire to try the cake so much. So on the second day of our visit, we headed out to Devon cafe in search of our matcha delights.

Matcha cake shot on Instagram
Matcha cake shot on Devon Instagram. Can you feel the desire?!

After walking there it took us about 20 minutes. We walked into the cafe and got a seat out in the garden.

Table setting at Devon
Table setting at Devon
Lovely chilli in the garden
Lovely chilli in the garden

We ordered a coffee and perused the menu. On closer inspection we found that there weren’t any matcha items, so we quizzed our waiter about this. We found out that the Devon Cafe also has a sister cafe in another suburb and that is where all of the matcha cakes are located during dinner time. Feeling a bit disappointed we decided to just have a coffee and go to another cafe in Surrey Hills.

Coffee at Devon
Coffee at Devon

We walked up to Crown Street and had a look at a few cafes and settled on O Organic Produce. Actually, we went this cute little place last year. We had great memories here so tried it again.

Street view outside O Organic
Street view outside O Organic
O Organic on Crown Street
O Organic on Crown Street

This time we wanted to order something fairly simple so we went for a poached egg and sourdough toast.

Our brekkie of the day
Our brekkie of the day
Playing with the squeezing lemon trick!
Playing with the squeezing lemon trick!

We also tried their special of the week for the smoothie: Purple Rain. This smoothie was delicious with walnut, orange, and acai.

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After this we set out on a mission to photograph one of our favourite cakes in a secret garden location. We picked up a cake and headed out on the train to the garden.

After this we walked around a bit in the area of Kirrabilli before taking the ferry back across the harbour to take in a beautiful view of the Sydney Opera House.

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Having walked about 14,000 steps by this stage we thought it’s high time we had something to eat and luckily for us we had booked an afternoon high tea at the Lotus Restaurant at Galeries.

Lotus at the Galeries
Lotus at the Galeries
Lotus
Lotus
Kitchen at Lotus
Kitchen at Lotus

The restaurant describes its decor as “a very restrained, elegant white-on-blue palette that brings to mind a willow pattern”.

Function room at Lotus
Function room at Lotus
Bar at Lotus
Bar at Lotus
Tables settings inside Lotus
Tables settings inside Lotus
A peaceful cornor
A peaceful corner
Our table for hightea!
Our table for hightea!

Wow, were we in for a treat. Our food comprised three layers of predominantly savoury morsels and sweet heavenly delights.

Hightea
Three layers of heavenly delights

We had three types of dumplings, sweet potato and coconut cake, some walnut puffs, radish pastry, after this we had some really beautiful sweet delights: a sesame ball filled with some smooth velvety chocolate and then the ‘piece de resistance’ was special Sichuan chocolates – wonderful.

Steamed clear pastry dumpling with fish and white radish
Steamed clear pastry dumpling with fish and white radish
Steamed clear pastry sui mai with fresh scallop
Steamed clear pastry sui mai with fresh scallop
Steamed Jade prawn dumpling
Steamed Jade prawn dumpling
Coconut & sweet potato cake
Coconut & sweet potato cake
Dried shrimp & radish pastry
Dried shrimp & radish pastry
Walnut puff
Walnut puff
We just can't get enough!
We just can’t get enough!
Lotus chocolates
Lotus chocolates
Creamy and spicy! Great combination
Creamy and spicy! Great combination

Lotus also provides specialty tea brand to complement our high tea experiences.

Tea selection at Lotus
Tea selection at Lotus
Deciding our tea for the day
We were deciding our tea for the day

The service at Lotus was very pleasant and we also enjoyed the music played there. The high tea dining experience was the highlight for our Sydney visit this time. We would love to go back and have dinner at Lotus. Don’t forget to book a table!

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