Tucked away high above Market Street in Sydney’s CBD, you’d be forgiven for not knowing where the Swissotel Sydney is. Pass through the easily missed door at street level and ride the escalator to the eighth floor and a whole big open hotel world awaits. The Crossroads Bar, in front of the hotel reception, is the main hub and acts as a bar and all day dining venue. It’s open and bright, helped by a sizeable chunk of floor to ceiling windows that overlook Market Street. The tables by the window are very popular and if you miss out on one of these there are also several intimate pods (the modern day booths) to sit at. It’s Monday afternoon and very busy with many customers enjoying High Tea, so I have a more than expected wait for both service and my scones. I can’t help but notice that my Devonshire Tea looks more Oriental than English and I am half expecting a set of chopsticks to be presented. The plain and sultana scones are both small, and exceptionally crusty on the outside with not much on the inside. There is also an aftertaste that reminds me of pancakes made from premixed batter. The jam is a little runny and the cream, said to be ‘Sydney organic honey cream’, although lovely, I can’t quite taste the difference to plain whipped cream.
Tea: A variety of Sir Thomas Lipton loose-leaf teas served in a heavy pot.
Overall: A respite from the hustle and bustle of Sydney’s CBD.
Location: Swissotel Sydney, 68 Market St Sydney NSW 2000 Ph: 02 9238 8888
Reviewed in August, 2013