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Cross Bar at Swissotel

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Isms, 2 other friends and I headed to Crossroads Bar at Swissotel on Saturday. Ready for a good feast, I went in to check for my reservations.

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I was told they were unable to find my name for party of 4, that I personally made on Tuesday via phone.

Though they gave me a table of 4 after the mess up, since they had an spare table. They did not even apologise.

The spread was small and sad, nothing extremely exciting or to shout about. It was nothing like what GrabYourFork made out to be, nor did her photos match up to what we saw.

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The Mini creme brulees weren’t sweet enough, you might as well label it steam egg. The coconut cake was pretty decent but after 1 mouth full the magic just faded. The chocolate with the tooth pick was extremely weird for me, it was liquid lemon mint… isms liked it. Everything else on the plate was just so-so.

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The only highlight for me for the chocolate fountain, chocolate coating marshmallow after marshmallow… strawberry after strawberry… but this plate after plate dream would be disturbed by a waitress… it happened when I was doodling with the chocolate talking to Isms and waiting to head up for our next wave. The waitress came and made a remark to clear the dishes, “can I clear your plate, or would you like to continue doodling?” to me that was very rude… I would do what ever I want to do with that chocolate on my plate. What else is an artist to do while waiting. Even worst, the strawberries had ran out and they did not even bother to replenish it.

So overall it was extremely disappoint for me and isms. I went to refresh myself after the meal and left isms to settle the bill.

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it was 4 dollars more then the advertised price. $29 a head…

Leaving the building, I disappointingly took a photo of the advert hanging at the Swissotel’s window.

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Saturday and Sunday 2p.m – 4p.m
$25.00 per person or $32.50 per person with a glass of sparkling wine on arrival.

Verdict: 3 out of 10 damns
Most points went out of the window because of it’s lousy service.
Extremely sad experience, will never go there unless its free.
It wasn’t worth the $29 or the magically claimed “$25”

High tea at Crossroads Bar
Swissotel Sydney
Level 8, 68 Market Street, Sydney(above Myer)
Tel: +61 (02) 9238 7088


August 20, 2006 - Posted by | 3 Damns, Cakes, Chocolate, High tea, Hotel, Sweet stuff, Sydney


  1. Hi! My friends and I are planning a high tea at the moment, thanks to your review we definitely won’t be going to Swissotel.

    We’re thinking of the Victoria Room at Darlinghurst, I’ll write a post about it afterwards. Oddly VR advertises its high tea at $25 and $35 plus Sunday surcharge – even though it only serves high tea on Sunday. Weird.

    Comment by activeprocrastination | August 22, 2006

  2. Hi again.

    Had High Tea at the Victoria Room today. It was quite nice. I’ve put up a review – although it’s not as comprehensive as yours! I don’t think I’d rush back but that’s more so because I’m generally not a High Tea person.

    Look forward to more of your food stories.

    Comment by activeprocrastination | September 3, 2006

  3. argh!

    Comment by Marcio | March 1, 2008

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