Recently, I was lucky enough to take my Mum out and be treated to a High Tea at Agave Restaurant at Castaway’s. As we entered the restaurant our gaze was instantly drawn to the views of the mighty cliffs and ocean waves below. We were seated at a table overlooking the beach, and despite the rain outside, we were all kept warm from the fire.
Having been to Karioitahi many times during the summer, but never having been to Castaway’s myself, it was nice to experience what they had to offer and understand why they are an award-winning organisation.
We took a sneak peek of the main events area to see where 50 to 100 couples marry each year. With the new outdoor decking area, and private dining deck where several others were also enjoying a High Tea, it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular spot.
Back at our table, our waiter took our drink orders and promptly returned. Three of us chose the bubbles, while one enjoyed a hot coffee.
Then it was time for the main attraction. The High Tea was brought out on a three tiered iron-wrought stand. The bottom tier was filled with savoury delights, the top two with sweet treats.
The menu beside us told the ten items on display. We munched on the savoury options first. Cucumber sandwiches, smoked chicken and mango tartlets, and the wild mushroom and brie arancini ball were among some of the favourites. I have to admit, I’m not a mushroom fan at all, but in the spirit of giving everything a try, I ate and enjoyed it, one just wasn’t enough.
We then moved on to the sweet items, the scones were a definite favourite, freshly baked, with generous portions of cream and jam to heap on. The brownie was another favourite at our table, and we learnt, a favourite for customers in general, as it is one of the longstanding and non-changing items on the Agave restaurant menu. And after savouring several bites I could understand what all the hype was about. The crunch of the chocolate pieces and the soft consistency resulted in heaven in a brownie.
The top tier included tasty salted caramel eclairs, mini lemon tarts and a berry mousse shooter, something that I had spied while another group had their High Tea and had been wanting to try ever since. It didn’t disappoint.
There was such a range of items for everyone to enjoy, and with plenty to taste it was easy to snack on the ones you enjoyed most.
If you haven’t been out for a High Tea before and need a local getaway with your friends, why not try High Tea at Castaways Resort. Be gobsmacked with the beautiful views, gorgeous presentation and delicious food they have to offer.
Castaways Resort runs High Tea from 3pm to 4.30pm each Sunday.
Price: $35 for High Tea / $42 for Sparkling High Tea.
To book visit www.castaways.co.nz