High Coffee at InterContinental Adelaide

Are you after something a little different to the usual classic high tea for a leisurely afternoon feast with your family and friends? Why not head to the Atrium Lounge located in the InterContinental Adelaide for their twist on the classic High Tea, their High Coffee experience–a one of a kind in Adelaide! (Psst, the classic High Tea option is still available FYI!) The amount of caffeine throughout the experience will surely wake you up during the afternoon slump. 😉

high coffee, intercontinental adelaide

We were recently invited to try out their new High Coffee menu where we were spoilt with a multi tiered high tea platter with plenty of goodies, both savoury and sweet which were all paired with coffee beverages.

high coffee, intercontinental adelaide, Espresso martini
Espresso martini

On arrival, our palates were woken up by a refreshing and caffeinated cocktail; The Atrium Espresso Martini featuring Vittoria Single Origin estate coffee.

high coffee, intercontinental adelaide, Espresso martini

Slightly sweet and caffeinated with a creamy froth on top and a hint of booze on the palate to gear us up for the dainty delights ahead. The cold cocktail was also mostly appreciated and well savoured as we escaped the heat of 40+ degrees outside during our visit.

It didn’t take long before this tower followed suit:

high coffee, intercontinental adelaide

Our coffee journey started off with an array of savoury treats, a finely crafted sandwich selection which was then followed by some warm savoury pastries. We started at the top tier and worked our way down, but was informed that after the first tier, our warm savoury bites would soon follow out from the kitchen.

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Afternoon sandwiches

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Wagyu beef with cucumber relish and watercress on panini

Wagyu beef with cucumber relish and watercress (although it really did look like rocket leaves) was wedged between two fluffy pieces of panini bread with a slight toasty crust and sesame seeds dotted on top. Simple and satisfying although I would have preferred more relish as there wasn’t enough with each bite and the rest of the ingredients were quite dry on their own and together.

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Poached chicken with avocado and semi-dried tomato linseed wrap

The wrap was delightful with a bit of crunch and a bit of punch. Loads of fresh lettuce leaves, creamy avocado, semi dried tomato and poached chicken wrapped in a soft linseed wrap.

high coffee, intercontinental adelaide, Smoked salmon on rye
Smoked salmon on rye with mascarpone and preserved lemon

Smoked salmon is always a winner in our books. This one was no different. A punchy, salty delicate slice of smoked salmon folded on top of rye bread with a dollop of mascarpone and a smidgen of preserved lemon which enhanced the smokiness from the salmon that little bit more.

Warm flaky savouries then followed as our first tier was mopped up clean… 😛

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Perryman’s beef and burgundy pie

high coffee, intercontinental adelaide, Perryman's pie

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Prosciutto and green asparagus quiche

Five savoury bites down and we were quite satisfied and content by that point, but that was only the beginning!

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Iced coffee featuring Vittoria’s Signature Blend “Oro”, a blend of premium 100% Arabica coffees predominately from Central and South America.

Round two involved an iced coffee followed by scones.

An espresso doused in ice with a shot of sugar syrup and mini jug of milk on the side so we could tailor our iced coffee to our palates as we nursed it and leisurely enjoyed our warm afternoon sweets.

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high coffee, intercontinental adelaide, Buttermilk vanilla scones and orange ginger marmalade

A quartet of golden buttermilk vanilla scones with melty discs of butter, orange ginger marmalade and cream. Yummmmm! Now if we weren’t so full from the previous bites, we would’ve polished off our two scones each, but we only managed one each. The orange ginger marmalade packed a punch of citrus and spice of ginger, fragrant and sweet which complemented well with the cream as we slathered them on to the scones.

high coffee, intercontinental adelaide, Buttermilk vanilla scones and orange ginger marmalade

high coffee, intercontinental adelaide, Green apple sorbet
Green apple sorbet

To transition and prepare our palates onto the sweeter end of the deal, we were both presented with a palate cleanser of green apple sorbet which certainly did the trick. Cooling and refreshing. Bring on the sugar hit! 😉

high coffee, intercontinental adelaide

high coffee, intercontinental adelaide, Lemon curd and meringue baked cheesecake
Lemon curd and meringue baked cheesecake

Look at how light and fluffy this baked cheesecake looked with a glossy and smooth meringue swirl on top with a slight torch, it was paired with a sweet and tart lemon curd. So good! A light and airy start for the sweet treats ahead.

high coffee, intercontinental adelaide, Carrot and walnut cake with vanilla bean icing
Carrot and walnut cake with vanilla bean icing

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Mad Hatter

The Mad Hatter was a decadent dome of chocolate, coffee, cake and nuts and the espresso lamington was just like a good ol’ classic lamington but with a coffee twist to it–a light and fluffy sponge, covered in coffee and rolled in desiccated coconut.

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Wattleseed macarons with callebaut chocolate coffee curd

high coffee, intercontinental adelaide

To finish off our high coffee experience, we indulged in an affogato, a classic Italian dessert coffee and a favourite during the warmer months. Premium Vittoria coffee is poured over vanilla bean ice cream and dressed with amaretti biscotti crumble which was delightful and incredibly enjoyable in terms of texture and flavour!

high coffee, intercontinental adelaide

High Coffee at InterContinental Adelaide is priced at $60 per person and available daily from 12pm until 4pm.

Bookings are essential at +61 8 8238 2400, or if you’re interested in purchasing the experience as a gift voucher, you can purchase them here.

high coffee, intercontinental adelaide

Thanks for the incredible service and hospitality from the team at InterContinental Adelaide. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience from the get go as soon as we arrived at Valet Parking and made our way to The Atrium as we enjoyed our lazy afternoon overlooking the River Torrens and discovering the evolution of coffee, to the completion of our experience. An afternoon well spent and savoured!

[dbites was invited as guests to High Coffee at InterContinental Adelaide]


High Coffee at InterContinental Adelaide
North Terrace
Adelaide SA 5000
P 08 8238 2384

Opening hours
Open 7 days
High Coffee 12pm-4pm

The Atrium Lounge Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

1 comment for “High Coffee at InterContinental Adelaide

  1. December 14, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Wow -that’s quite a feast! I’m a big fan of high teas of any kind.

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