The Madame’s Tea with Champagne Veuve Clicquot

From the outside you might construe this is just a Woolahara pub with a misspelt French name, but as soon as you cross the threshold of One Moncur the fabulous line up of champagne labels winking at you from behind the huge illuminated marble top mirrored bar makes it immediately obvious you’re not in Kansas anymore Toto – this is a Centennial park-side slice of champagne heaven (and yes they do cater for take-away picnics too).

With 30 different champagnes on offer by the bottle (of which half dozen by the glass from grower to grande maison – $18 – $25) Sydney’s answer to New York’s Flute champagne speakeasy is certainly a welcome effervescent addition to Sydney’s vibrant small bar scene. A concise bar menu includes tasty charcuterie share plates from Victor Churchill and Sydney Rock oysters from the Clyde River, but since the recent arrival of French chef Sebastian Curd (ex Steel and Pony), despite the non-existent kitchen space, the food offering has gone up a gear and this bar definitely has the potential to become a signature local dining destination. Take a pew along the elegant length of this stylish marble bar, nestle discreetly in a semi-enclosed booth or, if you’re in a gang, huddle comfortably around the private dining top table at the back end of this elongated dining space. There’s something to suit every palate and its wallet – and the natives are all friendly here.

Tasty well-prepared small dishes (available for lunch and dinner Thursday to Sunday) include scallops, seared sliced wagu, marbled beef carpaccio and house-cured salmon (all under $20) but I really came to test-drive One Moncur’s new champagne high tea (available from Friday – Sunday 12 – 5pm).

Accompanied by a selection of twelve different loose leaf teas, One Moncur’s afternoon tea includes finger sandwiches, scones, cakes and macaroons. The lemon herb butter adds a modern twist to the classic cucumber sandwich and the vanilla pods in the chantilly cream served with the scones are also a nice touch. Teetotal version is reasonably priced at $39 per person – but why come to a champagne bar if not to take advantage of fabulous bubbles to add extra pop to your high tea experience?

The Madame’s Tea Menu

Blue swimmer crab, lime, shallots and coriander mayonnasie

‘Classic’ cucumber with lemon herb butter

Poached chicken breast, almonds, creme fraiche and avocado

Scones with organic strawberry conserve and chantilly cream

Selection of fruit muffins and macarons

Served with a glass of NV Champagne Veuve Clicquot $59 per person.

What’s more since One Moncur offer different styles of champagne by the glass,  I was also able to match a different champagne to each tier of of The Madame’s Tea Menu – needless to say the results were sensational and I will be back for dinner soon.

Champagne Dame Jayne Powell's version of One Moncur The Madame's Tea

If you go:

One Moncur High Tea is available Friday – Sunday 12 – 5pm.

Priced rom $39 – $59 per person, bookings essential Tel 02 93630510 or visit www.onemoncur.com.au

 

 

 

 

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