InterContinental Adelaide High Coffee

Disclaimer: I was invited to try the High Coffee at Intercontinental Adelaide with food and drinks provided for free for C and I. 

I grew up in Adelaide but I have never set foot in the InterContinental Adelaide – there hasn’t been any reason for me to. That was until recently when I was invited to try the High Coffee (yes, you read right). The High Coffee is like a degustation where you are presented with drinks to complement the food – you can really see the care in detail when designing the menu.

intercontinental adelaide high coffee espresso martini

Starting off with an espresso martini that was bitter and alcoholic with a hint of sweetness at the end. This was paired with the savories and surprisingly with it’s strong, distinct taste it didn’t dominate the other flavours. I’m pretty bad with alcohol so I found this too alcoholic but C loved it so much that this was the highlight out of the whole High Coffee.

intercontinental espresso martini

Espresso Martini

The first tire was filled with delicious sandwiches which was what we started off with.

intercontinental adelaide high tea

I’m going to start with my favourite sandwich which was the wagyu beef, cucumber relish and watercress. The panini was sooo amazing with a crunchy crust and fluffy bread center. Soft wagyu was drizzled well with the cucumber relish that tasted like aioli.

wagyu beef, cucumber rellish and watercress panini

Wagyu beef, cucumber relish and watercress panini

smoked salmon on rye with mascarpone and preserved lemon

Smoked salmon on rye with mascarpone and preserved lemon

Juicy roasted chicken, soft avocado and sundried tomato all wrapped up in a linseed roll was so tasty. You can taste the freshness of the ingredients :)

roasted chicken avocado with semi dried tomato linseed oil

Roasted chicken avocado with semi dried tomato linseed oil

Guess what? The top tier isn’t done yet because along came more savouries – pies and quiche!

pie and quiche

Beef and burgundy pie and proscuitto and green asparagus quiches

Next was another drink – the cafe freddo which is like a DIY iced coffee. It comes with a shot of spiced sugar syrup and a jug of milk where you can make your iced coffee to whatever you want.

cafe freddo

Cafe Freddo

Green apple sorbet with real bits of green apple came next to cleanse our palates and to ready us for our next course: desserts!

green apple sorbet

Green Apple Sorbet

The first round of desserts was a chocolate and espresso crepes and Belgian waffles that was covered with a coffee sauce which went well with it. That waffle are what dreams are made of – super crispy outside that gave a crunch with each bite (you guys know I love my waffles crunchy :D).

chocolate and espresso crepes and belgian waffles

Chocolate and espresso crepes and Belgian waffles

This dish also came with a jar of creme brulee where a slight crack into the thin caramelized layer gave way to a cinnamon and ginger infused cream that was slightly thick. At this point I was packed to the brim where all the desserts started to taste the same but I still had to keep going.

Infused cinnamon and ginger chocolate creme brulee

Infused cinnamon and ginger chocolate creme brulee

More coffee!

mocha and flat white

Mocha and Flat White

The pastry of the eclairs was so fresh with a slight crunch on the outside that gave way to the salted caramel and espresso bavarois cream filling.
salted caramel and espresso bavarois cream eclairs

Salted caramel and espresso bavarois creme Eclairs

Hazelnut crunch was a square of layered cake with a dollop of hazelnut cream; topped elegantly with a square of chocolate. It tasted a bit like ferrero rocher – what’s not to like? :D

hazelnut crunch

Hazelnut Crunch

A cute dollop of slightly torched meringue with Bailey’s cream and candy macadamia. The buttery pastry was crumbly and fresh where the candy macadamia brought out a sweet nuttiness.

meringue with bailey's cream with candy macadamia

Meringue with bailey’s cream with candy macadamia

Last but not least is the wattleseed macaron – not much to fault with these macarons with a crisp shell that broke into a creamy coffee curd center.

wattleseed macaron with coffee curd

Wattleseed macaron with coffee curd

I love how all these dishes have coffee incorporated into it. This had the most amazing service where our waiter guided us throughout the meal. He would tell us how to eat it and how each element of the dish fits together to match the coffee and the theme. It’s not only good food but a great experience because of the service – just something special that would make a good  gift for a couple :) For more info you can check out the menu, contact and prices by clicking here.

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Disclaimer: I was invited to try the High Coffee at Intercontinental Adelaide with food and drinks provided for free for C and I. 

3 comments for “InterContinental Adelaide High Coffee

  1. May 27, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Espresso martini? Hello! Shame there are no scones but I like that they don’t skimp on the savouries here.

    • May 30, 2015 at 9:42 am

      They have the scones in the high tea option but that would have been a lovely addition here. Yeah I was so surprised how filling those sandwiches and rolls were (or maybe that was the milk from the 3 coffees haha).

  2. June 2, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Woohoo, love all that’s included in the setup. Infused cinnamon and ginger chocolate creme brulee looks pretty interesting for our palate..mmm!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

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