I love food. Like really love food, so it’s a bit of a weird one that I’ve never blogged about food. It’s basically one of my favourite thing to do, other than playing around with my makeup! I was kindly invited by the Karbon Grill at Hilton Garden Inn at Sunderland, to taste their American style afternoon tea. If there’s food involved, you don’t have to ask me twice!
I hadn’t been to the Karbon Grill before, so I had a quick look around the restaurant and it’s lovely with a views looking over the Stadium of Light. Despite being quite near a busy road, it’s not noisy inside at all.
The food was served in elegantly prepared towers. Although there is a minimum two people sharing requirement, you each get your own towers, which is handy as you won’t be fighting over the last piece of cake! The menu for the evening was:
AMERICAN SHARING TOWER
A selection of American classics, perfect for sharing as a meal
or to complement a drink at the bar
Available from 12noon until 5pm
£14.50 per person (minimum two people sharing)
Pork and chorizo sliders
Buffalo chicken wings
Cheese and pickle bites (V)
Mini key lime pie slices
Mississippi mud cake slices
Pecan tart slices
Mini strawberry and banana milkshakes
From the savoury selection, the mini calzones were my favourite – there were two types to try from, cheese & garlic, and chorizo. I tried the cheese & garlic ones and really enjoyed them. The cheese and pickle bites were really lovely and quite filling! The two flavours really complemented each other. Lastly, I tried the Buffalo Chicken Wings, and boy did they have a kick to them! They were quite hot, but at the same time, didn’t put me off eating them. Really great flavour that packed a punch too.
Where do I start with the cakes?! Each and every one of the cakes was scrumptious. The Mississippi mud cake was gooey and moist without the sickly sweetness. The mini Key Lime pie tasted just like it should, sweet with a zesty flavour. This was definitely my favourite! The Pecan tart slice was lovely too. The best part of the sweets for me was the size of the cakes. They weren’t massive enough to make you feel bad, nor were they small enough to make you want more. I enjoyed without feeling the guilt of eating cakes.
The mini strawberry and banana milkshakes were served in the cutest little milk bottles. This really added to the personal touch, just like the personal tower. The taste was incredible, I’d be full for ages after a couple of this – they were creamy and so, SO tasty!
The experience on the whole was really pleasant for me. I loved the atmosphere and the food was delicious! I’d definitely take my friends for a birthday treat with the American Sharing Tower at the Karbon Grill. I think it’d be such a treat for anyone without a massive price tag.
Where is your favourite place to go for Afternoon Tea in the North East? Share recommendations in the comments below or tweet me @aspiring_london!