We were kindly invited along to sample the American style afternoon tea at The Karbon Grill restaurant situated inside The Hilton Garden Inn, Sunderland which is adjacent to the Stadium of Light, Sunderland Football Grounds.
Upon arriving at the Hilton garden I was pleasantly surprised to see how beautifully modern and stylish the interior was, open and spacious with a real touch of elegance this would be the ideal place to stay if visiting Sunderland for a city centre location.
We were shown to a large table set out for all of the North East Bloggers in attendance and served Banana & Strawberry milkshake which was so thick I don’t even think would have worked it way up a straw! The shake was more of a smoothie or yogurt and the second round was a little thinner which was easier to drink!
The afternoon tea was brought out typical cake stands then positioned for us all to take photographs etc before large platters were presented for us to sample the foods. On the top tier was the Pork and Chorizo Burger, Buffalo Chicken wing and Spicy Sauce. I don’t handle things well when it comes to heat so I took one bite of the Buffalo chicken wing and hid under the table! WOW! If you like spicy foods then these are for you, most of the girls around me ate them with gusto so I think it may just be that I am a huge wimp!! lol The pork and chorizo sliders were amazing…and I may have had more than one… (not all of those on the plate though…just an additional one!) lol
Tier two was Cheese and Pickle Bites and Mini Calzone with a a dish of tomato relish. The cheese and pickle bites were my favourite and tasted a little like macaroni cheese coated in breadcrumb, the pickle did not have a tang like that of the sandwich variety but more of a sweet, crunchy compliment to the smooth cheese!
The bottom tier had a slice of Key Lime Pie, Pecan Pie and Mississippi Mud Pie. My absolute favourite was the Key Lime Pie, such a light tangy fresh flavour that really cleansed the palette after the tang of the pickle and heat of the chicken wings! The addition of the fresh strawberry was a lovely touch as it worked really well with the Mississippi Mud Pie!
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)
*Booking advised but not essential.
We were invited along to sample the menu for purposes of this review.