Review by Christine Milton
The Perth Hyatt offers an afternoon tea in their Cafe Restaurant, which is a gastronomic delight. Set in a contemporary decor, a warm cosy ambience permeates the setting, which is ideal for afternoon tea.
As explained by the staff, afternoon tea offered is a semi buffet style, tea and sandwiches are served to your table and the extensive sweets buffet is open for you to explore. The sandwiches consisted of a choice of five different fillings as well as a wholemeal or white bread option. Beverages offered were unlimited tea and coffee, pre made and served from a large tea/coffee pot by the waitstaff.
The dessert bar caters for an array of tastes. Numerous savoury pastries are available, plus fresh scones warmed on a griddle and accompanied by a choice of three fruit laden jams and double cream. Fruit tarts, cream cakes, shooter deserts and fresh fruit and nuts continue to tantalise the taste buds.
Because the Cafe afternoon tea is very popular, and appeared to be the setting for many family birthday celebrations, you may find yourself sitting in the Atrium adjoining the Cafe. This is not altogether a bad thing, what it lacks in cosiness, it gains in the light music played on the grand piano.
The tables don’t have tablecloths, this is in keeping with the ‘contemporary’ decor. There were nice white fabric napkins and the cups of a fine china, were large enough for a decent cup of tea. Although, because the tea was made and served to all tables, it tasted rather stewed and was a bit on the cool side, but a pot of hot water was delivered when requested. There was no choice of tea and it was served in a pot with tea bags hanging out.
Because it is a licensed facility, there is the option to buy wine or champagne to accompany your afternoon tea.
Summary: A good value for money high tea because of the extensive choice on the buffet. The staff friendliness and knowledge was exceptional.
Location: Hyatt Regency Perth, 99 Adelaide Terrace, Perth, WA, Australia
When: Saturday and Sunday 3–5pm
Bookings: 08 9225 1234