review: Michelle Milton
High Tea Society had the pleasure of taking high tea (afternoon tea) at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Melbourne. As the name of the hotel suggests this is a grand experience offering a modern high tea.
The high tea begins with a cake stand of sandwiches and cakes with tea and coffee, followed by a desert buffet that presents a wide range of amazing deserts, chocolate, macaroons and toffee apples, a chef preparing fresh waffles and an ice cream counter. We felt like children let loose in Willey Wonka’s Chocolate Factory – this is a naughty food heaven.
The quality of the food was very good. The air dried Wagyu beef and rocket finger sandwiches are a treat. The range of desserts and slices to select from is wide.
Finger sandwiches: Air dried Wagyu and rocket, smoked salmon and cucumber and egg and cress
Desserts/slices: opera slice, flourless chocolate cake, pistachio slice, Baileys cheesecake, strawberry mousse cake, berry crumble, creme brulee and macarons
The scones are a recipe from executive Chef Peter Dixon’s grandmother, who was from the Scottish highlands – this is her original recipe. Served with Lyndall Vandenberg jams and preserves from Mildura
Coffee, hot chocolate and tea.
The tea selection is from T2 and includes: Black Tea – English Breakfast; Earl Grey; Darjeeling; White Tea – Pai mu tan; Green Tea – Sencha; China Jasmine; Marrakech; Tisane – Chamomile; Lemongrass & Ginger and Peppermint
Located in the refurbished Collins Kitchen, the restaurant has a stylish and modern design with warm low lighting, the private glass booths overlooking Russell Street offer privacy. Guests are encouraged to view the food preparation in the open-plan kitchen.
The high tea is served with simple white fine bone china on wooden table tops. The tea offered is a wide selection from T2. The all-you-can-eat desert buffet is popular with the kids, creating a bustling family atmosphere.
The wonderful food (and there’s a lot of it!) makes high tea at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne very good value.
Grand Hyatt Melbourne
123 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Cost: Monday – Friday $35, Saturday – Sunday $52 which includes a glass of sparkling wine and an extended dessert buffet.
When to go: Monday – Friday 2:30-5pm, Sunday 3-5pm
Bookings: 03 9653 4831 or email: [email protected]