Review: High Tea at the Grand Hyatt – Melbourne


review: Michelle Milton

High Tea at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Melbourne

High Tea at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Melbourne

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.

High Tea at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Melbourne

High Tea at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Melbourne

High Tea at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Melbourne

High Tea at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Melbourne

High Tea at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Melbourne

High Tea at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Melbourne


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

High Tea at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Melbourne

High Tea at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Melbourne

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.

High Tea at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Melbourne

High Tea at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Melbourne

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]


  • Nikki says:

    been here twice for high tea – absolutely fabulous!! ENORMOUS range of scrumptious food; be prepared to roll out the door at the end of the afternoon!

  • The High Tea at the Grand Hyatt is great value and a wonderful experience.

    The food is excellent, very well presented and delicious tasting. The ambience is one of elegance and class with a touch of hustle bustle, owing to the dessert buffet!

    The setting is less formal than that of The Windsor, so OK to bring younger children without being too worried about disturbing other guests.

    I would highly recommend this experience as a great way to catch up with friends or celebrate a special occasion.

  • patricia aspros says:

    what is the cost for high tea for children

  • Stephanie Holl says:

    Am expecting to be in Melbourne first weekend in April – would like to attend Sunday afternoon High Tea at approx 3pm for 4 people – do we need to book in advance?
    Many thanks.

  • Danelle says:

    I didn’t think the Grand Hyatt was great value for a High Tea @ $35. There was too much sugar and should have had more savoury. We weren’t even given a window table for the view. Service was ok but i think it could have been better.
    Wouldn’t recommend it. Sorry. Food was nice but felt sick after a couple of cakes. Hot savoury would be nice to balance it out.

  • debbie Ziakas says:

    Just would like to know if the set price of $52.00 is the same for children.

  • Polettim says:

    Very disappointed with the food and service at  on a week day at the Grand Hyatt.  Requested gluten free ahead of time and got a serve of sandwiches but no chocolate cake and the scone substitute was a plate of very  uninspiring,  poorly presented fruit.  Had to ask twice for scones to be bought to my gluten eating friends and twice for coffees to be bought.  If you like feeling ignored and ripped off you will like the Grand Hyatt! 

  • Trish P says:

    Its high time Melbourne had somewhere to have a high tea without the highway robbery come on all you mad hatters give us a memorable event…

  • Eleanoropie says:

    I’ve been to a fair few high tea locations around Melbourne and unfortunately Collins Kitchen was really disappointing, the only time a waiter ever came to our table was to bring us our first tier of sandwiches, we had to literally get up out of our seats and chase someone down for water, tea, even to settle our bill. 

    Overall was very dissatisfied with the service we received, the food was great but not a very pleasant experience. Do yourself a favour and try one of Melbourne’s other quality high tea rooms, such as Hopetoun, The Waiting Room or my favourite The Gables in Malvern

  • Chris Haig-Smith says:

    I am a regular “high tea ” partaker, and today was my first experience at the Hyatt. Food was fresh and tasty and the scones came to the table warm from the oven.  However the service was appalling!  One small pot of tea per person,  one tiny jug of milk per person, and we had to wait interminably for a second pot.  The staff stood and chatted in a corner and  totally ignored the progress of the guests’ requirements.  Considering there were only three tables occupied the staff could have been far more professional.  Won’t be going there again!

  • Sylvianicolegilbert says:

    This is hands down the worst high tea / afternoon tea I’ve ever had . How u can make a egg sandwhich taste bad is beyond me . Nothing here is good

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