High tea is one of those things that you rarely do (at least for me) but when it does happen, it’s always a memorable one. I always feel like a little kid all dressed up and waiting for her treat. It’s like opening a treasure chest full of colourful and tasty goodies. Trying each and every one of the treats is just part of the fun.
But of course, high teas are not just about tea, there’s also adult indulgences like delicious bubblies. Who said adults can’t act like kids once in a while?
At the Westin High Tea (which was quite some time ago now so the menu has completely changed) we were given the choice of the regular menu ($49pp) or the upgraded version served with a glass of Chandon NV Brut ($59pp). Guess which one I chose? Yes I just had to have a glass of Chandon to celebrate the rare occasion.
The setting is in the lobby so it was modern and a lot more casual than some other high teas I’ve had. We all felt quite relaxed and happy.
The theme was ‘summer’ and was clearly visible from the cute little morsels like the gingerbread thongs, dark chocolate starfish with honeycomb crumble resembling sand and the flower on top of the lemon scented polenta cake. The cherry and beetroot macaron also added a pop of colour to the 3 tiered tower of goodies and the peaches and cream pannacotta with vanilla sable was a highlight. The sweet items were intricately made and tied together nicely.
Our savoury items included rare roast beef, mustard mayonnaise, cress and tomato pinwheel, the summer shrimp cocktail with iceburg lettuce and marie rose dressing, beetroot cured salmon with pickled cucumber mini bagel, petit cherry tomato tarte tartin with goats cheese and chives and the Lebanese lamb and pomegranate pie with mint yoghurt. The flavours were well balanced and not too heavy which went well with the summer theme. The prawn cocktail was especially refreshing and cleaned my palate after eating the sweet bites.
It’s always nice to mix a bit of savoury items with sweet so you don’t get overwhelmed with the burst of flavours coming at you left right and centre and I always like to start with the scones. Westin’s original vanilla and valencia and raisin scones served with fresh cream and blueberry conserve was also delicious, the scones were fluffy and the blueberry conserve wasn’t overly sweet.
I won’t go into too much detail about each item since they have all been changed to new seasonal ingredients.
A cup of good tea is essential during high tea so we each ordered our share. There was the flowering jasmine peach, the jade sword green tea, white peony white tea and many more to choose from, there’s bound to be something to suit every tastebud.
It was a great experience and I always love the social aspect of having high teas, sipping on a tea (or bubbly) and chatting away while munching on some delicious little morsels is a great way to pass time on a sunny Sunday afternoon. It might not be the cheapest meal you’ll ever have but it’s well worth it.
Lobby Lounge, Westin Melbourne
Phone: (03) 9635 2222
Address: 205 Collins St Melbourne, VIC 3000