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Classical Afternoon Tea
My Sydney friends came to Melbourne on their weekend getaway few days ago. They fell in love with the city all over again. “Melbourne sure is the best city to live in.” they remarked.
During their visit they were introduced to their first ever high tea. I decided to take them to Windsor considering it to be the best classical English style afternoon tea in Melbourne.
My first Windsor experience was during the jubilee season for which the hotel presented a complete different dessert range and an additional tier of hot savouries.
This time was a bit more simpler with fluffy fruit scones, wide variety of delicate finger sandwiches and a divine range of dessert selection, which included the best strawberry mille feuille I’ve ever tasted and a dark chocolate sacher torte with golden leaf sprinkle. Presentation, texture and the taste were excellent and flawless. My friends had a wonderful first impression of high tea and I have no hesitation to return again.
This has been a charity weekend for Melbourne dedicated to fighting deadly cancers. With Run for Melbourne coming up on Sunday I decided to go ahead and indulge the day before. High Tea Party has particularly launched this event in the big cities of Australia to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
The success of this event amongst women was evident in its spectacular scenery of mums and girlfriends travelling miles as an excuse for this gorgeous catch up. The large hall of the Park Hyatt ground floor and up was filled with boutique stalls and pamper stations, enough to fill the one hour gap between our arrival and the high tea seating.
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When the time arrived for the seating, we were led inside the dim lit ballroom and set on a private table set for just the two of us that had an amazing view of the stage. We were impressed with how much organisation has gone to this event: The high tea goodie bag filled with girls’ essentials and vouchers, the atmosphere, prizes and the highlight of the event, the fashion parade.
You always try to see the perfection within the imperfection. However, in honesty…
Food was average compared to many high tea places I’ve been to. The sandwiches were a little dry, understandably from the amount of places they had to serve up in a short period of time. Scones were too tiny to be fluffy but the jam conservatives and the bountiful serving of freshly whipped cream made up for it. The only dessert I happily finished was the purple coloured macaron with a vanilla flavour in the centre.
There were all sorts of cold beverages placed on the table remaining in their original bottles and cans which brought down the quality of the afternoon tea. It did not help that only one type of tea was served with no teapot to refill our cups.
Highlight: The fashion parade!
Despite the criticisms, I would love to come back here again because it was the most entertaining high tea event I’ve been to. The cost of the event was $100 pp but look out for great online deals on Groupon or Livingsocial as they bring it down close to $75 pp. We were expecting this to be similar to The Hour of Tea as it was in the same price range, but this event was above our expectation with much more satisfaction gained out of the experience provided and the fact that it was for a great cause.
Asked by itstopsyturvylinkin
Hey! Well when you enter the hotel, turn right at the corridor and you will see the sign afternoon tea in front of a big door to the left side of the room. It is very hard to miss. If you have a seat in the concierge area and wait around someone will eventually call out something like “next seating for the afternoon tea” and lead you in. Hope this helps!
Mother’s day high tea
I came across an article in the mx today that asked me “So.. What do you have up your sleeve for this Mother’s day?”, a tradition that is gradually fading away due to the hectic lifestyle we are living in according to the article. The weekday leading up to this special day has definitely been hectic for me. Instead of planning something special for my own mother, I’ve been organising for mothers. A first time event coordinated by a group of dedicated staff and patisserie chefs of Cupcake Central, hosting the special Mother’s Day High Tea. Traditional English style afternoon tea? Cupcake Central begged to differ. It was a retro style “Walk in VIP only” dining catering the opposite of Low Tea, leaving a deep impression with a wooden board, their distinct Tiffany-like colour teacup and saucer, creating a non-uptight atmosphere surrounded by fresh cupcakes and quirky-giant-wooden-things with friendly waiting staff attentively treating you to a lovely occasion.
The quality of the dining was above expectation for $49pp and I must say the desserts were their forté, with experienced French speaking patisserie chef Daniel behind the scenes. The freshness of the baked delights? It is the law of Cupcake Central to bake FRESH everyday!
Dessert highlights included: Rosewater meringue that accentuated the rose flavour very nicely, mouthwatering chocolate brownies, divine mint chocolate mousse in shot glasses, bite-sized fresh fruit custard tart, French macarons and finally their very own baby Banofee and Creme Brûlée babycakes.
Out of the savouries the two different flavoured mini quiches blew me away.
Hot beverages were unlimited and it seemed like they went all out on the sparkly Shiraz!
Definitely recommended for mothers and children who are looking for an affordable fine dining experience with a warm fuzzy feeling added.
Thank you Kryselda for being with me throughout the journey in organising this high tea event, Thin and Sheryl for giving me this opportunity, Anna for being my mother for the day to attend this high tea with me, Alyce for entertaining us and looking after us so attentively during the high tea session and finally, Daniel the head patisserie chef for the cutting edge desserts and fine food.
If you can get high you can get low. This wasn’t just another high tea event I went to,yet literally the opposite. The “Low Tea” event was held on 9th of April to celebrate Cupcake Central’s Highpoint Grand Opening. My Cupcake Central workmates and our exclusive VIP guests were taken back to the 70s in an American diner style bar with everything mini: hot dogs, waffle fries, pulled pork sliders, bite sized apple pies, tacos and our not-to-be-missed cupcakes. The groovy old diner was filled with satisfied faces swaying to the cruisin’ live music and socialising their good old beer away. I must say, my workplace sure knows how to spice things up!
"Hi! I saw your review of the Windsor Hotel high tea and I was just wondering, for a booking of two is it one ‘tier’ of food to share? Thanks!"
Hopefully you read this. I wasn’t able to reply you directly through the private message for some reason so I’m replying through my blog. Most high tea places usually provide one ‘tier’ of food with plenty on the plate for two to share. My friend and I weren’t even close to finishing it. Hope this helps!
I had no idea what Josh had up his sleeve. It’s only Valentine’s day right? Thoughtful love letter, beautiful yellow roses and Tiffany earrings were more than I’ve ever expected.
But what’s more? He took me to a surprise dinner date at a French restaurant called Bistro Vue.
This restaurant had the perfect romantic ambience that served a special Valentine’s day classic French four course menu accompanied by matching French champagnes and wines.
The place felt as if there was going to be at least one marriage proposal popping up on one of the tables. The restaurant was filled with couples on their romantic dinner dates, waiters explaining the dishes with a strong French accent and the ambience that set the right mood for the perfect intimate dining experience.
The night was perfect. Best Valentine’s day I’ve ever had and I would like to thank my boyfriend Josh for everything and for loving me unconditionally.
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