High Tea at the Sofitel is a decadent experience. I was greeted by a wonderful French man and welcomed warmly with a glass of sparkling wine, which was wonderful on a cold Melbourne day. The High Tea is set up buffet style meaning that you can have as much as you like, unlike others where a 3 tier tray is served and food is limited. To coincide with the Napoleon exhibition at the Ian Potter Centre there is a French theme with Quiche, Beef Burgundy and a crepe station serving caramel crepes. Don't be fooled by the small servings, the food is very rich and you won't need much. I would recommend the pikelets with fruit compote and King Island cream - they are delicious.
Fruit scones are available with jam and cream along with pastries, cakes a chocolate fountain and fresh fruit. The citrus tart was delicious.
The sandwiches although nice, seemed rather delicate and my preference is to have more filling – Peter Rowland style, but overall they were tasty.
Adding to the French atmosphere was a musician playing French themed music on a piano accordion. At the conclusion a choice of tea or filtered coffee is served in beautiful Wedgewood china. This comes out in a pot and will allow about two cups each.
Coffee in Wedgewood china
Sofi's Lounge is located on level 1, 25 Collins St adjacent to the Sofitel Lobby. It is an easy walk from Parliament station. To extend the experience I recommend a trip to the Kino cinemas located just downstairs from the restaurant or even a short walk to the NGV Ian Potter Centre where the Napoleon exhibition is on. This is a fantastic ladies afternoon outing where you can dress to the 9's.
High Tea is on weekends from 2.30 pm and costs $70 per person. However if you have purchased an entertainment book from a community organisation there is a buy one get one free offer – amazing value. During the week Afternoon Tea is available which does not have the warm food options, but is only $45 per person.