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Published November 11th 2015
It was a classic Saturday on the Brasserie's river view terrace as I joined the line of Brisbanites, all equally eager for our chocolate-coated experience. The Stamford Plaza lobby was abuzz with people both hot and hungry, awaiting delectable fulfilment through the air-conditioned doors. My espadrilles were hidden behind the length of a long white skirt, equally flattering and necessarily stretchy for what I soon intended to indulge.
The buffet counters were a vision. Strewn with all things Christmas, the festive silver and blue colour arrangement was both elegant and humble. Fighting a sensory overload, I was escorted to my table.
Arguably what was the best table overlooked the marvel that was the Brisbane River. The undeniably unique view was a panorama from the Story Bridge to Kangaroo Point's Cliffs, ending at the City Botanic Gardens. This popular summer haven catered to many weekend bridal parties, casual corporate meetings, girls' weekends and birthday celebrations, uniting all of Brisbane's chocolate enthusiasts. It was on Saturday that I wholeheartedly embraced the return of Brisbane's summer.
Then came the buffet: chocolate cakes, a chocolate fountain, chocolate by itself, chocolate in other things, chocolate on this, chocolate on that. That which wasn't pure chocolate was a range of savoury items that were made to perfectly complement a plate dripping with chocolate, including gourmet finger sandwiches and quiche. I accompanied my meal with a well-needed coffee while others chose to uphold the true tradition of Devonshire with a delightful tea selection.
What can be said about Stamford Plaza's weekend chocolate high tea is that it is a must for all Brisbanites. I will undoubtedly return with a growling stomach to satisfying my ever-growing craving for the simplistic goodness of chocolate while experiencing the unique and sensational view of the Brisbane River.