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Published December 12th 2017
Cucina On Hay offers high tea with an Italian twist
Every year, I organise a high tea for my mother and two sisters at Christmas time so we can spend some quality time together. This year, we opted for a relatively new high tea venue called Cucina on Hay, a small Italian-inspired café in the Perth CBD.
It's so new to high tea, I have deduced, that there isn't even a lot of information about it on their website yet. I had an online voucher, which is how I heard about the venue, but we decided to give it a crack.
Cucina on Hay is located on the outside of the Mercure Hotel in Perth, and while the main entry to the café is via Hay Street, you can also enter via the Mercure Hotel. We arrived slightly late as I had mistaken the Mercure hotel for another hotel in Perth and then couldn't get my bearings. They all look the same to me.
As soon as we arrived, High Tea was served to our table, which was a bit of a surprise, as usually someone will come along and take your tea or coffee order first, but no biggie – it's not like there are strict rules to the art of high tea.
As you may expect at an Italian-inspired café, the high tea was also Italian-inspired. And those Italians sure do serve some goodies – we enjoyed delectable little prosciutto finger sandwiches, mini scones with Nutella and vanilla mascarpone (not together!) plus delicious tartlets and mini bruschetta with smoked salmon, although as a salmon-dodger I avoided those at all costs.
Coffee and tea were soon served – a cappuccino for myself and my sister, and individual little teapots with milk for the rest of our party. The coffee was certainly delicious and I wouldn't hesitate to go back for a takeaway if I'm ever in that part of Perth.
While the ratio of sweets to savoury was somewhat even, I seemed to have eaten my weight in sweets by the end of the sitting. There were shiny pink macarons, mini individual Tiramisus, cannoli sicliani filled with chocolate (OMG so good) plus some amaretto biscotti that I just couldn't get enough of.
Our high tea also came with a bottle of sparkling wine – I did read on the online deal that it was supposed to be a bottle of Prosecco, but we were served a brut. Meh, I don't really drink a lot anyway so I wasn't too phased, and no one else in our party seemed too bothered.
The service was good, although our waitresses were largely busy with other customers coming in and out, but we didn't need a lot either. They did come over and ask if we wanted more tea, which we did.
Along with coffee and tea, Cucina on Hay serves a range of Italian breakfast and lunch dishes including Osso Buco and Duck Cappelletti, plus imported Italian treats and desserts.
Overall it was a lovely high tea experience for a Saturday afternoon and a wonderful way to spend time with close family or friends. If you want a high tea experience with an Italian twist, this is one to check out.