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Published October 16th 2018
A feast for taste buds
High Tea at Collins Kitchen at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne is not an every day or weekly activity which makes it even more special. So find a reason to celebrate, whether it's a friend visiting from overseas or interstate, a long-overdue catch-up or a birthday, anniversary or any other cause for a special occasion and treat yourself to this lovely and very delicious afternoon tea. You won't be disappointed.
At $75 per head (including a glass of bubbles), it is at the pricey end of high teas but you certainly walk away with a sense of not just having satisfied your stomach and taste buds but also a sense of a well-being, slowing down time and celebrating with people you love. With beautiful plates and cups by Cristina Re and a dessert buffet with works of art, this high tea is certainly special.
You cannot rush an afternoon tea, you have to savour, sip, talk, savour and sip some more and enjoy the ambience. Starting off with a tiered offer of small dainty savouries, tiny puff creations, little onion tarts, crab buns and the traditional sandwiches accompanied by a welcoming (and very welcome) glass of Chandon NV Sparkling Brut, you begin to relax into the experience. But be warned, there is lots more to come so pace yourself and perhaps leave a few of something behind so that you are ready for the next two stages.
The next stop is the hot buffet, a tempting array of traditional afternoon tea fare as well as more innovative selections from Asian and Italian cuisine, all in perfect small sizes. There is something for every palate. The small sizes of all the food are ideal for being able to taste everything on offer and not feeling like a glutton when you arrange these on your plate. And you can always go for a second helping.
Busy chefs preparing all those tasty morsels for you
The last part of the afternoon tea and perhaps the most visually appealing and tempting is the dessert buffet. Those tiny delectable sweet nothings (well not really if you were to go into the calorie count but who does that on occasions such as this?) invite photo taking and salivating at the same time. The dessert chefs create colourful works of art that you can eat. You almost feel guilty for disturbing the displays and destroying the arrangements when you cut into a piece of cake. It is at this stage you wish that you hadn't eaten as much before this last stage or that you had the ability to eat more than you actually can. Scones and tea and coffee, the staple of afternoon teas are of course available throughout the afternoon. There is also fruit ice cream and gelato, just in case you still have room.