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Published June 27th 2017
Enjoy the finer things in life at the Mayfair Hotel
Adelaide is spoilt for choice with a number of elegant hotels scattered throughout the city, but nothing quite like the iconic and sophisticated Mayfair Hotel that was established in 2015.
If you're looking for a hotel that boasts class and glamour throughout, and in any way possible, Mayfair Hotel is your go-to spot. As soon as I walked into their warm and inviting lobby, Hindley Street and the busy King William felt like a world away. All the hustle and bustle simply disappeared and I was immersed into a place that resembled those chic New York or London town boutique hotels you read about, but can't find in South Australia.
Luckily, I had the pleasure of indulging in the hotel's' high tea experience, that was by far, the best I've had in Adelaide. It wasn't just the food, but every single detail that won me over and had me gleaming in awe. Waiting to be seated outside of the beautifully decorated space of the Mayflower Restaurant, I could smell an incredible floral scent that filled the room and created a relaxing ambience, as though the cold and gloomy weather outside didn't even exist. To my surprise, I discovered that Chanel No.5 is actually extracted through the heating vents, to add to the overall luxe feel of the hotel.
As we were guided to our table, I was stunned by the setting laid out for us on this lazy Sunday afternoon that couldn't be spent any better. Soft sounds of piano flowed in the background and the decor combined a sleek contemporary quality with a classic and antique style edge. Vibrant yet refined paintings against the restaurant walls heightened this fusion between the old and the new. The Gothic exterior of the building has not only been revamped and contrasted inside into a totally modern aesthetic, but has also been preserved through the old-world feel in the vintage mirrors, teaware, Wedgewood china and impeccable service that takes you back to the times when the guest was the focus (a little hard to come by these days).
We were treated to Chandon champagne or the choice of upgrading to the Moet Chandon for a little extra - a good idea if you have a special occasion like a bridal shower, Mother's Day lunch, or any other event you'd like to go all out on. I opted for the non-alcoholic cocktail/smoothie that was better than just your average virgin drink. It can get frustrating just ordering bottled juice, water or soft drink when you don't consume alcohol, so it was refreshing to be offered a proper mixed mocktail with fresh fruit, natural yoghurt and other delicious ingredients meant to resemble a pina colada (except it was much better).
Sipping on our cool beverages, our tier of five appetising savoury and decadent sweet canapes arrived, and I could instantly smell the hearty ingredients like the spicy pork sausage rolls that were the perfect way to warm up. These tasty gems comprised soft and flavoursome pork mince infused with herbs and encrusted into a thick and flaky pastry, which had me wanting more.
Another highlight of the high tea was the interesting take on a petite sandwich, which instead was made from pumpkin, making the bread orange and amber in colour. With a deceiving appearance, it was robust in flavour and technique, sitting so delicately onto the tier. The other options were equally as scrumptious, such as the smoked salmon and creme fraiche bites that are always a good addition to any high tea. Likewise, a pumpkin tart topped with a drop of goats curd and pumpkin seeds was another highlight, as was the croissant filled with ham and cheese - a simple classic that can do no wrong.
The sweeter options had me at hello, especially the macarons, and mango and chocolate cake, garnished with fresh flowers that won my taste buds over. The top tier also included strawberries dipped in white chocolate and a delectable blueberry and lemon curd tart that was flaky on the outside, but oozing soft on the inside. Overall, all the options were unique in their own way and offered an abundant variety of flavour, texture and ingredients that weren't monotonous or cliche.
After ordering a hot cappuccino and slipping into a food coma, a dessert trolley buffet showcasing a selection of the restaurant's' finest French signature gateaux, pastries and tarts arrived at our table. They were exquisitely presented, and drool worthy from first sight. The dessert trolley has something for everyone - whether you're a chocolate lover or more of a sponge and cream person, you'll find something to suit here. You can upgrade to this option for $10 extra, which is worth it, considering that some cakes alone at other cafes can be the same price.
As we sipped on our coffees, reflecting on the sumptuous treats we indulged in, while wallowing in every detail surrounding us, we really didn't want to leave and return back to reality. The Mayflower Restaurant staff went above and beyond to make our experience as special as possible, attending to us on a regular basis and ensuring our time at Mayfair Hotel was not only enjoyable, but memorable.
If you're interested in booking a high tea at Mayfair Hotel, they offer two packages - Sparkling High Tea for $49 or the Champagne High Tea for $59. Other options like the dessert trolley are not included in the price. You can make a booking by heading to their website, where you can also email any inquiries regarding the high tea, or to organise group bookings.