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Oozing decadence and good times the cheese high tea is back
The Westin Melbourne's popular High Cheese has returned for winter, dishing up its cheesy take on High Tea in collaboration with the fabulous cheese mongers Maker & Monger.
Launched for the first time in June 2018, High Cheese was set to conclude at the end of August last year but the bookings just kept on coming.
There was a stampede, not just of locals but also tourists, so the cheesey high tea was extended until Christmas. Over 5,000 booked in to experience this cheesy delight.
So many said 'cheese please' that the High Cheese returns in 2019 running from the 24th May until the end of August.
But if you managed to get a spot last year, don't worry as there are exciting new dishes to refresh the much-loved favourites from last year.
The Westin Melbourne Executive Chef, Michael Greenlaw has worked alongside Anthony Femia, the acclaimed cheesemonger and owner of Maker & Monger at the Prahran Market, to create a menu worthy of all the salivating, cravings and high expectations.
You are for three tiers of pure cheese decadence. The menu includes a deliciously gooey Baked Normandy Camembert aux Calvados, served with lavosh.
There's Black Truffle, porcini and walnut layered Brie Fermier la Tremblaye; Swiss Gruyere Vieux Gougères with burnt green leek; and Marcel Petite Comté Réservation custard tarts, to name a few.
Unique ingredients are sourced not only from the Yarra Valley but scoured from as far away as a small pocket in Normandy.
High tea wouldn't be high tea without sweets so come for the poached French pear with stracciatella, fresh honeycomb and a smoked macadamia crumble; or the Ruby chocolate parfait with Brillat Savarin frais and raspberry jam.
Match your cheese with the perfect glass of wine, with Bellingham Estate Pinot Gris, Jack Rabbit Pinot Noir and Kay Brothers Hillside Shiraz, on offer. Or opt for a glass of Moet & Chandon Imperial NV.
I hadn't been to the Westin until recently when I dropped in for a drink. I must say it is ultra-stylish and offers impeccable service. Have your photo taken in front of the stunning staircase and enjoy the plush seating and door-opening service. It is lovely to feel so spoilt.
High Cheese will be served in the hotel's signature restaurant, Allegro, every evening from 5pm and in the Lobby Lounge on weekends from 11am to 4pm.
Priced at $70 per person, including free-flowing coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Wine pairings are also available from an additional $15 a glass.
Reservations are essential and bookings can be made by calling The Westin Melbourne on 03 9635 2222 or by clicking here.
We are blessed with unique high teas in Melbourne at this time of year. I recently also attended a unique Asian inspired one at Sofitel that perfectly complements the Terracotta Warriors exhibition at the NGV. This one has solid chocolate warriors that you get to paint from the fountains of coloured chocolate paint. For more information on this great family high tea, click here.