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Published February 14th 2017
Your Guilty Pleasure - You Won't Believe What You Can Have
The newly launched Afternoon Tea Buffet at Little Collins St Kitchen is perfect for a weekend of indulgence. Featuring a selection of delicate La Maison du Thé teas, mounds of macarons and decadent éclairs from The Crux & Co Patisserie and of course, French Champagne, the famed Parisian tea room tradition now arrives in the heart of Melbourne on weekends from 3:00pm – 5:00pm.
For an intimate, pleasant and completely decadent afternoon tea, look no further than the new weekend buffet that has opened at the Sheraton Hotel on Little Collins Street Melbourne.
It is a relatively small, yet extremely elegant and intimate affair with beautifully appointed tables set out around a small yet completely indulgent high tea buffet.
The buffet includes a lovely selection of teas (and being quite the tea fan myself, I was eager to experience them). They did not disappoint with delicate notes and floral overtones, they really are quite special.
The finger sandwiches were elegant and freshly made, including the usual cucumber with a twist, paired with elegant brioche buns and savoury croissants to round off the savoury end of this lovely buffet, before we move on to what is arguably the most important part of a high tea - that of the desserts.
The desserts are certainly one part of this high tea that will not disappoint. Whilst you could just stroll around and take whatever tickles your fancy, I would recommend a more systematic approach. Begin your food adventure with scones and lighter desserts, before moving on to the more decadent treats and cakes.
We were presented with a range of scones that had been freshly baked that morning. The chefs offered us plain scones through to chocolate chip and even orange infused scones - of course, all served with jam and cream.
The lovely chefs will happily prepare you some beautiful crepes, including crepes suzette or perhaps caramel or chocolate crepes.
It will be difficult to decide which one of the shot glass desserts you are going to try first, with treats including fresh apricot and peach pannacotta, through to chocolate mousse or homemade trifle. Remember to make sure you leave room for the piece de resistance - the magnificent cakes.
There were so many that we wanted to try that we made a decision to get one each for our table and try a small piece of each. Deliciously, they were as decadent and most delicious as they looked.
What we love (apart from the food)
Wherever possible all of the food is sourced locally and created on site - the cakes scones are created from Crux and Co (downstairs) and many of the selections are freshly baked onsite, exclusively for the buffet high tea.
As a vegetarian, we were well catered for and although (as is usually the case) there were a few things we couldn't eat, it was still more than enough of a wonderful selection for us.
The weekend buffet high tea at the Sheraton is a relatively new affair - opening in the hopes of filling the gap that was left when the buffet at the Windsor hotel closed down on the weekends. We love supporting locals and keeping some great events in the CBD of Melbourne. Pop along and support them and fill yourself with treats as an added bonus.
Parking is really easy with a Wilsons car park directly opposite. On a weekday, get your car park validated, which will bring the cost down to around $30 or on weekends, car parking all day is only $10 per car.
Check with the hotel regarding parking, as at the time of our visit, they were discussing other options to reduce the parking cost even further.
Bookings are required and the entire menu can be found by clicking HERE or if you prefer, click HERE for the Vegetarian menu and HERE for the Gluten free menu.
Food is subject to change regularly and always something surprising and lovely on the menu.
There is a full bar if desired to add to your high tea.