Firstly, as you walk into the venue, the ambience of W. Churchill is just beautiful, it feels warm and intimate, and the Parisian music streaming through the sound system completed the overall feeling of comfort and a relaxing atmosphere. This inclusive feeling sets the scene for a wonderful experience.
We were seated by an attentive and smiling waitress and immediately asked would we like water for our table. A menu on the table allowed us to read the drink ingredients and choose our gin cocktail or a mocktail. I choose the cocktail so that I could ease my way into my cocktail and tea experience.
Within minutes, our 3-tiered platter of finger foods arrived and also our mocktails, which I would have to say reminded me of summer days in Thailand sipping on ice-laden fruit flavoured drinks. It was a wonderful mix and I commented to my friend how nice and refreshing to the palate this drink was, and he agreed.
I was also impressed with the investment made by the bar into metal straws. It is a very environmentally conscious choice to stay away from plastic straws and did not escape my immediate notice.
The 3-tiered platter, which looked like most platters served up at these events, also impressed me more than most. There was close attention paid to the ingredients within each morsel. Each morsel featured a different texture, and indeed taste, and were put together with much skill. It was nice to sit down to a platter where even though the bites are small, the taste was big. I couldn't help think that if the savoury bites were this nice, then I was in for a treat with the sweet treats, and I was not wrong
The macarons were some of the best I have tasted, and I have had good macarons both from Melbourne and Paris. I have to say that there was not one item on this platter that I would not pay for again, it was delightful to experience.
Now for the piece de resistance, the Botanist Gin cocktails. My first order was the Peony, and although it is hard to explain the flavour of this drink, the closest I could say is that it was like sipping on the sweet delicate petals of a rose. It is beyond my words to truly express the delicate flavours of this cocktail and do it justice.
The second cocktail was The Marigold, and again the flavours infused into this cocktail were amazing, it felt like sipping on ginger-spiced fruits and again my explanation does not do it the justice it deserves.
The drinks were free-flowing with no patron having to wait for more than a few minutes in between drinks. And although we were seated along one wall, we did not feel that we were too close, and in fact, I think the seating arrangements added to that relaxing atmosphere I mentioned earlier.
I was so impressed by the flavours of the cocktails that I had to compliment the mixologist of the cocktails and took a photo of him showing off his skills.
This is a limited-edition Botonist G & Tea experience I am told, so if you would like to experience something a little different and definitely a little special, then this event is well worth it.
To give you a heads up in preparation, there is a parking lot at 158 St Georges Terrace, just across the road that has a flat fee of $15 for the day (closes at midnight), and I was advised that there was also a Wilson Parking at Westralia Square, so what an opportunity to make a day or evening of it. We left and went to do a little window shopping and then dinner.
Brookfield Place is in between buildings (if entering from St Georges Tce) when you walk to the end, turn right, walk straight and you will see stairs going down. W. Churchill is on the right immediately down the stairs. There is also a virtual map on the Brookfield Place website if you like to be extra prepared.