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A new twist on high tea for the Chinese New Year
Windsor Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea
Image supplied: Windsor Hotel,


The Windsor is famous for its afternoon teas but this year, they are also offering an additional Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea menu (5th – 19th February) to celebrate the hotel's historic links to Melbourne's Chinese community

The hotel was built on the riches of the Gold Rush, of which the Chinese played a significant role in the 1850s when tens of thousands of Chinese people flocked to the Victorian goldfields.

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Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea Windsor - Image supplied


The Windsor Hotel's Chinese New Year festive menu was created by award-winning Melbourne restaurant Sunda's Head Chef, Khanh Nguyen, an Electrolux Australian Young Chef of the Year (2015) national finalist, who has earned his cooking stripes at Sydney restaurants including Cirrus Dining, Mr Wong, Bentley, Becasse, Red Lantern and noma. When moving to Melbourne in 2018, he took the helm of Sunda – an exciting modern South East Asian restaurant – which won a hat in The Good Food Guide (2019).

His inspiring, special high tea has a contemporary South East Asian twist. Think Mushroom XO rice balls with a soy milk custard, a modern prawn toast, five spice pork rillettes sandwiches, and egg jam.

Nguyen has teamed with the new Head Pastry Chef of The Hotel Windsor, Jérémie Parmentier, who has contributed a special dessert for the occasion, entitled 'Koi'.

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Koi - the finishing touch - Image Hotel Windsor


The creation, in hues of red and yellow with specks of gold leaf, is named after the lucky carp, and a play on the Chinese phrase "Nian Nian You Yu" – a harbinger of wealth.

Filled with a fresh pineapple compote, strawberry confit, matcha sponge and vanilla ganache, it is a modern take on the lucky symbols (pineapple, fish) associated with Chinese New Year.

Jérémie Parmentier last role was in Paris where he worked for Parisian institutions including Fauchon and Le Fouquet's and renowned 5-star establishments including the Grand Hotel Du Cap Ferrat and Hotel Saint Martin in Saint Martin de Belleville.

Here is the full menu for this exciting and novel afternoon tea:

Petit Savour Pastries

Mushroom XO rice ball, soy milk custard
Prawn toast, sweet & sour sauce

Seasonal Pastries

"Koi" - Pineapple compote, strawberry confit, matcha sponge, vanilla ganache
Chocolate & Orange Tart
Apricot & Rosemary Macaron

Ribbon Sandwiches

Salmon, pickled ginger, cream cheese & chive sandwich
Five spice pork, hoisin mustard mayo & pork crackling sandwich
Egg, egg yolk jam, soy paste & coriander sandwich.

Hotel Windsor History
Stepping back in time to 1894, from the steps of Parliament House. Photo Facebook Hotel Windsor


The Hotel Windsor is a Melbourne institution since its establishment in 1883. An older hotel it is considered the Grand Dame of Melbourne and is famous for its afternoon tea, held in the elegant cream dining room. As well as tiered stands a full dessert buffet experience with classic and modern cakes is served on weekends.

The Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea will start on the 5th of February when the hotel will also host a lion dance troupe who will perform a traditional dance celebration in the hotel lobby and greet guests in One Eleven at 12.30pm.

(Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea addition: 5 February – 19 February)

Seating Times:

Monday-Tuesday: 11.30am – 2.00pm

Wednesday-Friday: 11.30am – 2.00pm & 2:30pm – 4.30pm

Saturday-Sunday: 11.30am – 2.00pm & 3.00pm – 5.00pm

Prices:

Monday-Fridays:

$75 per adult with a glass of French Sparkling Wine

Saturdays and Sundays:

Includes an indulgent dessert buffet

$99 per adult with a glass of French Sparkling Wine

Reservations can be made online click here or by contacting reservations on 03 9633 6004.

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Why? A new spin on high tea
When: 5-19 February Monday-Tuesday: 11.30am – 2.00pm, Wednesday-Friday: 11.30am – 2.00pm & 2:30pm – 4.30pm Saturday-Sunday: 11.30am – 2.00pm & 3.00pm – 5.00pm
Phone: Reservations can be online at www.thehotelwindsor.com.au/afternoontea or by contacting reservations on 03 9633 6004.
Where: Hotel Windsor, 111 Spring Street, Melbourne
Cost: Monday-Fridays: $75 per adult with a glass of French sparkling wine Saturdays and Sundays: Includes an indulgent dessert buffet $99 per adult with a glass of French sparkling wine
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