At Taste of Melbourne last year, we picked up some discounted vouchers for high tea at the Park Hyatt. We finally got around to using the tickets last weekend.
Despite our booking having disappeared without a trace, the waiters quickly had a table set up for us, and we were soon treated to a wonderful afternoon tea of scones, finger sandwiches and an assortment of petit fours, sparkling wine and our choice of tea from a very extensive menu of jing loose leaf teas.
afternoon tea stand
|flowering jasmine peach, green tea|
|plain scones & fruit scones w/ orange marmalade, berry jam and vanilla Chantilly cream|
We started at the bottom tier and worked our way up. The scones were well made and struck that balance between being soft and fluffy and a more solid crumbly texture. The orange marmalade was a bit too intense - it had a good flavour but I'm not sure it worked with scones and cream. The berry jam, on the other hand, worked a treat with the smooth Chantilly cream. Sometimes, you just gotta stick with the classic flavour combinations.
The second tier was a selection of finger sandwiches: chicken and avocado, egg, smoked salmon and ham, with the smoked salmon being the favourite.
And to top it off, five different miniature pastries. We didn't quite catch the names of all the items (too busy taking photos) but of particular note was the lemon meringue pie, which had a beautiful short pastry and a smooth and intense lemon curd filling, all topped with nicely caramelised meringue that was light and airy, almost marshmallow-y. The macaron was pretty average (but I may have been spoilt by Adriano Zumbo's macarons). The pecan pie had a good solid chocolate based, smooth chocolate filling and toasted pecans.
The afternoon was definitely a very enjoyable one. And at $32.50 a head, there was more than enough food to delay eating dinner for a good couple of hours!
Overall impression: 8/10