Melbourne has always been synonymous with good food, wine and of course, coffee, but we are fast becoming the “high tea” capital as well and one of the best high teas in Melbourne, is at Hotel Chadstone’s Altus.
As you might have seen from our review of Hotel Chadstone (which is a 5-star, MGallery by Sofitel hotel. Part of the Accor Hotel Group), the hotel oozes luxury, style and elegance and Hotel Chadstone’s Altus Rooftop Bar Lounge & Dining is no exception. Stunning art, gold fixtures and luxurious textiles greet you at every corner. Situated on the 12th floor of the hotel, Altus offers amazing views across Melbourne’s city skyline and the Dandenong ranges.
The high tea is perfect for two or even large groups. In fact, a lot of mother and daughters, couples and friends were having high tea when we were and there were large groups of hens groups, as well. The high tea would be perfect for birthday celebrations, Mother’s Day, get togethers with friends, shower and hen’s teas and a lot more.
As well as beautiful views and luxurious surroundings, the high tea itself is a sight to behold. The high tea is set on a gold signature “M” (for MGallery) serving stand with the food carefully, and wonderfully, presented on each tier.
Director of Culinary for Hotel Chadstone, Deepak Mishra, has sourced local produce and even bush tucker items (like native limes and bush tomatoes), to elevate their high tea to, what we think is, a hat level experience. It certainly wasn’t like any high tea I’d had before, that’s for sure.
I especially liked the Mixed exotic mushroom and cheese pie with bush tomato relish, which was delicious, the Orange blossom, white chocolate and lavender scones had just enough flavour without being over powering in taste and Passionfruit jelly and cream cheese with lemon myrtle layered dome with pistachio sponge, had fantastic flavours. The cream cheese oozed out when you cut the outer shell, which was amazing in itself.
Here is the Altus High Tea Menu for you to understand what is on offer:
Altus High Tea Menu
Savouries and Sandwiches
Citrus cream cheese, apple, mint & lime compressed cucumber triple Decker
Blue swimmer crab remoulade with fennel slaw, yuzu, native lime and salmon roe
Gruyere and corn fritter with truffle emulsion
Mixed exotic mushroom and cheese pie with bush tomato relish
Roasted chicken, balsamic onion, Davidson plum gel, salt bush and smoked marrow aioli
Yarra valley smoked salmon, calamansi lime curd, and Geraldton wax and mountain pepper
Patisseries and desserts
Salted caramel ganache tart, single origin chocolate, golden hazelnut and Tasmanian berry dust.
Red cube –strawberry gum and berry mousse, coconut jelly, with almond pain de gene base. Topped with Artisan Chocolate truffle.
Passionfruit jelly and cream cheese with lemon myrtle layered dome with pistachio sponge.
Raspberry crunch and gel, wild berry noodle, wattle seed and yoghurt semi freddo, (gf)
Warm buttermilk scones and Orange blossom, white chocolate, lavender scones. Served with strawberry rose petal preserve, lemon curd, clotted cream
Details of the Altus High Tea:
$75 per adult or $95 including glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne
High Tea is available every Saturday & Sunday
First seating 11:30am to 1:00pm and second seating 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Bookings are essential, call (03) 9108 3333 or head to www.hotelchadstone.com.au