Innovative. Interesting. Indulgent.
Not often words you associate with a High Tea, as the thought of such a food event conjures up thoughts of cucumber sandwiches and scones with jam. Definitely not a scone in sight at the High Tea at Om Nom restaurant at the Adelphi Hotel where the concept is turned on its head with an innovative, interesting and indulgent twist on the classic High tea.
Nestled behind the Regent Theater on Flinders lane, the Adelphi hotel has been one of Melbourne’s best and funkiest boutique hotels. With a recent makeover across the hotel, the vibe is modern and ecclectic, and that vibe is what you get at Om Nom.
oached Bug tail with sweet & sour sauce which was delightfully skewered on the sauce dispenser (inject the sauce while you eat), Vegetable Tempura with Soba Noodles in Dashi broth, Foie gras macaron and Vol au Vent with Mushroom and Asparagus. I have to say that the innovative use of different flavours and textures made the savoury items a pure delight to eat, especially the Foie gras macaron which had a particularly unique flavour that I really enjoyed.
My eating companion was especially taken with the Vegetable Tempura and Soba Noodles in the Dashi broth, as the vegetables had the perfect amount of tempura batter so that it was crispy and light, and the Dashi broth was a sweet savoury and delicious broth.
Sweet items were equally interesting and innovative. A peanut butter, chocolate & raspberry Gateau was light with a bit of peanut butter crunch in the middle, the Monsieur Green Tea Gateau was indulgent with a rich Green tea flavour and the Pineapple Verrine was smooth, light and delightful to eat. The last item on the tray was a Mango and Shiso Profiterole which really topped off an amazing array of sweetness at the High Tea.
The High Tea includes a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne, which I enjoyed as I went through the savoury items, and an array of tea and coffees that go perfectly with dessert. Along with your tea/coffee, a beautiful macaron is served that is the final sweet twist to the meal, and I have to say as a purveyor of macarons, this had to be one of the best I’ve in town!
Not to be outdone by the food, the On Nom bar also serves a beautiful selection of unique and innovative cocktails and ‘liquid desserts’ if you wanted to extend your experience at Om Nom (or if you are looking for an amazing place for drinks). We tried the Lemon Meringue cocktail was a rich mix of Liquor 43, Lemoncello & Vanilla Mascarpone topped with Petit Meringues and side of Shortbread and the Earl’s Classic which was a
light and refreshing mix of Hendricks Gin, Earl Grey syrup, mint and lime juice.