If you’re seeking an escape from the bustling streets of Melbourne into a world of sophistication and charm, the New York High Tea at the Marriott Melbourne is the perfect destination. Nestled in the heart of the city, this high tea experience offers a delightful combination of elegance, exceptional service, and a tempting array of pastries.
The moment you step into the Marriott Melbourne, you’re welcomed into a friendly and warm atmosphere with the high tea served in the in the hotel’s signature Essence Restaurant daily from noon to 3pm. It pays homage to the hotel’s American roots with three tiers of savoury and sweet delights. Indulge in traditional baked cheesecake and pastrami bagels, as well as traditional items like freshly baked scones with jam and cream. The delicious menu was created by Melbourne Marriott Hotel’s Head Chef Swami Nanden, whose impressive resumé includes some of the world’s most famous restaurants, such as Michelin-starred Benares Mayfair, Noma and Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s.
The New York High Tea offers a beautiful selection of teas, from a range of leaf tea varieties, including Ceylon green tea with lychee and ginger, rose with French vanilla, Italian almond, peppermint, pure chamomile flower and brilliant breakfast tea. Or if you’re not a tea fan, barista coffee is available – both coffee and tea are bottomless so you can enjoy your choice beverage as you indulge in the delicious assortment of treats.
The highlight of the New York High Tea is undoubtedly the delightful assortment of pastries. The beautifully presented tiered stand boasts a mix of sweet and savory creations that cater to various tastes. Here’s a closer look at some of the pastries that stood out:
1. Scones: The classic scones were perfectly baked, warm, and served with clotted cream and strawberry jam. They were light, fluffy, and delicious. I’d recommend having shortly after your warm savoury pieces whilst they’re still warm.
2. The pastrimi bagel: A standout mini bagel that was soft, full of flavour and took me right back to NYC.
3. Mac & Cheese croquette: A delightful addition to the savoury selection. The crunchiness of the croquette paired with the salty cheesieness of the filling were a crowd-pleaser.
4. Sweet Treats: The sweet pastries were the true stars of the show. From delicate macarons to a decadent éclairs and mini cheesecakes, each bite was a burst of flavor and a visual delight. The presentation was impeccable, and the flavors were spot on.
The service at the Marriott Melbourne is impeccable. The staff are attentive, knowledgeable, and go out of their way to make your experience special. They are more than willing to accommodate dietary preferences and are well-versed in explaining the various teas and pastries on offer. It’s evident that they take pride in creating a memorable experience for their guests.
The New York High Tea at the Marriott Melbourne is a delightful escape into a world of indulgence. The pastries, in particular, are a standout feature of this experience, and the overall ambiance and service make it a memorable afternoon. The New York high tea is perfect for get-togethers with family and friends or celebrating birthdays, anniversaries. Moreover, with the high tea starting at $59pp it doesn’t break the bank for an indulgent afternoon treat!