INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL, MELBOURNE CBD: A degustation-styled high tea in the luxurious Alluvial Restaurant, The Clarke Sisters’ High Tea takes place on weekends in the opening dining area of the Intercontinental Hotel of Melbourne, with an array of the finest teas, savoury bites and desserts guaranteed to satisfy the highest of standards. From beginning the end, the food was complemented by impeccable service, and a modern-esque ambiance.
The good fat: The deconstructed cocktail as bubbles is one of the most creative manners of serving drinks I have seen, featuring a little pipette to squeeze the cognac onto a sugar cube! This was quickly followed by our savoury bites for the first course, presented immaculately on a stunning 3-tier platter.
Personal highlights include the duck pate en croute – a delicious crunchy blend of creaminess with a hint of sweet relish, along with the Bay bugs on a squid ink brioche roll. The filling inside was refreshing with hints of the sea, nestled within a soft yet milky brioche bun.
Another twist to the traditional high tea is the inclusion of a mini “main meal”. The mushroom tart was brimming with soft, silky king oysters, drizzled with a sweet pumpkin pulse and trimmings of feta cheese for a savoury kick. Of course, the pastry flaked into gorgeous layers seamlessly.
The tenderness of the lamb chop was absolutely astonishing! Deceptively brown whilst cutting through, yet bursting with moisture and deliciousness in each bite. The slight sweetness from the red wine jus gave it a sophisticated flavour.
A high tea can only be as successful as their scones, and Clarke Sisters’ certainly did not fail to impress. Buttery, warm with slightly crispiness on the edges whilst preserving the perfect level of moisture, these scones, when complete with jam and cream were simply to die for!
Instead of featuring a classic petite fours for the final dessert, in adding its own Intercontinental twist, the Clarke Sisters’ high tea involves a dessert trolley showcasing a selection of the finest Melbourne desserts, including from the renowned Le Petite Gateau (see: Gâteaux Gastronomy), Vue de Monde and Merchant Osteria Venice. Apart from seeing the dessert trolley already making me the happiest person in the world, the taste was also second to none.
The bad fat: The cucumber sandwich, despite being a high tea classic, lacked flavour and excitement, especially in contrast to everything else. A small improvement could potentially be serving smaller portions of the dessert trolley in a petite-fours-styled manner, allowing diners to conveniently sample a few of these top Melbourne desserts!
SHOULD YOU GET FAT HERE?
YES! – For an exquisite Melbourne high tea experience with the finest of desserts and indulgences, The Clarke Sisters’ High Tea at the Intercontinental is definitely one worth checking out!
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2wofatgirls would like to thank Intercontinental Melbourne for the invitation to dine – these opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration