So you’re curious about trying one of Brisbane's best high teas? Why not start with the The Marriott High Tea Experience? Well lucky for you, we have just road tested the traditional social outing at the Brisbane hotel and have a tier by tier account of the sweet, the savoury, the social setting and the Champagne for you to vicariously live through (and then book your own, as we know you won’t be able to resist).
For an event that I always thought was reserved for bridal showers, grandmother’s gossip sessions, classy ladies in hats and gloves (okay, obviously influenced by too many movies as a child) or for a special occasion, it suddenly sounds really appealing to me as a social catch-up, special occasion or just because.
High Teas have flourished in popularity within the past two years in Brisbane and they’re coming back sweeter than ever at The Marriott High Tea Experience. Check out the High Tea menu here.
Just like the layers on a High Tea stand, I’m going to review this by working my up the tiers:
You can choose your own setting at The Marriott, from poolside, within the Motion Bar and Grill Restaurant or their presidential suite (subject to availability, additional charges apply). Unfortunately, the presidential suite was occupied, but we thoroughly enjoyed our High Tea at a booth seated round table in the restaurant.
Within The Marriott High Tea package you can choose between a glass of sparkling wine or a glass of French Champagne on arrival
Naturally, we went with a glass of French Champagne on arrival, as well as coffee to sip while conversing over our delicious scones and sandwiches.
A part from the middle tier of sweet treats tempting me; the scones were definitely one of the first things to attract my attention. The top tier was carefully assorted with freshly baked plain and sultana scones, two jam jar options and cream, which had white chocolate flakes through it – It was delicious!
Before it was ‘socially acceptable’ to head straight to the sweets (If I was alone, I would have no problems eating dessert before a main course) I tasted some of the classic sandwiches on offer. I particularly enjoyed the shaved ham and English mustard and the classic free-range egg and lettuce sandwiches.
I’m a HUGE sweet tooth, so the fact their petit cakes and pastries are made in house by their experienced Swiss-French Pastry Chef JayJay Fortis, who has been with The Marriott for eight years, made me a very happy girl! I tried one of everything, including the strawberry fruit tart, chocolate brownie and Choux pastry swan with cream patisserie. I even went back for seconds of the chocolate brownie… It would be rude not to, right?
The Marriott High Tea also have gluten free and other dietary requirement options available as part of the experience.
Exciting things are also to come to The Marriott High Tea experience come July, as they plan to introduce a new-look High Tea with a traditional vintage feel. This will include a crisp white tablecloth with table runners and fresh flowers as adornments, as well as tea served in vintage tea sets with optional tiny sugar cubes.
The Marriott High Tea is available from 11am to 4.30pm daily
$50pp with French Champagne | $40pp with sparkling wine
515 Queen Street, Brisbane CBD
P 3303 8034 www.marriott.com.au