It’s been over 6 months since I last posted anything in this blog. I’m ashamed to admit that it wasn’t my nursing career or my busy social life that caused it… I just got lazy! 😞
A bit rusty… But here goes…
It was a rainy winter’s afternoon when my sister and I, along with two of our friends met up at the Westin Melbourne for an Afternoon Tea. We were ushered to the Lobby Lounge where massive club leather chairs and a fireplace on a library wall awaited us and were enough to tantalise us.
Warm and comfortable, we started perusing the menu. I was giddy with excitement! I couldn’t wait for the éclairs. I was so used to having ribbon sandwiches, macarons or cupcakes that the idea of sweet and savoury éclairs tickled my tastebuds, and already made my day.
For hot tea, I ordered the Vintage Cooked Puerh ~ echoes the taste, texture and colour of Japanese plums. And the Flowering Osmanthus ~ sweet and soothing flowering green tea hand tied around sweet Osmanthus blossoms and orange lily petals. I must say, I enjoyed the latter better. I prefer white tea than dark tea.
The whole ambiance had a cozy feel about it. The pitter patter of the rain and the crackle of the fire were so comforting and made me feel I was right at Home.
Two three-tiered Art Deco trays arrived, decked with scones on top and two layers of éclairs at the bottom.
I always start with scones now. The ones that I had was a traditional vanilla scone and a dried fruit one. Both were delicious (and still warm!) with generous amount of fresh cream and berry preserve.
Next, were the savoury éclairs. My favourites were the mushroom pate with pickled enoki, and the prawn & avocado with sweet chilli jam.
I also had the smoked duck, gorgonzola, pear, rocket & caramelised walnut, the ham, comte & confit tomato with grainy dijon mustard, and the goat’s cheese & pesto. All five were succulent and mouth watering.
To complement the sweet éclairs, I ordered a cold drink instead of ordering a different flavoured hot tea. I chose the lychee red iced black tea. It was sweet and had a strong delicious scent of lychee. Yum!
My favourite of the sweets was the pistachio & fig éclair. I love anything with pistachio especially gelato / ice cream. The strawberry & lime, passion fruit & white chocolate, and chocolate caramel éclairs were delectable too.
By the time we ate the last crumb, sipped our tea cups for the nth time and caught our breaths from laughing too much, we were eager to go home and take our nana naps.
Both the food and service at the Westin Melbourne were impeccable. I will definitely go back for another afternoon tea and not éclairs, this time. Surprise me! 😊
Price: 45 AUD
Place: Lobby Lounge, Westin Melbourne
Date: June 2014