Alluvial High Tea (Invited)

Saturday, January 07, 2017 Sharon Halim 0 Comments

I was lucky enough to be invited to the preview of the brand new High Tea at Alluvial, InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto. The menu was inspired by Mrs D'Ebro, a society lady married to a :London-born Melbourne based architect, Charles D'Ebro. He is the son of Spanish Baron and Chevalier. Charles designed the Winfield Wing of the hotel's building while his wife was renowed for throwing a lavish afternoon tea party at her house in Toorak.

The brand new high tea is a modern interpretation of Mrs D'Ebro taste in the 1890's. The InterContinental hotel worked together with Genealogical Society of Victoria to discover what she would serve back in the era such as what tea, champagne, flavours and coincidentally the common literature of the era was The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wild which written at the same time of the building that now the home of InterContinental was built.

I have been to InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto before with my mom for a quick tea and scone years a go and I always love their architecture. The hall was stunning, unique and full of natural light. It also have elegance and grand vibe. While waiting, we were given a choice of cocktail or mocktail and both are cold, refreshing and light, perfect for the season.

We were greeted with Perrir-Jouet Grand Brut Champagne.  Then we move on to other beverages; a selections of TWG Tea such as English Breakfast, French Earl Grey, Moroccan Mint and Silver Moon. Coffee also available by request. I tried their English Breakfast, Moroccan Mint and Silver Moon, as predicted TWG does not disappoint. They are really good and famous for their tea and Silver Moon is one of the best tea I ever tasted.

We were seated in a beautiful long tables decorated with tea set and flowers then the 3 tiers of goodness arrived; Freshly Baked Buttermilk Scones - Darbo jams, lemon curd, double cream. The scones are a new edition by Head Chef Clinton Jackson, he spent his childhood in a Queensland bakery and this scone was inspired from a family recipes. Honestly, the scone was airy yet still had a crunchiness on top. I love it.

Sandwiches; Ham with Jarlsberg cheese, tomato relish on Swiss white, Cucumber & tzatziki on light rye and Salmon & cream cheese bagel. Born and raised in Asian country, I'm not a fan of sandwiches but I really like the flavour of the ham and cheese sandwich, the smokiness of ham, cheesy cheese and fresh sour tomato relish just work really well. The salmon and cream cheese bagel is a classic recipe and who doesn't like them?

Hot Items; Asparagus & ricotta quiche tartlet, Chef's beef Wellington and Smoked cod croquette with red pepper coulis. My favourite was the beef wellington, crispy outer layer and tender flavourful inside. The quiche was pretty tasty as well.

The Dessert Buffet; 54.5% Callebaut chocolate fountain, Mixed lolly bar, Veneered buttercream carrot cake, Chocolate brownie with peanut butter & walnut, Chocolate mousse & crushed hazelnuts pots, Velvet peach & mango cheesecake, Chia seed & strawberry pots, Jelly fruit salad pots, Assorted doughnuts and macarons. This is heaven for a sweet tooth like me, I just simply can't stop coming back to the dessert table and trying all the different flavours.

I'm very happy I attended this event, from the very beginning to the end the service was friendly, attentive and knowledgable. The food and beverages was delicious, arguably one of the best high tea in Melbourne. The high tea available on weekends starting from January 21st, sessions run from 2.30-5pm every Saturday and Sunday. High Tea is $75 per person and booking is highly recommended to avoid disappointment. As if the high tea was not enough, the provide us with a gift bag which I love so much.

Alluvial Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
InterContinental Hotel
495 Collins St
Melbourne, VIC 3000