Under the soaring glass atrium we revealed a sneak peek of our new High Tea to a privileged few. And soon you too can indulge in this delicious new menu.
From Saturday 21st January 2017, High Tea at InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto will have a new home. The afternoon indulgence will be held at Alluvial Restaurant on the Flinders Lane Level. Moving to this location means that the offering will be enhanced with the addition of a Dessert Buffet, Chocolate Fountain and Lolly Bar which will serve as a sweet greeting as guests enter the restaurant and a welcome indulgence as guests graze from it throughout the afternoon.
On arrival guests will be seated and served a glass of Perrier-Jouët Champagne and delivered a high tea stand containing an array of items that include fresh scones, dainty finger sandwiches and beef Wellington pies. The scones are a new edition by Head Chef Clinton Jackson who spent his childhood in a Queensland bakery and has adapted a much loved family recipe to suit a menu that befits the ‘glamour of the InterContinental life’.
Tea served throughout the afternoon is by TWG. From English Breakfast to Moroccan Mint and Silver Moon (green tea with grand berry and a vanilla bouquet) there is a wide selection that has proven to enthrall even the most experienced tea connoisseurs.
The whole offering is inspired by Mrs D’Ebro who was a society lady who was married to Charles D’Ebro, a London-born Melbourne based architect. Son of a Spanish Baron and Chevalier, Charles designed the Winfield Wing of the hotel’s building. Mrs D’Ebro was renowned for the lavish afternoon teas she would serve in her house in Toorak.
This high tea, is a modern interpretation of the types of flavours you would have tasted in the opulent surrounds of Mrs D’Ebro’s parlour in the 1890s. To find out what she would have served, the hotel worked in conjunction with the Genealogical Society of Victoria to discover recipes of the era, types of Champagne they would have indulged in, and what types of literature they may have read – like The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde which, incidentally, was written at the same time that the building that now houses the InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto was built.
High Tea is a fascinating and delicious way to spend an afternoon celebrating and catching up with friends.
Available weekends from January 21st, sessions run from 2:30-4.30pm Saturday and Sunday. High Tea is $75 per person and includes a glass of Perrier-Jouët on arrival, followed with a range of savoury and sweet treats plus your choice of TWG Tea. Click here to preview the menu.
To make a booking please call our reservations on 03 8627 1400.