The Dessert Trolley - and it's wheeled right to your table

Have you experienced “The Dessert Trolley”?

Are you a sweet tooth?

Then you need to try our new dessert trolley. As the big finale apart of our weekend Clarke Sisters’ High Tea, be treated to heavenly dessert trolley, featuring cakes and miniature luxury desserts from the local kitchen of French patissier, chocolatier and boulanger Gontran Cherrier, and the best part, it’s wheeled right to your table.

The Dessert Trolley is the final course apart of InterContinental® Melbourne The Rialto’s degustation –style high tea concept, known as The Clarke Sisters’ High Tea.

Be treated to an afternoon of sheer indulgence every Saturday and Sunday from 12.30pm during The Clarke Sisters’ High Tea, a four course two hour degustation-style high tea experience starting with traditional sandwiches, then a selection of buttermilk and fruit scones. The third course includes a light main served to your table on exquisite Noritake China and then for the big finale, The Dessert Trolley featuring items from French patissier Gontran Cherrier will be wheeled straight to your table to finish.


“High Tea with a twist, a delicious degustation style menu, in a class of its own”- Lisa and Lisa @lisaandlisa

The Dessert Trolley has been re-imagined, offering past and new guests a seasonal experience featuring heavenly cakes and luxury miniature desserts from internationally renowned chocolatier Gontran Cherrier.
It features a selection of Gontran’s best, including a white chocolate and chocolate cheesecake with delicate biscuit crumb base, soft pecan cakes and delicate vanilla eclairs with choux pastry filled with crème. All desserts are served with fresh strawberries, blood orange sorbet, chocolate sauce and homemade whipped cream.




Born in Normandy, Gontran Cherrier grew up in a family of boulangers in the small town of Luc-sur- Mer. As a fourth generation baker, it wasn’t long before Gontran earned his first stripes in his parents’ Parisian boulangerie. In 2010 Gontran opened his first boulangerie in Montmartre, Paris, followed by a second in the 17th arrondissement and a third in Germain-En-Laye in 2013. As of July 2016, Gontran Cherrier Boulanger has 29 prestigious bakeries, including local bakeries in Richmond, Collingwood and Hawthorn.

The experience wholly embraces the hotel’s history and creates a wow experience, taking the quintessential Melbourne high tea and making it unique to our hotel. We’ve added local speciality plated mains and a deconstructed Perrier-Jouët Champagne Cocktail, in addition to all the high tea favourites you have come to know and love.

Let us take you back to the late 1800’s and step into the high society world of the Clarke sisters when Melbourne was reputedly the richest city in the world. Entrepreneur Patrick McCaughan commissioned the original Rialto building on Collins Street. His wife Miss Emma was an affluent high society member and embraced high tea, with the sisters often found spending lavish afternoons swapping stories over fine china teacups. After Miss Emma’s untimely passing in 1872, the undeterred Patrick went on to marry her sister Miss Margaret Clarke.

Perfect for all occasions or treating someone special, ‘The Clarke Sisters’ Tea Party’ is hosted in the sun-drenched Alluvial atrium, and is available every Saturday and Sunday, with six intimate sessions each day.

Individual Bookings:
4 indulgent courses paired with Champagne Cocktail at $99 per person, or with free flowing French Champagne at $149 per person

Group Bookings:
Groups over 10+ guests can choose our above 4 course menu or an express 3 course group menu offering 3 indulgent courses paired with Champagne Cocktail at $85 per person, or with free flowing French Champagne at $135 per person

Book now online, or call Alluvial directly through +61 3 8627 1400:

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