A group of six friends Went to Aria at the Langham for the Tiffin High Tea for a friend's baby shower.
$69 for a sumptuous "afternoon tea": translation more than enough for lunch and could not eat dinner as we were so full after our high tea.
A beautiful silver tray of delicacies for two to share. Six of us, so three silver tiered trays. A special one for the pregnant one who requested no smoked salmon, no soft cheeses. Not a problem for the staff: her own special three tiered silver tray. Endless pots of tea: silver pots and jugs, fine bone china cups, each cup served by the attentive staff with a silver tea strainer.
Sandwiches with the crusts cut off ( of course!) , fruit and plain scones served with jam, double cream and butter, and then the cakes and pastries!
Deconstructed lemon meringue pie, chocolate mousse, raspberry meringue, rocky road, hazelnut and salted chocolate rolls..... It just went on and on. All washed down with a bottle of champagne (the only item not included in the price) and endless cups of Darjeeling, Earl Grey,pomegranate and English Breakfast tea. Absolutely amazing.
We knew the table was required back by 2.30pm and there was a little hurried rush to get us out of our lounge chairs from 2.15 onwards: having said that, we could not have eaten or drunk another thing. Staff were very happy to pack up a take away container within unbeaten delicacies: did get us to sign a "waiver" before we were allowed to exit with the food. That was a first. Sign of the times, I guess.
Overall: I would highly recommend. Excellent food and attentive service. Very happy we chose The Langham over other High Teas on offer in Melbourne. Really great experience.
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