Bistro Guillaume at Crown Metropol Perth boasts a stunning view of the hotel pool which set the scene perfectly for their relaxing afternoon tea.
I fittingly started with a refreshing Flamingo aka cranberry juice, pineapple juice, citrus and pomegranate syrup. It was then that the impressive art deco style three-tiered tower of delights appeared at my table.
What immediately struck me was the volume of food, five savouries and five sweets and it was hard to tell which was going to be the favourite on the day, it all looked so delicious. Without further ado I went straight to the shellfish and had the spanner crab sandwich with mayonnaise, coriander, shallot and lime juice and wow what an auspicious start. The soft squishy white bread perfectly accommodated the yummy filling. No pressure on the next savoury, much, which just happened to be the chicken Waldorf champagne baguette. Once again the creamy filling was oh so moreish being chicken breast, walnuts, celery, witlof, apple and mayonnaise, and the baguette had just the right amount of crunch. I was very much looking forward to the next savoury, roast beef with horseradish, pear chutney and watercress on sourdough and it was well worth the wait with the sweet pear chutney a standout.
The smoked salmon tartlet followed. Housed in a buttery shell, the fishy favourite combined beautifully with the dill cream and hints of Avruga caviar. Fans of duck will love the final savoury, duck pithivier. The confit duck with duck jus in puff pastry was simply a taste sensation.
It was time for a quick breather as I took in the abundance of flavours from the savouries and ordered some Simon and Johnson tea to accompany the decadent desserts that were in front of me. With my tea steeped I chose the financier, a light French almond cake, to start the desserts and it was the perfect chaser to the rich flavours of the duck pithivier. It was then time to tart it up with the lemon meringue tartlet which had just the right amount of tang to the sweet meringue. The showstopper in both flavour and appearance was next, a chocolate éclair with Chantilly cream, topped with real milk chocolate. Not surprisingly this was my favourite on the day. My only criticism was I wish there were more of them. The pistachio macaron was next before finishing the day with my customary chocolate treat, the dark chocolate and salted caramel tart which packed quite a punch and proved the perfect choice to round out the afternoon.
Bistro Guillaume’s Afternoon Tea is available 2-4pm every Saturday and it’s well worth the price tag of $65 for teetotalers and $80 with a glass of champagne. There is a lengthy cocktail and mocktail list for a little extra. They also have an impressive gluten free menu. If you require this, make sure you mention it when you make your booking.
This French restaurant certainly knows how to put together a decadent and plentiful afternoon tea so if fine dining with a gorgeous view is your thing, treat yourself, you won’t be sorry.
Bistro Guillaume Afternoon Tea Menu:
- Chicken Waldorf Champagne Baguette – Free Range Poached Chicken Breast, Walnuts, Celery, Witlof, Apple, Mayonnaise
- Spanner Crab Sandwich – Spanner Crab, Mayonnaise, Coriander, Shallot, Lime Juice
- Rare Roast Beef & Horseradish – Shaved Beef Fillet, Pear Chutney, Watercress, Sourdough
- Smoked Salmon Tartlet – House Made Smoked Salmon, Dill Cream, Avruga Caviar
- Duck Pithiviers – Confit Duck, Puff Pastry, Duck Jus
- Macaron – Ganache Filled Macaron
- Dark Chocolate Tart – Dark Chocolate Ganache, Salted Caramel
- Lemon Meringue Tartlets – Sweet Tart Shell, Lemon Filling, Meringue
- Financier – French Almond Cake, Beurre Noisette
- Chocolate Éclair – Choux Pastry, Chantilly Cream, Milk chocolate
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Reviews for this venue:
- 27 February 2017: Afternoon Tea at Bistro Guillaume, Crown Perth