High Tea at Dzert, Melbourne

Photographer: Michelle Milton
High Tea at Dzert
High Tea at Dzert

High Tea by Dzert offers exquisite delights, from the famed Basque Cheesecake to the divine scones. Every treat, savoury or sweet, is handmade with pride by head chef and owner Maria Lanaras.

Just a two-minute amble from Sandringham Station, through charming local shops and cafes, is arguably Melbourne’s best Basque Cheesecake (as awarded by this author – but watch this space, this best kept secret is about to get out!). It also happens to be the signature dish included in High Tea by Dzert.

Maria Lanaras
Maria Lanaras

Launched in October 2023, Dzert is the new kid on the block when it comes to cakes and treats in Melbourne. And yet despite having only recently arrived, head chef and owner Maria Lanaras has been perfecting her craft for many years, previously wholesaling to cafes and restaurants around Melbourne. And so we were thoroughly surprised and delighted to find that this High Tea ticked all the boxes – if you are a local then you’re in luck! High Tea at Dzert is one I would definitely go back for.

So I mentioned the Basque Cheesecake (which you can also purchase in full size from their display cabinet to take home) but the High Tea thrills don’t end there. Also worth noting, the Dzert scones are possibly the best scones I think I’ve ever had. Not only were they delectable (think melting moments, but as scones) but they were high tea bite sized – something that I really appreciated!

As expected all the sweets served were delicious. And the savoury items also hit the spot – the standout savoury for me was the Blini with Smoked Salmon. It was so fresh I think Maria might have whipped up the mini pancake as we walked in the door.

Maria is incredibly proud of the fact that she bakes all of the items on the High Tea stand from scratch in her kitchen daily – not something many High Tea venues can boast.


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Dzert High Tea menu:

High Tea at Dzert
High Tea at Dzert

The current High Tea menu


  • Sandwich of Cucumber
  • Sandwich of Egg Salad
  • Blini with Smoked Salmon Crème Fraîche & Herbs
  • Zucchini & Carrot Puff Pastry Herbs & Cheese
  • Seeded Brioche of Poached Chicken Celery & Watercress


  • Fluffy Scones Dzert made berry jam & cream
  • Basque Cheesecake Dzert signature recipe
  • Baklava Cigar Walnut, almond, cinnamon syrup & Belgian chocolate
  • Chocolate & Strawberry Mini cupcake of plump strawberry & fluffy sponge, Belgian ganache Panna Cotta
  • Passionfruit, mint, vanilla & raspberry


Included in your High Tea is bottomless tea and coffee. Tea is supplied by High Tea with Harriet – a luxury tea range from Western Australia.

If you fancy something a little more celebratory drink wise, Dzert has a full wine and cocktail menu.


High Tea Melbourne – find more experiences
in our High Tea Venue Directory



5 Waltham Street, Sandringham, VIC 3191


Open every day of the week.
High Tea is available on Sunday afternoons.


$65 per person

Prices are correct at the time of publishing, but subject to change. Please contact the venue for further details.

Kate Nelson

Kate Nelson is the publisher of Meetoo - a website of personal recommendations about awesome activities for families with children aged 0-12 to do around Melbourne and beyond. Kate, along with her mini-reviewers, report back on current events, favourite venues and things that are fun - providing her readers with honest insights and loads of ideas about all the cool things happening in Melbourne for families.

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