High Tea at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne

Photographer: Michelle Milton
High Tea at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne
High Tea at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne

Located inside one of Melbourne’s most glamorous hotel foyers, the Grand Hyatt Melbourne’s high tea is an indulgent experience sure to impress.

High Tea Society recently enjoyed a very satisfying Sunday afternoon High Tea at the hotel’s Collins Kitchen, complete with proper white tablecloths, free-flowing sparkling, a French pastry chef and perfectly warm scones!

The Grand Hyatt’s High Tea is particularly extensive and, given the substantial savoury offering, is likely to appeal to a wider audience than just High Tea aficionados. The High Tea commences with a glass of Chandon Blanc de Blancs NV and the traditional tiered High Tea stand. The stand features classic finger sandwiches, a selection of savouries and plain and raisin scones.

High Tea at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne
High Tea at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne

The Grand Hyatt Melbourne delivers on the classics, with the lightly curried egg finger sandwich being a real winner. The scones, served warm with apricot jam, strawberry jam and whipped cream, were superb. They were the perfect size and had a nice balance of flavour and fluffiness.

Once you’ve worked your way through the tiered stand and perhaps selected a tea from the T2 tea menu, guests are welcome to help themselves to not one, but two buffets. The savoury buffet includes an ever-changing range of miniature treats that, when High Tea Society visited, included wagyu beef sliders served with cheese, mustard and a pickle on a milk bun, pork and apple sausage rolls, and pea and mint arancini.

Even though the restaurant was full, the buffets never felt crowded and they are carefully replenished by discrete staff throughout the high tea. Tables in the dining room are well spaced apart, to ensure the room does not feel too full and the noise levels are low.

Head Pastry Chef, Louis Bioteau
Head Pastry Chef, Louis Bioteau

The sweet buffet includes a range of French style mini gateaux, a rotating menu of different flavoured macarons, an ice cream stand, a waffle and pancake station, and a chocolate fountain with homemade churros. The beautiful display of gateaux is lovingly made in-house by a team of 16 pastry chefs at the Grand Hyatt, led by Head Pastry Chef, Louis Bioteau. Louis, originally from France, has worked in London and at High Tea Society favourite the Park Hyatt Sydney, before heading to the Grand Hyatt Melbourne to head up their pastry team.

Some of the highlights (it’s hard to choose just a few!) included the miniature lemon meringue tarts, the visually arresting bright pink Raspberry Opera cake, and the hugely popular Pear Tarte Tatin.


The Grand Hyatt’s High Tea Menu:

High Tea at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne
High Tea at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne

On the stand:

  • Free-range egg finger sandwich
  • Slow roast chicken finger sandwich
  • A selection of savouries
  • Freshly baked plain and raisin scones
  • Two choices of jam and whipped cream

From the buffet:

A rotating selection of warm savouries, which included:

  • Mini burgers
  • Arancini
  • Sausage rolls
  • Dumplings
  • Mini pies
  • Empanadas
Scones with jam and cream
Scones with jam and cream

A large rotating selection of gateaux, which included:

  • Raspberry Opera
  • Golden Gaytime Brownie
  • Blueberry, Coconut and Lime Cake
  • Earl Grey Lemon Teacake
  • Pear Tarte Tatin
  • Apricot and Pistachio Éclair
  • Peanut Butter Profiterole
  • New York Baked Cheesecake
  • Assorted Macarons
  • Crème Brulee
  • Seasonal Fruit Crumble
  • Coconut Mango Rice Pudding
  • Ice cream station
  • Waffle and pancake station
  • Chocolate fountain

To drink:

  • Chandon Blanc de Blancs NV
  • A selection of T2 teas


High Tea at the Grand Hyatt is a seamlessly run, decadent five-star experience, which offers a crowd-pleasing buffet along with the more traditional scones and finger sandwiches. The High Tea is justifiably popular, so do book ahead to enjoy this experience. And, a pro tip: for groups of 6 or less, request one of the booth seats by the windows. These semi-private booths offer the quietest and comfiest seating in the dining room.


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Collins Kitchen at Grand Hyatt Melbourne:

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123 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3000


Saturday 12:30 - 2:30pm or 3:30 - 5:30pm
Sunday 3:30 - 5:30pm


$79 per adult (add $20 for free-flowing sparkling)
$39.50 for children

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

Hannah Foster

Hannah is a committed Melbournian, dessert hunter and freelance writer. She has written travel and lifestyle pieces for a number of international and Australian publications, and is currently working on her first novel for young adults. As well as writing, she’s worked at a number of charities in Australia and the UK and now consults on philanthropy. Hannah loves baking, reading novels, travel, fine dining, cats, chocolate, dancing and high tea (of course) and she hates scary movies, crusts on sandwiches, rollercoasters and cold weather. The scone is definitely the most important element of a high tea for Hannah, but service and atmosphere also rate highly.

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