High Tea at InterContinental Melbourne Rialto

Photographer: Michelle Milton
High Tea at the InterContinental Rialto Melbourne
High Tea at the InterContinental Rialto Melbourne

New year, new high tea offerings at the InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto.

That’s what’s happening at the InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto, which started serving its new and improved high tea menu on January 21st, 2017.

Among the biggest changes is the change in location from the Market Lane Bar to the downstairs Alluvial Restaurant.

Then there’s the menu itself.

On arrival, guests can expect the traditional three-tier cake stand, which will feature freshly baked scones, finger sandwiches and hot savoury items.

There’s also a glass of Perrier-Jouet champagne and a selection of four TWG teas.

Sweet tooths will be further indulged by the inclusion of a dessert bar, complete with chocolate fountain and lollies served in cereal canisters.

Those familiar with the InterContinental’s reputation for also serving high coffee will be pleased to know that this option – which swaps tea and champagne for coffee and an espresso martini – will remain.

The whole offering is inspired by society lady Mrs D’Ebro, who was renowned for the lavish afternoon teas that she used to serve in her Toorak parlour in the 1890s.

Executive chef Clinton Jackson said previously, the high tea offering was trying too hard to be everything to everybody.

This new menu, he says, focuses largely on the dessert bar.

“The original way of having it all on the plate didn’t work,” he said.

“With the dessert bar, people can pick and choose what they like.”

The High Tea Society got to try out the new menu at a special launch and was quite impressed by both the change of surroundings – which provide a stunning view of the InterContinental – and the new menu.

Perhaps the only complaint is that with such an extensive menu, it’s just about impossible to try it all!

InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto Afternoon Tea Menu

InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto
InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto

On the stand:

  • Freshly baked buttermilk scones with Darbo jams, lemon curd, double cream and a selection of sweets
  • Ham with Jarlsberg cheese, tomato relish on Swiss white
  • Cucumber and tzatziki on light rye
  • Salmon and cream cheese bagel
Hot savouries
  • Asparagus and ricotta quiche tartlet
  • Chef’s beef wellington
  • Smoked cod croquette with red pepper coulis

The dessert buffet:

  • 54.5% Callebaut chocolate fountain
  • Mixed lolly bar
  • Veneered buttercream carrot cake
  • Chocolate brownie with peanut butter and walnut
  • Chocolate mousse and crushed hazelnuts pots
  • Velvet peach and mango cheesecake
  • Chia seed and strawberry pots
  • Jelly fruit salad pots
  • Assorted doughnuts
  • Macarons

InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto:

495 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000


Between 2.30pm and 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays.


$75 per person with a glass of Perrier-Jouet Champagne

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

Charlene Macaulay

Charlene has been a High Tea Society contributor since 2013. She has over ten years’ experience working as a journalist and is now a communications specialist in the local government sector. Charlene loves reading, travel, going for long walks and a good glass of champagne or red (depending on the occasion). Having tried scones from just about every Melbourne high tea venue there is (and some interstate and international venues too) she can definitively state that her mum’s remain the best.

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