Nikka High Tea at The Waiting Room, Crown Melbourne

High Tea at The Waiting Room, Crown Towers Melbourne - supplied photo
High Tea at The Waiting Room, Crown Towers Melbourne - supplied photo

The team at Crown’s Waiting Room love to partner with a brand to bring a unique theme to their High Tea, and this season’s theme is a wonderful collaboration with Japanese Whiskey, Nikka.

As we’ve mentioned in previous reviews, The Waiting Room (TWR) delivers some of the very best (this writer would say “best”) savoury high tea items in Melbourne. With the Japanese theme touched on and hints of the Nikka range featured – it’s a delicious array that I would happily return for a second or third visit any time soon.

The TWR high tea is served with a selection of teas and coffee, and it comes with a bonus welcome cocktail taster (they rotate the cocktails, so it will be any one of the cocktails from the accompanying cocktail menu) – which can also be a mocktail – and a take home box of chocolates.

You can upgrade your high tea to also include Piper-Heidsieck champagne (either by the glass or free flowing) or you can also enjoy the specially designed cocktails that feature Nikka spirits and have been designed to complement the high tea.

While it’s impossible to single out a favourite savoury item (they were all just #chefskiss delicious) the sweets tasted as good as they looked too, and they were works of art. A firm favourite for me was the chocolate cigar – not only did it look just like one, the dusty dark chocolate cut through the sweetness, and the hint of smokiness added to the experience!

Executive Pastry Chef Hari Unterrainer
Executive Pastry Chef Hari Unterrainer

I would also like to add bonus points for excellent scones – these were restrained in size, with a nice buttery texture that provided the perfect counteract to the flavour burst of the jam. Not all high teas nail the scones, but these are worth a mention.

And finally, the staff and venue. We were tucked away and could really enjoy our quiet chat without competition. The staff were also quietly attentive – being a Friday they were in no rush to move us on (and if you’re looking to avoid the busier days, the Friday session is a lovely treat!).

Thank you TWR for a delicious and delightful afternoon of treats!

Nikka High Tea Menu:

Nikka High Tea - supplied photo
Nikka High Tea – supplied photo

Welcome Taster Cocktail


  • Plain & Raisin Scones (V)
  • Crème Chantilly, Blackberry Jam, Yuzu Marmalade


  • Spicy Tuna & Prawn Trifle, Caper & Togarashi Infusion, Edamame
  • Kewpie Egg & Cucumber Sandwich, Furekake Dust, Whole Meal Bread (V)
  • Nikka Gin Cured Smoked Salmon, Rye Bread, Wasabi Mayo, Pickled Cucumber Relish
    Poached Chicken & Avocado Tart, Yuzukoshu


  • Matcha Bao Sliders, Chicken Katsu, Japanese Slaw, Tonkatsu Sauce
  • Black Cod & Crab Croquette, Yuzu Tarter, Seaweed Gomasio Textures
  • Miso Eggplant Spring Rolls, Creamy Sesame Mayo (V)
  • Wagyu Sausage Roll, Caramelised Onion & Truffle Porcini Emulsion


  • Yuzu Macaron
  • Matcha & Sudachi Opera Cake
  • Kinako & Whisky Chocolate Cigar
  • Strawberry & Vanilla Namelaka, Cherry Blossom Jelly


(V) Vegetarian Champagne and Sparkling Wine option also include choice of tea or coffee


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The Waiting Room, Crown Towers Melbourne:

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Crown Towers Melbourne, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006


Available Friday to Sunday from 11am until the 30th of September 2023.


Served with flowing Piper-Heidsieck ‘Essentiel’ (2 hours) - 149 pp
Served with a glass of Piper-Heidsieck ‘Essentiel’ - 109 pp
Served with Tea and Vittoria Coffee - 89 pp Nikka

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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