High Coffee at the InterContinental Melbourne

Photographer: Michelle Milton
InterContinental Melbourne
InterContinental Melbourne

Melburnians are well-known for their love of coffee, so it comes as no surprise that a venue has given the high tea concept a thoroughly Melbourne twist and introduced high coffee.

High Coffee at the InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto
High Coffee

Forget a glass of sparkling at arrival and cups of tea to follow, at InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto, the High Tea Society is greeted with an expresso martini and then offered a coffee of our choosing.

But never fear, high tea purists: the more traditional option with champagne and tea is also available here.

High coffee is served in the Market Lane Bar within the InterContinental, overlooking the hotel’s rather impressive light filled glass atrium.

The bar, which is billed as a “vintage whisky bar meets New York supper club”, is an intimate space with wood-panelled walls, colourful artworks, lounges, high-backed leather chairs, cushions and glass-top tables.

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Expresso martini
Expresso martini
High Coffee at the InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto
High Coffee at the InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto
High Coffee at the InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto
High Coffee at the InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto

The high tea itself is served on a three-tier cake stand, with plain and chocolate scones served at the same time on a separate plate.

Disappointingly, the coffee theme does not continue with the menu and there’s not a single coffee flavoured item on the menu.

However, what is on the menu is still rather nice.

In particular, there was a generous serving of fresh salmon on the smoked salmon bagel, and the black forest cake and blueberry cheesecake were impressive desserts.

The service is polite and attentive but not intrusive.

At $65 per head, the offering is good value for money, considering that an expresso martini in any bar is likely to set you back $20 alone.

High Coffee at the InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto
High Coffee at the InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto
Scones with jam and cream
Scones with jam and cream
Millawa ashed goats cheese with rooftop honey sandwich and smoked salmon bagel
Millawa ashed goats cheese with rooftop honey sandwich and smoked salmon bagel
Chocolate and plain scones
Chocolate and plain scones
Prosciutto and asparagus quiche and Wagyu beef pies
Prosciutto and asparagus quiche and Wagyu beef pies

InterContinental Melbourne Rialto High Coffee Menu

  • Smoked salmon bagel
  • Honey glazed ham and seeded mustard baguette
  • Millawa ashed goats cheese with rooftop honey sandwich
  • Plain scones
  • Chocolate scones
  • Cream and strawberry jam
  • Savoury muffin
  • Prosciutto and asparagus quiche
  • Wagyu beef pies
  • Blueberry cheesecake
  • Black forest cake
  • Pistachio macaron
  • Blackberry crumble
  • Espresso martini on arrival, followed by your coffee of choice.
  • A gluten free menu is available.

InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto:

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495 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000

When:

Wednesday to Sunday 2- 5pm

Cost:

High Coffee $65 per person a High Tea menu is also available at $65 per person

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

About
Charlene Macaulay

Charlene Macaulay has been a High Tea Society contributor since 2013 and loves that she gets to pair her passion for food and writing when doing reviews. When she’s not sampling ribbon sandwiches and scones, she writes hard news and features for the Wyndham Star Weekly newspaper. She’s also a lover of high heels, travelling and Grey’s Anatomy.