High Tea at the Stamford Plaza Melbourne

Photographer: Michelle Milton
Stamford Plaza Melbourne
Stamford Plaza Melbourne

Melbourne’s Stamford Plaza Hotel has given its high tea menu a makeover - and the High Tea Society was among the first to give it a try.

High Tea at the Stamford Plaza Melbourne
High Tea at the Stamford Plaza Melbourne

Melbourne’s Stamford Plaza Hotel has given its high tea menu a makeover – and the High Tea Society was among the first to give it a try.

Served in the Edinburgh Room on level one of the hotel, we are greeted with the sounds of a live violinist as we walk in.

Our server Laura directs us to our table, which is laid out to perfection – think white linen tablecloths and napkins, a pot full of sugar cubes and mini silver tongs and simple, yet elegant, Dudson fine china.

Laura immediately offers us a glass of champagne and takes our tea order.

There’s eight Harney and Sons loose-leaf varieties to choose from, each served in their own teapot, with accompanying mini jugs of milk (if desired), and delicate silver strainers to capture any errant tea leaves as you pour your tea.

The Edinburgh room is an intimate space and can fit 50 at capacity. The decor of the room itself is somewhat dated, but the immaculate table setting makes up for it.

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High Tea at the Stamford Plaza Melbourne
High Tea at the Stamford Plaza Melbourne
High Tea at the Stamford Plaza Melbourne
High Tea at the Stamford Plaza Melbourne
High Tea at the Stamford Plaza Melbourne
High Tea at the Stamford Plaza Melbourne

There’s a good ratio of sweet and savoury items on this revamped menu, which is served on a three-tier cake stand.

We start off with the finger sandwiches, which include all the traditional fillings one expects to find at a high tea – including even cucumber sandwiches.

Our favourite, hands-down, was the chicken sandwich, which had a great crunch to it thanks to the inclusion of celery, Granny Smith apples and walnuts.

Moving up to the middle tier, we’re informed that the curry puff is a 200-year-old recipe that is used in every Stamford Plaza Hotel – and for good reason, because it was delicious.

So too were the other savoury items, which included a nutty Otway pork belly croquette with macadamia, and ashed goat cheese and sweet fig tartlets.

Scones with jam and cream
Scones with jam and cream
High Tea at the Stamford Plaza Melbourne
High Tea at the Stamford Plaza Melbourne
High Tea at the Stamford Plaza Melbourne
High Tea at the Stamford Plaza Melbourne
High Tea at the Stamford Plaza Melbourne
High Tea at the Stamford Plaza Melbourne
Charlene Macaulay at the Stamford Plaza Melbourne
Charlene Macaulay at the Stamford Plaza Melbourne

Up top were four good-sized petit fours – again, all beautifully presented all and delicious.

The scones – which included one plain and one raisin per person – were served last and, most importantly, served warm, accompanied by generous servings of home-made jam and devonshire cream.

Overall, the Stamford’s new high tea menu is impressive and well worth a try.

Live music at the Stamford Plaza High Tea
Live music at the Stamford Plaza High Tea

Stamford Plaza Hotel High Tea Menu

  • Croquette of Otway Pork belly, slow cooked with candied macadamia nuts
  • Stamford Curry Puffs
  • Golden puff pastry wrapped around potatoes, chicken, mild curry, prepared with an old secret recipe passed on from generation to generation.
  • Tartlets of ashed goats cheese, sweet figs, ‘5 year’ aged balsamic vinegar with caramelised onion (vegetarian)
  • Cold-smoked Tasman salmon sandwich, baby watercress & dill cream cheese
  • Classic curried egg sandwich, green onions
  • English ribbon chicken sandwich, celery, Granny Smith apples & walnuts
  • Traditional cucumber sandwich with lemon-herb butter
  • House-baked plain and raisin scones served with Devonshire cream & homemade strawberry preserve
  • Layered lime & coconut pave
  • Mille-feuille of vanilla & crème patisserie
  • Dark chocolate éclair, chocolate shaves & gold dust
  • Red velvet macaron, cream cheese frosting

Stamford Plaza Melbourne:

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111 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000

When:

The Stamford Plaza serves high tea between 2pm and 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Cost:

$65 per person with a glass of Deutz sparkling wine; $79 with a glass of Mumm Cordon Rouge Champagne

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

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.

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