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Baby Ho’s Baby Shower – Conservatory, Crown

Congratulations dear friend and fellow food blogger Lianne (Food Made With Love) who is expecting her first child in August :) She’s heading home back to Singapore for a couple of months to deliver the baby and spend time with family. But it wouldn’t be right for her to leave before we threw her a baby shower! We decided to leave the handwork of baking and cooking to others and chose to have afternoon tea at the Conservatory at Crown Casino ~

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It’s been such a long time since I’ve visited the Conservatory, and since then it’s gone through a renovation and it’s looking more modern with more natural light coming through. The Afternoon tea is $50 per head and is offered 3pm-5pm on Saturdays and 3:30pm-5:30pm on Sunday.

Conservatory

It’s a buffet style which is great because it means free flow of food and you can pick and choose what you want more or less of ~ It had all the usual items you would expect at any high the ribbon sandwiches, bruschetta and mini pies.

Good range of savouries

Good range of savouries

However, what really impressed me was the Chinese roasts, especially the Peking duck pancakes, BBQ Pork Buns and dumplings which I’ve never had before. Another idea just came to me, I’m sure someone else has done it before but I think a Yum Cha high tea would be fun too!

Cheese

For those who don’t fancy Chinese, you can also have some Grissini breadsticks, dried fruit and a range of cheeses which I know Ashly (Im So Hungree) will appreciate!

Scones

 

It wouldn’t be a high tea without SCONES even better when it’s unlimited, you get a choice of plain or fruit ones and also clotted cream and strawberry or raspberry jam to serve with.

Chocolate Fountain

Chocolate Fountain

But the most important part of afternoon tea or anything meal is always DESSERT for me :) And for those who have a sweet tooth like me, you will not be disappointed here at Conservatory. They have a large bench full of sweet goodness. Let’s start with the chocolate fountains! Yup it’s plural because they have 4 flavours, dark, milk, white and an orange flavoured, dip strawberries, marshmallows and whatever you fancy ~

Gianduja mousse cake

Gianduja mousse cake

All the cakes were so pretty look at these mini Gianduja mousse cake with a short crust biscuit base and finished with a little silver leaf ~

Black Forest cake

Black Forest cake

Berry Cheesecake

Berry Cheesecake

If you haven’t noticed these amazing photos are taken by the one and only Iron Chef Shellie so of course I had to use more of these photos hehe I need lessons! I didn’t get to try all these cakes but they’re all so gorgeous.

Lemon Tart

Lemon Tart

I did get to try this Lemon Tart and it was wonderfully made with a good short crust pastry and a creamy filling which wasn’t too tart or sweet ~ Really liked the use of the mini merengue and strawberries which gave it some texture and flavour. Overall, we were quite happy with the afternoon tea here, my only comment would be 2 hours seemed a little rushed when you calculate the time spent queuing up in line at the food stations but definitely a great place to go with a bunch of girls. As a matter fact I didn’t see any men :P

 

Couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon and to celebrate such a great news with Lianne :) Wishing her the very best with the delivery of her little bundle of joy and can’t wait to catch up with you again and meet Baby Ho in person!

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Tiffin Afternoon Tea – Langham Hotel, Hong Kong

It’s no secret that I love high teas :) So if you’re a fan like me, you’ll have to make a trip to Hong Kong because so many places offer it and I find them to be relatively cheaper than the high teas we have in Melbourne ~ I’ve visited the Langham Hotel in Hong Kong before and dined at a couple of their restaurants and would recommend the Main St Deli for their burgers. I’ve also had drinks at the Palm Court before but wasn’t aware that they offered high tea there.

Palm Court, Langham Hotel HK

Palm Court, Langham Hotel HK

I was definitely surprised and slightly overwhelmed when I received an email from the Langham hotel in HK inviting me to try their afternoon tea set. I was also asked to bring a friend so I invited Win Win because she loves high tea as much as I do :) Because we couldn’t find a baby sitter we decided to bring my little nephew Aden with us, thankfully the staff at Palm Court were very understanding and made us feel so welcomed.

Smile Aden!

Smile Aden!

Here’s my naughty but nice nephew Aden :) I’m sure regular readers would recognise him, he’s grown up quite a bit and I can’t believe he’s actually turning 4 this year! Time honestly flies by without you knowing! Perhaps because he was so well behaved he was also given his own mini afternoon tea set for only $98HKD ($14AUD) which is basically a smaller version of the one you’re going to see in this post ~

Win Win and I really like the ambience of the Palm Court it’s got the traditional Victorian feeling to it, with light music playing in the background and I really liked the silver that they used it was super shiny giving that regal feeling ~ I can imagine sitting here all afternoon chatting to my girlfriends.

Starting with some champagne

Starting with some champagne

Another surprise from Langham, they organised for our afternoon tea with some champagne and not only that it was Veuve Clicquot which I absolutely adore. I use to really like Moet and Chandon but lately, I’m starting to find that I enjoy the Veuve Clicquot more ~

 

Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate

Of course Aden is a little bit too young to start drinking! So they offered him a hot chocolate which he kindly accepted. We had to keep telling him to slow down and not scull the drink! For blogging purposes :P I took a sip of his hot chocolate, and was warm milk lightly flavoured with chocolate, I personally would have preferred it with a richer chocolate flavour. However, this is probably great for little kids as it’s not too sweet.

Tiffan Afternoon Tea $428HKD ($62AUD) for two +10% Service Charge

Tiffan Afternoon Tea $428HKD ($62AUD) for two +10% Service Charge

Now that we’ve settled in having a drink, staff then came to explain that they offer two afternoon tea sets – Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and The Beast. The first being more fruit based and the latter has more chocolate and sweeter desserts. Both sets come with the same savoury items as you can see on the bottom layer with selection of sandwiches such as slow cooked chicken and foie gras warp and smoked salmon with horseradish cream. I’m a simple person and enjoyed the sandwich with the egg perhaps quail egg the most ~

Moving onto Sweets!

They were very attentive and decided to split the afternoon tea set and to allow me try both sets. From the Sleeping Beauty desserts (on the left) there is mango coconut tartlet, raspberry brioche, passionfruit fruit quark cheesecake. I was particularly impressed with the crisp profiterole with green apple even though the filling was a little sour the pastry was done very well. On the right is the desserts from Beauty and The Beast with hazelnut and chocolate chip cupcake, Opera cake and bitter chocolate and vanilla cream tartlet. Hard to pick my favourite but it’s probably the little tarlet because the flavours complimented each other so well.

More sweets!

More sweets!

Then there were more treats on the top layer, definitely my type of high tea. With three types of chocolate bark in the shot glass on the left, followed by the lemon ‘marshmallow’ macaron, panna cotta and the last was a chocolate mousse with a berry jelly filling topped with fresh cream.

Scones with clotted cream and preserves

Scones with clotted cream and preserves

I was so naive and thought that because we already had too much food, we won’t get scones hahaha but that’s not true we got some scones to share which came with clotted cream and strawberry jam and I think it was rose preserves (please correct me if I’m wrong).

Cream first? Jam first?

Cream first? Jam first?

I always have this argument with my friends, is it cream first or jam first? I’m definitely a cream first sort of girl but decided to conform and do it the ‘right’ way according to my friends hehe ~ No matter which way you eat them, scones are always good and these did not disappoint with a slight crust and still slightly warm inside.

English Breakfast Tea

English Breakfast Tea

To finish up and help with digestion, I got an English Breakfast tea :) Can’t help but thank Langham Hotel for their generosity Win Win and I had a wonderful time at Palm Court and really enjoyed the high tea. Would definitely recommend it for other high tea addicts out there, and don’t forget the Langham Hotel is in a great location. Right off Canton Rd in Tsim Sha Tsui, trust me it’s every girls dream there! They have literally all the brands you can imagine ~

Daisy and WinWin@Nevertoosweet dined at as guests of Palm Court, Langham Hotel HK 

 

Meeting Nami (JOC) – Hanlai Hotel, Kaohsiung

Big huge hello to all My Dearest Readers! How have you all been? I have been keeping up with most of you through Instagram and other forms of Social Media, but boy I’ve missed blogging. Have been so preoccupied trying to catch up with everyone in HK and also doing some (erm…maybe a LOT) of shopping :D

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Have so so so many new stories, restaurant and cafe to share with you. But the first one would have to be meeting Namiko Chen from Just One Cookbook! If you like Japanese food and have tried to Google for Japanese recipes, I’m sure you would have come across Nami’s amazing blog with easy to follow recipes, step-by-step photos and she has recently added videos for her recipes!

Just One Cookbook

Nami and I have followed each others blog for quite some time now, and we’ve always talked about meeting up one day. Coincidentally, last week Nami posted up on Instagram that she was flying to Kaohsiung, Taiwan to attend her brother-in-law’s wedding. I was ecstatic! Because I too was going to Kaohsiung the next day, so I boldly messaged Nami and asked if she would like and have the time to meet up. So excited she said yes, so we quickly organised to meet on the Tuesday afternoon at the hotel lobby lounge cafe at the Hanlai Hotel.

Hanlai Hotel

Hanlai Hotel

I got out of the taxi and started looking around the cafe when I saw a lady wave at me and I recognised that was Nami and her husband! She was everything I imagined her to be, the sweetest, gentlest and most genuine people you can meet! We had such a good time talking about everything from how she started her blog all the way to how she moved from Japan to the US and the challenges there are. I also shared all the crazy things I get up to down under hehe

Hello Nami!

Hello Nami!

Moving onto the food, we decided to get the tea set which was $299TWD ($12AUD) each including a drink. It was such a generous serving and we simply did not expect so much food, the food was served on a little 2 tier stand with sweets on the top and savoury on the bottom.

Afternoon Tea set $299TWD ($13AUD) + 10% Service Charge

Afternoon Tea set $299TWD ($13AUD) + 10% Service Charge

Starting with the savoury items, there were two tuna sandwiches, a baguette with a piece of ham and a petite serving of pasta prawn with a spicy tomato sauce. I really enjoyed the baguette with the ham as it had good flavour and crunch from the bread. The prawn pasta was a little spicy for Nami but I thought it was quite nice maybe because I like spicy food.

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Then there were the sweets, we all got a small serving of fruit which I thought was really nice as it’s quite refreshing, a small square sponge cake with vanilla custard which was my absolutely favourite. The sponge cake had the lightest texture. Last but not least we all got a different piece of cake, I got the strawberry shortcake which I knew Mr Bao would’ve loved because this is one of his favourite cakes! There was, however, a little too much cream for me.

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We were also given an extensive list of drinks to choose from, not just tea or coffee. I ordered the iced coffee latte with coffee jelly and it was lovely with a strong coffee taste but what really impressed me was the coffee jelly which I kept scooping into my mouth~ I also like how most restaurants and cafe have set meals which include a drink, while it doesn’t seem as common in Australia.

Iced coffee latte with coffee jelly

Iced coffee latte with coffee jelly

Would highly recommend anyone going to Kaohsiung to stay or visit the Hanlai Hotel and try the afternoon tea. I think it’s really good value for money, for less than $15AUD you get to enjoy a wonderful afternoon tea with delicious food and drinks. The atmosphere is also really nice for a bunch of girls to get together and chit chat.

Once again would like to thank Nami and Mr JOC (her hubby) for meeting me! It was such a pleasure to finally put a face to a blog and I really admire their dedication to their blog and have become so inspired by them to really put more effort and time into my own little blog! Hope you have a safe flight back to San Francisco and I’m sure we will meet again either :D

Hanlai Hotel
No.266, Cheng-kung 1st Rd
Kaohsiung City 801, Taiwan R.O.C.
高雄市前金區801成功一路266號
PH: 886-2-2751-7527
Website: http://www.grand-hilai.com.tw/english/index.htm

Birthday Celebrations – Ganache High Tea

Yesterday was an important day, it was my BIRTHDAY hehe :) I admit my Dearest Readers, I’m one of those attention-seeking friends and love celebrating my birthday with all my loved ones! Usually my birthday celebrations last for at least a week…but it’s quite often that they will last for a month :P

Ganache high tea

I got lucky and my birthday was a public holiday, because Australia day landed on a Sunday so we got the Monday off as well YAY! So i definitely made the most of this long weekend, the first birthday celebration started with a high tea with my fellow blogger friends at Ganache on Toorak Rd. It’s one of my favourite chocolate cafes in Melbourne so I was thrilled when they told me, they could do a high tea for me in their back room.

For $30 each we all started with a glass of champers followed by a traditional high tea set with savoury and sweets and of course a choice between the famously delicious hot chocolate, tea or chocolate infused chai tea ~

Look at us with our cameras hehe

Look at us with our cameras hehe

Ta Da! This was our high tea set, with a full plate of freshly made sandwiches on the bottom with roast chicken and smoked salmon. It was then followed by quiche with goats chesse and another with tomato, it had a smooth texture. But what we all really enjoyed was the Parisian tea cake which is an almond topped with chocolate, hazelnuts or cranberries. It was so moist and lightly dense and not too sweet for my blogger friends :P

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On the very top layer was a range of they signature gateaux cakes with hazelnut fan slice, brownie mousse slice, rapsberry chocolate mousse and passionfruit and mango. They’re all so delicious but the hazelnut fan slice was by far my top pick.

Gateaux YUM!

Gateaux YUM!

As if we didn’t have enough food, there was also two stands full of macarons, chocolate pralines and Swiss chocolate muffins. The texture of the macarons were wonderful, especially the dark chocolate macaron. We had so much food, we were all given paper boxes to take things home, so even though Mr Bao didn’t come he tried a little bit of everything hehe

Macaron Ganache

Macarons goes best with hot chocolate :) They actually make the hot chocolates using a Ganache base which is why it’s super smooth, rich and utterly wonderful!

Ganache Hot chocolate

I was honestly so spoilt that day, because I outsourced my camera duties to Agnes who took all the photos for this post thank you! And then BBFF Shellie totally outdid herself again but making an AMAZING Thai Milk Tea crepe cake!!!

Thai Milk Tea Crepe Cake

Thai Milk Tea Crepe Cake

There were so many layers, I swear there’s at least over 25 crepes to make this cake!!! I can’t thank Shellie enough I’ve been gushing over this cake since she’s made it and posted it on her Instagram :)

Thai Milk Tea Crepe cake

If you like Thai Milk Tea you’ll definitely like this crepe cake, especially when paired with the Thai Milk Tea drizzle, if you’re game enough and have the patience Shellie has already blogged the recipe here ~

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Absolutely loved the cake and thanks Ash for taking this photo for me :) One of my favourite birthday photos yet!

My Dear Blogmily :)

My Dear Blogmily :)

Awwww Thanh closed his eyes in this pic! But this is my blogmily :) Thanks so much everyone for coming! Hope you all had fun and I still think starting my blog and getting to know you guys was the best decision I’ve made!

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Vogue High Tea – Langham Hotel

I have always been into food and desserts but before the food blog, there was MAKE UP! I was (still am) obsessed and friend use to tell me to start a make up blog, but then I realised I didn’t really like taking photos of my face all the time :P Anyhow, I’m a fan of fashion magazines because I love reading about the new trends and Vogue is one magazine I love flipping through. I always find their styles so timeless.

Vogue High Tea

Vogue High Tea

Last week I received an email from Sascha from Liquid Ideas asking for my address because Langham wanted to send me a small gift. I was immediately intrigued and knew that it would be something sweet hehe and I was right! That same afternoon a courier arrived with a small white box and told me not to shake it. I gently placed it on to the table and started to opening and couldn’t help let out a little shriek when I saw the super cute cakes and Vogue eclairs! Such a sweet and thoughtful gift, I have never had any cakes delivered to my house ~ It totally made my day and I was smiling from one ear to the other.

Vogue High Tea Champagne

I was then invited to try the new Vogue High tea which is a collaboration between Vogue Australia and Langham Hotel in Melbourne to create a trendy and classy high tea in celebration of the spring races. Definitely could not say no as I have always like the high teas at the Langham ~ I asked Lianne to be my plus one because I knew she would appreciate it a lot more than say Mr Bao :P Most appropriately we started the event with a glass of Chandon champagne each.

Vogue High Tea set

Vogue High Tea set

Very quickly the Vogue high tea arrived, a very traditional afternoon set with ribbon sandwiches at the bottom – egg mayo, poached chicken, smoked salmon and cucumbers. Really appreciate the freshness of the sandwiches and egg and mayonnaise is still my favourite!

Scones - clotted cream, jam and butter

Scones – clotted cream, jam and butter

I really hope one day I will be able to make pretty looking scones like these. Last time I tried to make them they were fine flavour and texture wise but they definitely looked like huge volcano balls! These were freshly baked still warm to tough when we had them and served with clotted cream and strawberry jam ~

Vogue themed sweets

Vogue themed sweets

Now lets move on to my favourite part and that’s all the sweets on the top tier. I could seriously skip the other two (ok maybe not scones) but definitely forgo the sandwiches for some more macarons hehe ~ There’s a good selection of goodies – chocolate macaron, lace cookie, very vanilla cupcake, Vogue strawberry eclair, lamington bon bons and chocolate salted caramel popcorn tarts.

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It’s hard to pick a favourite but it would have to the chocolate salted caramel popcorn mini tarts which had a little banana flavour through it. Another one that I liked was the Vogue strawberry eclairs I loved how small and dainty they were and the strawberry creme patisserie filling inside was lovely!  While the lace biscuits were so pretty and I could imagine how nice they will look at a wedding ~
Parisian Tea

Parisian Tea

Lianne also got a tea, and I recommended the Parisian tea that is quite popular I actually haven’t tried myself but heard it’s rather fruity and refreshing. She described that it had hints of vanilla, definitely going to have to try next time I go ~

Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate

While I got a hot chocolate which was nice, I would’ve liked it even more if it was thicker and more chocolatey.

I had a wonderful girly afternoon with Lianne and enjoyed working through the high tea set, I recommend skipping lunch or having a super small lunch before coming there’s definitely enough food for 2 or 3 ladies :) The Vogue high tea is now available from now until the 8th of November for $65 per head including a glass of Chandon and the latest Vogue magazine. Remember to book early especially for Melbourne cup day.
Aria Bar and Lounge 
1 Southgate Avenue
Melbourne, VIC 3006
The Langham Hotel
PH: 1800 641 107
Daisy@Nevertoosweet dined as a guest of The Langham Hotel Melbourne and Liquid Ideas

Chocolate Bar Afternoon Tea – The Langham

I have always liked The Langham Hotel in Melbourne, it’s really classy and provides a great view of the Yarra River. Coincidentally, my office is walking distance to it so there have been days when my colleagues and I would wonder into the gift shop at the hotel on our lunch breaks and look at all the pretty things they have. We have also had coffee a few times at the Aria Bar and Lounge :) Yup we’re very spoilt to have such a nice hotel right next to us ~

But since January this year, I have changed teams and now I am not always at the office in the City, instead I need to be on the clients side at their office in the suburbs :( And I don’t think words can describe how much I miss working next to the Langham!

Chocolate Bar Afternoon Tea

Finally this weekend I had the chance to go back to the Langham with BBFF (Shellie), Ms I-Hua, Zeboy and Agnes to try out their Chocolate Bar Afternoon Tea. There was chocolate, scones and tea you bet I was gonna be there! Super excited :D

Chocolate bar buffet

Chocolate bar buffet

The main feature of this afternoon tea was their chocolate bar buffet, with petit four sized cakes, mousses, desserts and everything I wanted :D We didn’t get to meet Rommel the head pastry chef, but we met another very talented young pastry chef Yanni who told us, that each item they made used a different type of chocolate from different origins. They may use Belgian chocolate for their mousse but then use single origin Vanuatu chocolate for another dessert ~ Very specific!

Ms I-Hua's tower of awesomeness

Tower of Happiness

Ms I-Hua dubbed this the Tier of Awesomeness which I totally agree but I think Tower of Happiness applies to me more because simply looking at this tower makes me so so so happy! Anyhow, on the bottom tier its the Le Ceries – a macaron base, topped with dark chocolate mousse and Morcello cherries. Next is the Zen milk chocolate base with rice bubbles, fleuntine, framboise jelly, pistachio cream pattisier and slivered pistachio I couldn’t get enough of the crunchy base. Then it was The Garden with a macaron base, coconut mousse and mango jelly filling and covered in desiccated coconut. Second top tier Cremoux - giandula and java milk chocolate, rice bubbles, flaunting, chocolate dacquise base and Sao-thorne cremoux and finally on the top layer was the chewy banana milk chocolate fudge top with salted caramel popcorn it is deathly sweet but just the way I like it :D

Chocolate Fountain

Chocolate Fountain

They also had another table with a chocolate fountain with strawberries and marshmallows, but really I just wanted to stick my whole head in. Someone on Instagram suggested using a straw and just drinking the melted chocolate, great idea if you ask me and probably more hygienic :P

Moët & Chandon champagne and first round sweets

Moët & Chandon champagne and first round sweets

Doing it in full Sweet Queen style, I obviously started with a plate of desserts and also a glass of Moët & Chandon champagne :D I was instantly on a sugar high, sorry guys if I was a little hyperactive and wouldn’t shut up!

Savoury and Scones

3 tired stand

Don’t worry for those who aren’t crazy about sugar, I think you will still like this afternoon tea, because it also comes with a 3 tired stand with your classic afternoon tea savoury items.

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On the bottom was their sausage rolls served with ketchup, really liked the puff pastry and filling was delicious too. Most welcomed by Agnes who can’t deal with too much sweet ~ Following that was the plain and fruit scones which had a really good base was served with strawberry jam and clotted cream. Also had a little dish of butter for those who preferred that. Last but not least on the top was a variety of sandwiches made from soft fresh bread – smoked salmon rolls, cucumber ribbon, and my favourite was the egg mayonnaise and cress. It also had a slice of baguette bread, ham and parmesan which I didn’t try because I had already hit my savoury limit.

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Continuing with the sweets, starting from top left corner was a white chocolate mousse cake with pretty edible flowers, followed by white chocolate panna cotta with a framboise coulis and mango jelly was definitely Shellie’s favourite, can’t go wrong with biscotti dipped in dark chocolate and The Pisa a chocolate cup filled with Rhubarb compote, strawberry creme and finished with dark chocolate ganache. A shame Mr Bao couldn’t try it because I know he would’ve loved this!

Chocolate Rocks & Pebbles

Chocolate Rocks & Pebbles

I really couldn’t find any item that I didn’t like, but there were a few that deserves to be mentioned individually and this Chocolate Rocks and Pebbles is definitely one of them. The base a fleuntine which is something I love so much crispy thin crepe pieces, rice chocolate cripsy balls, milk chocolate crumble and handmade chocolate marshmallow. But to finish off you drizzle chocolate sauce over it one word ‘AMAZING’!

Pear Willing Madagascar Park Couverture Tart

Pear William Madagascar Park Couverture Tart

These Pear William Madagascar Park Couverture Tart was something else that caught my attention, in a crispy sweet shortcrust pastry case, frangipane, sliced pear William and chocolate glaze and finished up with a little gold leaf so fancy :)

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I’m sure I don’t need to prove to you I tried everything but here it is proof that I tried everything :P Oh I forgot to mention about the Langham Opera Torte with Tropical Amer Ganache, which is the layered cake on the right hand side. It comprised of a pistachio jaconde, framboise cream, framboise jelly and dark chocolate grande. Quite a complex cake with so many layers and flavours that complimented each other quite well. I think Zeboy was quite happy as he’s a fan of Opera cakes.

Chocolate Fountain

I’m sorry for the photo spam, but I am a sucker for the Chocolate Fountain and think it deserves another photo! I couldn’t leave without getting something from the chocolate fountain.

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Chocolate covered strawberries and chocolate madeleine

I came back to the table with not only  chocolate covered strawberries but also a chocolate madeleine with a dollop of custard. Don’t judge! It was moist and had a fudgey centre and was more like a pudding than a madeleine.

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Peppermint Tea

We were offered tea or coffee, but I later found out that you could get hot chocolate after I ordered the peppermint tea :( So sad! Because it would’ve been the perfect way to end the afternoon tea. But I guess this will keep my doctor happy that I had some tea instead hehe

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The Chocolate Bar Afternoon Tea is currently offered on the weekends at the Aria Bar and Lounge and is $75 per adult. For more information please visit their website. Compared to some other high teas it may seem a little more expensive, but given the full spread of desserts and chocolate fountain, I definitely think it’s worth it! I would recommend this for a special occasions such as birthdays or bridal showers :) I also heard that they have children themes high teas during the school holidays last year it was Barbie and this year it’s Peter Pan, I wonder if they’ll let me book a children’s high tea even though I’m clearly overage :P

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Daisy@Nevertoosweet dined as a guest of The Langham Melbourne and Media Moguls. 

Morning Tea – At The Gables

I love afternoon teas :) And I’m sure if you’ve read my blog for a while you will know hehe I love everything about it the concept of girls ( and maybe boys) sitting together enjoying scones and just chatting about everything ~ I’ve been very spoilt and tried out many afternoon teas in Hong Kong, but unfortunately it doesn’t seem as common in Melbourne.

The Gables

The Gables

That’s why when Alice and Annette my colleagues asked if I’d like to join them for afternoon tea at The Gables, I immediately jumped at the opportunity :) The name ‘The Gables’ immediately reminds me of the book that I use to read as a child ‘Anne of Green Gables’, have you read that book before? :) I use to love it and read the whole series! Anyhow, I have  heard of The Gables House and Mansion in Malvern East before but didn’t know that they offered afternoon tea every Wednesday for $45 and Sunday $55 both include a class of French Champagne.

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We booked for the early Sunday seating which started at 11am and ends at 1pm, not very long for an afternoon tea and it should really be called a morning tea instead :P There is ample parking in front of The Gambles mansion, its a Victorian style house made out of brick with white fences all around it ~ very nice and can see why many people choose to this as their wedding venue.

Dessert Buffet

Dessert Buffet

Upon walking in, we were immediately greeted by a friendly waitress and also a large table filled full of desserts :) That’s when I realised that desserts was going to be served in a buffet style ~ I couldn’t have been happier!

The waitress then led us to a room on the right where there were 5 to 6 tables, we were placed in the middle of the room, which was fine, but we would have wanted a little more privacy and could hear the conversations from the tables around us and would have preferred a table closer to the window.

Champagne

Champagne

Another waitress then came to offer us a glass of Champagne but unfortunately, I couldn’t see or remember the type but I know it was from France hehe it was a rather light tasting Champagne and not my usual favourite Moet & Chandon.

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Very quickly our ginormous 3-tiered stand full of savouries arrived at our table :) My colleagues aren’t really use to going out with a food blogger, that’s why I quickly took the photos and didn’t want to take took long taking the photos. So sorry in advance for the not-so-great photos ~

Sandwiches

Sandwiches

Starting at the bottom, there’s a range of little triangle sandwiches with a variety for us to choose from – egg and lettuce, chicken and chives and smoked salmon with caper berries. I was impressed how fresh and soft the bread was and the filings in the sandwiches were also delicious. If I was to be picky, they would have looked better if the sandwiches were cut into little squares instead to make them look fancier :P

Mini pies and quiches

Mini pies and quiches

The middle layer had mini beef and burgundy pies and spinach and feta quiches, unfortunately they look and tasted like supermarket-bought quality. The fillings for them were nice but the pastry was very thick and not very buttery which was a shame.

Scones plain and whole wheat mixed berry

Scones plain and fruit scones

At the very top layer was the scones, plain ones and other which we can’t work out, it tasted like whole wheats with some mixed berries. It was also served strawberry jam which looked and tasted more like strawberry jelly and also whipped cream. I found the scones to be strangely moist and dense and not as fluffy as I would have liked.

Jam, cream and butter

Jam, cream and butter

The afternoon tea also provided unlimited teas, they had a good variety of teas from the regular English Breakfast through more exquisite teas such as green tea with jasmine flowers and Galle District OPI Orange Pekge) tea.

English Breakfast Tea

English Breakfast Tea

Even though the savouries and scones weren’t that exciting, I was super excited about the dessert buffet   on the large table in the foyer. They had such a large range of goodies macarons, cupcakes, variety of slices, mini tarts, fresh fruit and little chocolate profiteroles.

Dessert Buffet Table

Dessert Buffet Table

So many to choose from! We had a hard time deciding! But once again, I recognised some of the desserts and have seen them at many cafes, I suspect from the same supplier.

My selection

My selection

I am trying to learn the art of eating in moderation so I only got a small plate and tried a few things :D Starting from the left the coffee panna cotta tasted more like coffee mousse topped with a thick layer of coffee jelly and dollop of whipped cream. The berry jelly and chocolate mousse was nice and smooth, but the pistachio macaron shell was too hard and had barely any filling and last but not least the mixed berry cheesecake was actually my favourite, velvety rich cream cheese with crushed berries through it.

Regrettably, I wouldn’t describe this afternoon tea to be one of the best, but it was certainly lots of fun and good to spend some time with the girls. We have now moved into different teams and work on different sites, so it’s hard for us to meet up. I would still recommend you visiting The Gables for afternoon tea if you’re looking for a nice quiet place near the city for tea that also offers a dessert buffet this is the place :) It’s also perfect for Mother’s day since it’s just around the corner, a shame my mother will only eat Chinese food and afternoon tea is out of the question :P

The Gables 
15 Finch St, Malvern East
Melbourne Victoria
PH: +61 3 9563 6108 

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