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Chinese New Year High Tea at Laduree, Westfield Sydney


Happy Chinese New Year 2017! Can’t believe another year had past and it’s the new year again! We spent the new year in Taiwan and Perth and I had only just arrived back in Sydney last week. It was straight back to work, full time at the secondment office and night time work at my own office as required! Needless to say today, Oz Day is the first day I am free during the day time. I had initially agreed to do some work today as well but luckily my colleague in Malaysia told me it’s “un-Australian” like to work during a public holiday so it was cancelled. Phew!

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*High Tea at Pan Pacific Hotel*


The Engineer Eats was recently invited to a high tea at the Origins Restaurant in Pan Pacific. I was very excited as Pan Pacific has always been one of my favorite spot for high tea having been there a couple of times in past years.  I was doubly excited as Pan Pacific had recently appointed Michelin Star Chef Paul Gaspa as Executive Chef to oversee the hotel’s two award-winning restaurants, Montereys and Origins, as well as the hotel’s 24 Hour In-Room Dining, Pacific Club Lounge and it’s meeting and event facilities. New Executive Chef = New Menu! I’m in!

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The Muse Cafe, Northbridge


Eat Drink Perth 2014 fell in the month of April this year and I remembered being quite excited as I went through the events listing in the FRESH Plus magazine from the West on the Saturday afternoon. Which events should I go to? My eyes stopped at the High Tea section (I do love a good High Tea!). There were three to pick from, High Tea at the Muse Cafe, Sen5es Restaurant in Novotel Perth or the Pan Pacific Perth. As I’d been to the Pan Pacific High Tea a couple of times previously, my choice was narrowed down to either the Muse Cafe or the Sen5es Restaurant. I decided to go for the Muse Cafe as I have not been to the WA Museum building before, neither have I heard of the Muse Cafe. A great opportunity to visit and find out more about the place and building!

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Origins Restaurant (Pan Pacific), Perth


Entertainment Card 13/14: 25% off (up to a value of $55)

Origins Restaurant in the Pan Pacific Hotel is one of my favorite spot for High Tea, having been there a couple of years back for their Christmas in July High Tea and really loved it. I found the menu carefully thought out with a range of different ingredients and not just the usual sandwiches and scones you see nowadays.

This time I was back to celebrate my birthday and it did not disappoint! Prices had gone up to $52pp (effective 1st April 2014), and includes complimentary sparkling wine throughout the afternoon. It used to be that you can choose between an alcoholic or non-alcoholic High Tea for a cheaper price but this option is no longer available.

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Cafe at the Hyatt, East Perth


Entertainment Card 09/10: 25% off (up to a value of $45)

The Cafe at the Hyatt is a featured restaurant of the Perth Hyatt Regency Hotel in East Perth and had recently been refurbished to bring a fresh look and vibe to the hotel.  This review is of the awesome high tea buffet it offers from 3 – 5pm every Saturdays and Sundays.  I have yet though to try their other buffets.

As mentioned previously, I have had a growing fetish for high tea in the last couple of years and had been sussing out different places to determine the best spot – these included the Leaf Tea Merchant, the Duxton Grill, the Peninsula Tea Gardens (click here for the review) and the Salt on the Beach (review to come).  The high tea at the Cafe is by far the best I have tried!  You will know why after finish reading this entry!

This is the first time I’d been to the Cafe since its refurbishment.  Coming here brings a tinge of nostalgia, of somewhat carefree uni days and of the busy times working in the restaurant(s) here in the hotel.  I did occassionally helped out at the Cafe, although it was my least favourite place to work in (but that’s a different story altogether and I diverge..).  One thing I did remember is that they did not have the high tea buffet back then, otherwise I would have gone ga-ga if I had to work there.  Ah..the memories!

Anyhoos, back to the main topic of the high tea,  it’s an all-you-can-eat affair with both savouries and sweets displayed on a large spread for you to pick and choose from (pics to follow!).  Seating starts in the Cafe itself and spill over to the Conservatory.  The afternoon includes live entertainment as well in the form of a pianist tinkling his way on the keys!  Love the elegant ambience and stylish setting of this place!

I was here in 2008 for mine and an ex-colleague’s birthday and loved it, so I was quite eager to come back here again for my best friend’s birthday celebration (she had been wanting to try this for ages – I hope!).  We had a blast.  The deal included a glass of champagne each, limitless food, coffee and tea for a price of $45 (discounted to $40 after the Entertainment card).

And here come some pictures to show you what I mean!

Our bubblies…

…followed by serving of a variety of perfectly cut sandwiches including egg and spinach, smoked salmon, chicken and many more which we handpicked to share…


..followed by the HIGHLIGHT – four table stations spread with glorious food, all bite-sized: curry puffs, savoury tarts, meatballs, quiches, waffles, jam and scones, jellies and tiramisu in shot glasses, cupcakes, pastries, cheesecakes, meringues, eclairs, fruits, ice-cream, chocolates and my most favourite, their famous sticky date pudding!  You name it, they’ve got it.  I felt like a young school kid being let loose in a candy store!


Wish I took more close-up photos but on this occasion, I was trying to be a subtle blogger.  But I was quite disappointed when I got home and found that I forgot to take a picture of my favourite sticky date pudding….would you believe it?  The sticky date pudding is a must’s absolutely fantastic!  My plate was loaded full of this goodie that day!

What I like about the high tea at the Cafe is the flexibility to pick and choose what you want to eat – great for those who love to try different things and also for the picky ones who only like certain things.  I love the fact that I can keep on eating the stuff that I like, over and over again!  One must try this at least once and it is perfect for any celebrations!

Rating: 4.75 out of 5 stars

Rating by: N.L.

Cafe / Conservatory at the Hyatt
: 08 9225 1257
Address: Hyatt Regency Perth, 99 Adelaide Terrace, Perth 6000

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Peninsula Tea Gardens, Maylands


Peninsula Tea Gardens tea room is located next to the Tranby House, the only surviving 19th century farmhouse in Perth (having been built in 1839).  The tea room serves breakfast, lunch and the latest fad of which I am beginning to get very fond of – afternoon tea, termed ‘high tea’.  I have been hearing great reviews about this place and their scrumptious offer of scones and tea.  Having been recommended to me left, right and centre, my curiosity and tastebuds were aroused and it became the top place in my list of ‘must visit’.  The chance came when my ex-colleague decided to have her hen’s celebration there – yay, perfect!

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