Sunday, November 1, 2015

Masonmill Garden, 40 Masonmill Road, Carmel, Western Australia

Flowers galore with your high tea !

I have visited Melville Rose garden cafe previously and enjoyed breakfast a few years ago. So returning to Masonmill Gardens for High Tea has been a pleasant surprise.  The name change compliments the very well planned outstanding renovations.  As it turned out, we had picked a lovely afternoon.  With the weather changing and threatening to rain, the colours of the roses and surrounds were soft and most relaxing.

 High Tea is very affordable at Masonmill with an abundance of food including;  freshly made sandwiches, little quiches, scones, jam, strawberries, cream and a beautiful array of cakes.  The lovely staff went to extra effort with additional dietary requirements.

An extensive selection of teas are offered in endless supply and served in a array of lovely tea pots.  My usual green tea was exceptionally enjoyable.

Three hours just disappeared and in return we have a lovely memory of great company in relaxing, beautiful surroundings and a feeling of  i'm not cooking dinner tonight.  Go try High Tea at Masonmill and enjoy.  We visited on a week day.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Rochelle Adonis, 2 St Albans Avenue, Highgate, Western Australia

Better than the reviews, much better!

A few of the high tea inspectors were invited to a pre-wedding party at Rochelle Adonis last Sunday. I immediately did some research and found some not too flattering comments, ranging from noisy, lack of service and food inadequacies.

We were shown to our tables promptly at 10am, our party required two tables with ten per table.  The waiter was very efficient attending to teas, coffees, and champagne with or without orange juice.  The tea selection is excellent and my genmaicha green was one of the better I have tried.

I do like the way the high tea was served, firstly the delicious finger sandwich,  fresh and tasty, a perfect starter with my green tea.  Then a beautifully presented savoury plate with pork rillet with cornichon,  buche d'affonois with home made lavoche and apple, chickpea finger with sri racha sauce and lamb croquette with salsa. (my apologies if any of that is misspelt - and I found it a little difficult to hear the waiter and remember all the dishes).

Strawberry and plum sorbet followed and then a plate of sweets, vanilla macaroon, choux bun with raspberry chiboust cream, chocolate ganache tart with cherry and a passionfruit chocolate cup. And to keep the waiter on his toes another round of teas, coffees or champagne.

The kitchen staff had no problem with my request for "no sugar" and replaced the sweet plate with another savoury plate.  With regards to the noisy comments, well I agree, our two tables of women created a lot of noise, but that is not unique to Rochelle Adonis, anywhere you eat out and has a gathering of excited women enjoying themselves - you will have a little noise.

I did not find a lack of service, far from it.  Having done a lot of high tea reviews, (some not worth the time or effort) I found the staff and level of service to be excellent.

Most importantly the food and value.  There was plenty for everyone and all fresh, tasty and well presented.  I noticed ladies from other tables taking leftovers packed up for them as they left.

We walked away totally satisfied and I am most happy to recommend High Tea at Rochelle Adonis.

Well done.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Bistro Guillaume, Crown Perth, Burswood, Western Australia

We welcome our new high tea inspector!

Our high tea at Bistro Guillaume was a most generous Christmas gift from our newest inspector, "Ira" who at one year old proved to have the winning combination of the perfect hostess and an excellent venue choice.

On arriving last Saturday we were shown to our table in a lovely quiet area and offered the tea menu (quite extensive and impressive) and asked if there were any dietary requirements.  All which were executed perfectly.  We had requested mainly savoury and no seafood for one.   The room is very glamourous with a delightful French flair - even our high chair matched the decor.   

Four different tea choices arrived being the dragon pearls, stockholm blend, casablanca and silver tips along with the oblong three tiered stands with all the yummy treats.  The variety was excellent and included: chicken waldorf champagne baguette, spanner crab sandwich, smoked salmon with dill creme, veal sausage roll, pistachio macaroon, lemon tartlet, vanilla creme mille-feuille, scone with raspberry coulis and creme chantilly.

Highlights for our group were - caramel macaroon, mini quiche and rare roast beef with horseradish.

The staff were friendly and keen to see that everyone had a wonderful high tea.  On behalf of our new member and the rest of the inspectors we say well done.  High Tea at Bistro Guillaume is highly recommended.