The Lab Bar and Restaurant within the elegant Treasury Heritage Hotel is now offering a high tea experience on weekends.
The high tea experience here is traditional and beautiful. I was invited to their high tea launch with all sorts of high class society and fabulously dressed older ladies whilst I clunked around in my usual clumsy self.
The Treasury high tea experience was lots of fun pretending to be fancy, getting the excuse to dress up and all that for the afternoon, especially in the wonderful historical building.
The experience here includes a tea service, akin to wine service where they top up your tea for you as you sip between tiny morsels of deliciousness. The tea is also bottomless so you can make your way through many tea varieties from the French luxury tea brand, La Maison Du Thé.
The selection of food is a mix of savoury and sweet. We’re taught that high tea tradition involves sharing with the person opposite you and that you must not move onto the next layer until both of you have finished with each tier – moving from top (savoury) to the bottom (sweets).
There’s plenty of variety with buttermilk and sultana scones with assorted jams and clotted vanilla cream as well as petite quiches and frittatas. There’s SIX varieties of perfect little finger sandwiches:
- Egg + rocket
- Chicken, mayo, chive + brie
- Roast beef + horseradish
- Cucumber + cream cheese
- Smoked salmon, red onion + capers
- Swiss cheese + roma tomato
There’s about 3 of each variety on a plate. Sandwich math time! 6 x 3 = 18 sandwiches. 9 per person. Or more if your dining partner isn’t paying attention. Surprisingly, after multiple pots of tea, scones and sandwiches I’m surprisingly full. It must be that trick of slowing down and eating rather than shovelling food in my face that was making me so satisfied.
Nonetheless, desserts on the last tier featured an opera slice, petit fruit flan, lemon meringue tart and choux swans stuffed with cream. The swan was my favourite followed by the fruit flan filled with pastry cream. The swan was almost too pretty to eat (but do it anyway because yum).
At $45pp, it is definitely one of the cheaper high teas around in Brisbane and a lot of fun for a special occasion.
When: Saturdays and Sundays
Time: Bookings available at your choice of time between 2pm and 3.30pm
Cost: $45 per person | $25 per child
Brown Brothers Prosecco NV | $9 per glass
Chandon NV Sparkling Brut | $12.50 per glass
Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial NV Champagne | $24 per glass
Booking recommended. For enquiries or bookings, please call 1800 506 889
Check out the website for more details here.
I was an invited guest on behalf of the Lab bar + restaurant.