Sunday, July 10, 2011

An indulgent affair

Had a busy weekend rushing around on Saturday - Mr Rosanna, the boys and I visited the library, grabbed takeaway snacks from a jam-packed Miss Marie (which was jumping inside) and bought some presents from Creative Minds and Andrew's Books in Ivanhoe.  Sunday morning was spent attending a fourth birthday party with the boys and on Sunday afternoon I got to relax with my sisters and enjoy a belated birthday celebration at The Windsor.
It is one of those quintessential Melbourne dining experiences.  I have previously had high tea at the Aria Bar in the Langham Hotel's Melba restaurant and I know Sofi's at the Sofitel also offers high tea.  You can also experience a Viennese inspired high tea at the NGV's brand new Kaffeehaus Vienna as part of the Vienna: Art & Design exhibition currently on in Melbourne.  The beautifully restored, heritage listed Myer Mural Hall is also offering three special afternoon teas over July, August and September.
High tea at The Windsor was a very civilised affair in sumptuous surroundings - the perfect antidote to a very cold and miserable day in Melbourne.  Champagne on arrival was followed by sweet and savoury, hot and cold offerings on a 3 tiered silver stand with full table service (except for the dessert buffet).  The service by the way is excellent, the food was good - the pastries were a bit salty and the scones could have been more moist but the lovely ambience more than made up for these minor criticisms.  I also appreciated the special little touches like the waiter asking if we were celebrating an occasion and then coming out with a birthday treat at the end. 
After dining in high rise restaurants with amazing views in Hong Kong, I'd say two of the best views of Melbourne would be found at No 35 Restaurant at the Sofitel as well as the newly opened Vue de monde at the Rialto in the city if you get a chance to go to either.

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