The Café at the Hyatt offers high tea on weekends. Lady FWO with other assorted ladies all celebrating the upcoming nuptials of our daughter (which have taken place since the visit) went along to sample the food and drinks on offer. The high tea is advertised as including a range of cakes and scones, sandwiches, desserts and hot savoury dishes.
The food is set out in a central serving area in the Café restaurant with seating at tables and chairs available as well in the Conservatory in the lobby of the hotel. The space is open, airy and cool. The hen’s party set up shop and went off to investigate and scoop up the food.
The hot dishes included small quiches, sausage rolls, pizza slices and spicy samosa.
These had the hallmark of reheated pastry goods and are all fairly basic offerings with no particular innovation or flair.
They are filling and not unpleasant, but that is all that could be said in their favour. They could have been so much better.
The cakes and desserts on the other hand were of much better quality and appearance.
The little friands were a particular hit with Lady FWO.
Finger sandwiches also received the thumbs up – the bread was fresh and the fillings appetising – chicken and mayo and the like.
Bowls of strawberries provided a little healthy diversion away from the sweet, rich desserts and cakes.
And of course, along with the food, wine flowed freely – Craigmoor NV sparkling seemed to be the choice of most; this wine made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay has some nice yeasty aromas overlaying citrus tones. The palate is creamy, with a fine mousse, hints of green apple, and a long, dry, elegant finish. It is a good aperitif wine as well as complementing food very well.
For those desiring a non alcoholic boost coffee was an obvious choice, although it was quite weak and milky – a barista of quality would have helped.
But by the time the 2 hours of high tea was up, all present had taken their fill; some went on home; some dallied in the bar; others went into the early evening heading for further celebrations at other spots around town.
The food offered is generally satisfactory – the sweets and cakes rather more than the very basic and uninspiring savouries – and with adequate but not overwhelming choice. The standard is around that of other places offering high tea in Perth, but of course fades into pale insignificance when compared to that on display at high teas and champagne brunches in, for example, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur which have such a range of food, such quality and presentation as to take your breath away, an example is below.
It is a great pity that no one in Perth aspires to such a standard – surely, judging by all of the Australians I have observed at Raffles, Ritz Carlton, Grand Hyatt and Fullerton in Singapore there should be a taste for such things closer to home. The Hyatt high tea is worth a visit so long as you do not set your expectations at too high a level.