Two years ago my friend and I had high tea at the C restaurant and although I wasn’t really impressed with the food, we both decided that we needed to give it another go. I have also dined at the C restaurant numerous times before, and I thought that it would be a lovely idea to hold my 25th birthday tea party there.
Situated on level 33 of the St Martin’s Plaza building in the heart of the Perth CBD, the C restaurant has a reputation in Perth for being a classy and romantic restaurant serving modern Australian cuisine. The C restaurant is Perth’s only revolving restaurant and if you happen to be visiting Western Australia I highly recommend that you make a booking.
The first two things that I always notice when I step out of the elevator and into the restaurant is that one, the restaurant moves! and two, the views of the city are absolutely breathtaking. For those of you concerned about the dizziness factor, don’t worry, it takes approximately one hour to rotate all the way around.
The table setting was very simple with white linen and white china. While some people may find this plain and boring, I think it ties in nicely with the modern Australian and fine dining theme. On this occasion I decorated the table myself with the stunning Chanel inspired cupcakes and cookies that I had made. I simply placed one cookie on each person’s tea-cup, and the cupcakes sat at the head of the table. I also had a gorgeous balloon centrepiece made up in order to match the sweets on offer. The table was instantly transformed into a pink and white fashionista’s delight.
Cupcakes by: Sweet Sorella
Cookies by: Kate’s Cookies
Wait staff were polite and friendly and I had no trouble when placing my reservation over the phone. However I did notice that the wait staff are often quite busy and can be hard to flag down. Therefore it is a good idea to ensure that you get everything you need when they are attending to you. The C restaurant has no problem accommodating dietary requirements, and as usual I requested the vegetarian option.
There are three high tea packages on offer: Classic High Tea (No Alcohol) – $44 Sparkling High Tea – $55 or Champagne High Tea – $66. Of course being the birthday girl, I opted for a glass of Moët with my high tea, while the other ladies selected the classic high tea.
The food arrived on a traditional three-tier stand and consisted of finger sandwiches, scones with strawberry jam and cream, and a tier of sweets. In addition to the three-tier stand there was also another plate of beautifully presented sweets.
The finger sandwiches tasted freshly prepared and the fillings included cheese and tomato, avocado and carrot, ham, salmon, and egg. There were no savoury pastries to accompany the sandwiches which was disappointing. When people are paying a minimum of $44 they expect a substantial variety of food.
I found that the scones were a little on the dry side, however they did have a pleasant buttery taste to them and reminded me of shortbread.
The sweets included petite lemon meringue tarts, petite chocolate cakes, petite strawberry tarts, and mango and mandarin desserts served in small shot glasses. My friends enjoyed the sweets, particularly the mango and mandarin dessert which they all agreed tasted “refreshing”. I enjoyed the petite chocolate cake, as it was moist and decadent.
My 25th birthday tea party was definitely a memorable and classy affair. I think I can say with absolute assurance that my friends had a wonderful time. However, I feel that the C restaurant relies solely on the panoramic views of the city to impress patrons and therefore pays less attention to the finer details of high tea such as the food. Scones should be light and fluffy, not dry and stiff. I also think that there needs to be more variety on offer on the savouries tier. Other than a few tweaks to the high tea menu I think that the C restaurant is definitely worth a visit.
The C Restaurant
High Tea is served 7 days a week, and bookings can be made between 2pm-4pm.
$44 Classic High Tea
$55 sparkling High Tea
$66 Moët & Chandon High Tea
Bookings are Essential.
Phone: (08) 9220 8333
Address: Level 33 St Martin’s Plaza 44 St George’s Terrace, Perth