Today my friend and I visited the the Duxton Hotel in Perth’s CBD for high tea. High tea is served at the stunning Firewater Grille restaurant, which is located just inside the lobby area. The Duxton Hotel is one of Perth’s few five-star hotels, offering high quality accommodation and dining experiences.
The Duxton Hotel is a beautiful and luxurious five-star hotel. I’m not going to go into too much detail about the venue, because I believe that the photos speak for themselves. Just look at that chandelier!
The service we received at Firewater Grille was nothing short of what you would expect from a five-star hotel. When we arrived at the restaurant, a hostess took us to our table and handed us a high tea menu each. After taking some time to decide which tea we wanted, the hostess took our order, and quickly returned with our tea and three-tier stand. Our tea was poured for us, which was wonderful, and the hostess seemed pleasant enough. I should also mention that there were no issues when it came to accommodating my dietary requirements.
The Tea Menu
I selected the ‘Dreams of Fruit’ tea, which was a pleasant blend of fruits with a gorgeous sweet aroma. It actually reminded me of strawberry jelly. Being such a refined high tea menu, my friend decided to stay safe and simple with the ‘Traditional Afternoon’ tea.
The savoury tier was by far my favourite. My vegetarian selection included: two delicious pumpkin and cream cheese baguettes, two salad with cheese brioche, a roasted spanish onion and brie tart, a tomato bruschetta, and two salad filled rice paper rolls. My friend’s selection included: prawn and mango sushi, salmon on avocado mousse brioche, a smoked turkey breast, cranberry and thyme mayo with spinach baguette, goats curd bruschetta, a Swiss cheese, dill pickle and pastrami bagel, and a roasted spanish onion and brie tart. Judging by the look of satisfaction on my friend’s face and her squeals of delight, I think I can safely say that she enjoyed her selection!
My friend and I received two fruit and two plain scones each, accompanied by strawberry jam, clotted cream and for the first time ever, butter!
The scones were a good size, not too big and not too small. They were soft on the inside and had a nice freshly baked crunch on the outside. However, I feel that they could have been a tad more generous with the jam and cream.
As you can see, there was no shortage of sweet delights. My friend and I tucked into the passionfruit creme brûlée first, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Other treats included a rich chocolate cherry fudge, traditional macarons, orange and poppy seed cake, rhubarb, apple and custard crumble, and a fruit beinget, which reminded me of a jam donut (minus the jam).
The restaurant itself was very quiet, and there weren’t many people in there. I think my friend and I were the only ones having high tea. This made for a rather peaceful experience. Overall, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by high tea at the Duxton Hotel. The venue is sophisticated and modern, the service was top-notch, and the food was fresh with a unique twist. The Duxton Hotel is one of the pricier places that offers high tea, however, if you are after a good enough reason to get dressed up and treat yourself, then this is the place for you. You get an ample amount of high quality food, so it works out to be great value for money.
Firewater Grille Restaurant
High Tea is served daily
$38 Classic High Tea Monday – Friday and $40 on Weekends
$48 Chandon Sparking High Tea Monday – Friday and $50 on Weekends
Bookings are Essential.
Telephone: (08) 9261 8025
Address: 1 St Georges Terrace, Perth.