Macarons? So 2013. With so many afternoon teas in Melbourne, The Westin has set itself apart with an eclair themed afternoon tea. I was invited to try out this Eclair Affair with Joyce from Mel Hot or Not, the only person I know who is more obsessed with afternoon tea than me.
Served in the lobby bar area of The Westin overlooking Swanston Street the Eclair Affair afternoon tier arrives on a contemporary looking silver and black stand. There are eclairs all round with even the savoury row of sandwiches made using eclairs filled with folds of ham or creamy goats cheese.
The only thing on the stand which isn’t an eclair is the tier of scones. Of course scones are compulsory for afternoon tea and The Westin dishes up two – one vanilla and one fruit – with cream and strawberry jam. They weren’t the highest scones but had a good fluffy texture.
The highlight was the tier of eclairs. The buttery choux pastry was delicious and some of the more unusual flavours, like the pistachio and fig eclair, proved to be the most delicious.
The afternoon tea comes with a choice of a glass of Domain Chandon sparkling, a Vittoria coffee, hot chocolate or Jing tea. I tried out a tall glass of iced tea and my own teapot of licorice tea.
If you’re looking for an afternoon tea with a twist, The Westin is the place to head for. But if you are a traditionalist where afternoon tea is concerned I’d recommend somewhere like The Langham or Cristina Rae instead.
Gourmet Chick was invited to review Eclair Affair at The Westin.
Details: Eclair Affair, Lobby Lounge, The Westin Melbourne, 205 Collins Street, Melbourne (Ph 03 9635 2222). Available until 30 June 2014.
Damage: Pricey. $49 with coffee, hot chocolate or tea. $59 with Domaine Chandon.