afternoon tea over this long history. I am not sure if afternoon tea has always been such a grand occasion but these days it is fancy enough to be high tea, as E and I found when this weekend.
As if it didn't feel posh enough, there was also a well dressed gentleman tinkling the ivories at the grand piano. Van Morrison, Leonard Cohen and Tears for Fears reminded us that this was no costume drama but E also spotted some Scottish folk tunes in the repertoire.
Firstly we were poured a glass of pink champagne and brought a three tiered silver stand with a crest at the top. This is the time to boost the savoury levels before an onslaught of sugar but at the same time, show enough restraint so there is plenty of room for the dessert buffet. It was also at this point that I was gratitude for being asked about dietary requirements when booking. E being a carnivore, was given a separate stand from me so there was no danger of me accidentally eating a meat pie.
My bottom layer row of dainty crustless vegetarian "ribbon sandwiches" was more varied than the menu suggested. Tomato and lettuce, cucumber and cream cheese, eggplant, tomato and lettuce, and egg. Not that exciting but nice and the eggplant was well cooked. The warm cheese and onion tarts on the second layer were nice, though the buttery pastry was more memorable than the filling.
I arrived back at our table with a plate full of raspberry lamington, bread and butter pudding, strawberry tart, bitter chocolate tart, cheesecake, chocolate dipped strawberries and fruit salad. The chocolate tart was amazing. It has to be one of the richest desserts I have ever had and yet I was compelled to finish it. I didn't finish all the desserts because not all were so appealing. A spoonful was enough for some. After all, there were so many more to taste.
I did return for a slice of wonderful apricot frangipani tart, the chocolate caramel cake seen above and more chocolate dipped strawberries. I've never had the chance to eat from a chocolate fountain before and I was quite fascinated at watching my strawberries splashing about under a waterfall of melted chocolate. I would have liked to have sampled something from the pancake station and try some other desserts but by then I was well and truly full as a state school.
The Windsor Hotel
111 Spring Street, Melbourne
Tel 03 9633 6000