high tea : origins



See my high teas page to find more high teas in and around Perth.


There’s nothing a cup of loose leaf tea and three tiers of food can’t fix or make feel better. At least temporarily. Add the company of a best friend who you can sit with for hours, let alone the high tea – and this might seem strange – but high tea (at least for me) becomes restorative. It’s like setting a reset button on my week.

Add to that a sunlit restaurant, calm service and abundantly piled high tea stand, and you’re on to a winning afternoon tea at Pan Pacific’s Origins.

The high tea at Origins is one of the largest high teas we have ever had in Perth. As part of Eat Drink Perth 2011, the high teas are being held 3pm – 5pm every Sunday in March and are exceptionally good value.


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Left: Three tiers of goodness at Origins. Right: Cucumber finger sandwiches, salmon on rye bread and the ‘mini’ chicken wraps.

We gingerly tackled the middle tier of savouries first. Biting into the almost lunch sized ‘mini’ chicken and avocado wraps, our palates were inundated with delectable creamy avocado mayonnaise and chunks of chicken. It was so good, the second one was quickly and greedily consumed.

Now to the the cucumber sandwiches. Instead of butter, pale cream cheese lined the soft, woolly fingers of bread. The cucumber had a slight crunch and the cream cheese jazzed it up with light, tangy flavour. Origins’ new-fangled version of the cucumber sandwich may even be better than the original (is that blasphemy?).



Salmon on rye bread.
A traditional high tea always has scones. And sometimes quiche too!

The quiche was not much to look at – though deceptively more-ish. The pastry was short and crumbly, with a soft cheese and dill filling.

Strangely (and ironically for such a large high tea), we were served only one scone each, with excessive cream and jam for each scone. The dish looked quite weird, as if the trimmings were making up for missing players.

Just as well, because the scones were pretty average. They had an uncomfortably dry texture, indicating they were either stale or overworked during preparation. Nevertheless, anything covered with copious amounts of jam and cream always turns out good. (But a better scone would have made it great.)



Leaving the best till last – desserts! From the left: Chocolate brownie, coffee and chocolate cream pots and passion fruit lemon meringue tart.

Mellow layers, coral-like toffee and artistic curls on the top tier delivered a vision of vivid contrast. A chocolate brownie topped with a super sweet vanilla cream and tangerine coloured sail of toffee was beautiful to behold. The brownie was moist on the inside, with a crunchy outer layer.

The intensely flavoured coffee and chocolate cream shots were so soft and gooey, they were almost drinkable.


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All the sweets were beautiful but the highlight was the scrumptious passion fruit lemon meringue tart. And I don’t even like lemon meringue tart! The passionfruit curd was tangy with just enough sweetness to set off the crunchy waves of ivory white meringue.

The high tea was unusually quiet with only three tables booked. (What a shame Origins did not repeat last year’s decadent high tea event.) We found the service to be excellent. This is one of the few high teas where bottomless tea is both offered and served.

At $30 per person, It’s certainly a traditional high tea done well. We were more than restored, (and zippy) barely squeezing in the high tea and two pots of tea each! (A third pot of tea was offered too.)

The Origins high tea is an event for Eat Drink Perth 2011, so if you are curious or are high tea obsessives like us, get booking because there are only two more Sundays left in March!




See my high teas page to find more high teas in and around Perth.


Pan Pacific Hotel, 207 Adelaide Terrace, Perth WA 6004
T: (08) 9224 7777

High tea is served every Sunday 3pm – 5pm



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  1. Juji

    Stunning photos! Sadly, I don’t think I’ll make it during March – but will happily live vicariously through you in the mean time :)

  2. mei

    Juji – One benefit to eating meals vicariously is nooo calories. Which is a good thing, because I’m pretty sure high tea has given me thunder thighs. That’s the excuse anyway. :/ Thanks for dropping by!

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