high tea : the george
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The table service, cloth napkins and loose leaf tea – it’s all gilding, lavish, pompous and special. Unlike a special occasion, you don’t need an excuse for high tea, which is what I love about it.
But we sort of have an excuse for returning to The George. It’s this – the blog! We went to the inaugural high tea last year but it was so long ago I lost the photos… And since we liked it so much, we thought, what the heck, let’s do it again!
Canapes instead of finger sandwiches. From the left: earl grey smoked chicken with pancetta and garlic mayo; rare beef and spicy tomato; smoked salmon with capers and cucumber; and brie with quince jam.
Even though I was a teeny bit late (I’m getting better at this, I’m sure of it), the staff were patient and friendly. The waitress explained the three high tea ‘packages’, increasing in price: the normal ($36), prestige/champagne ($43, sparkling wine) and grand cru ($49, glass of French champagne).
Looking around the dining room, the champagne high tea was really popular but we decided to go sans bubbly. Pots of loose leaf tea arrived quickly and by the time the sugar was stirred into the tea, our three tiers had arrived.
On the first tier were the savouries. Perched on baguette slices were smoked salmon with capers, brie with quince jam and rare beef laced with spiced tomato, all luxurious interpretations of the finger sandwich. But what really blew me away was the earl grey smoked chicken with pancetta and garlic mayonnaise – it was delicious!
I loved the decadent yet modern ingredients but I only have one criticism: the sharply cornered baguette slices were awkward to eat. Too big to nibble and too small to be efficiently cut with a fork and knife, we ate in fear of rogue garnishes flying into the dining room.
The George’s knobbly but fabulous scones! Looks can be deceiving.
The knobbly scones on the second tier were a revelation. These are the best scones I’ve had in Perth. The contrast of cool, luscious, vanilla cream and the heat of chilli spiked raspberry jam made the fluffy scones exquisite.
After having our fill of the scones, we moved on to the last tier of petit fours. The lemon meringue tart (which I’m not fond of anyway) had an odd consistency to the meringue with a strange aftertaste.
However, the blue cheese tart was heavenly. It was a bit strange to put a savoury tart on the top tier but it’s a trick – the tart was sweet! A touch of marmalade set off the earthy flavour of the blue cheese just right.
From the left: blue cheese tart; what I think is caramel slice; and lemon meringue tart.
Compared to our last visit, the high tea is remarkably consistent. A year on, it’s almost the same menu, at the same high standards. A balance between contemporary food and tradition, and with a decent loose leaf tea menu, there’s very little to fault. I guess when something works it makes sense to stick to it.
Those scones and trimmings were heavenly. I hope they don’t change them anytime soon.
See my high teas page to find more high teas in and around Perth.
Up’s: Well executed, contemporary high tea – scrumptious, sweet/salty nibbles and decent, loose leaf tea. Fabulous scones! Good service too.
Down’s: Wish a second pot of tea was included (which is the norm at most places). When crowded, the noise levels were quite high.
216 St. Georges Tce, Perth WA 6000
T: (08) 6161 6662
Sat – Sun 1pm – 5pm
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