As a special treat during our stay on the Gold Coast, Renay and I decided to take a trip to Palazzo Versace on Saturday afternoon to try the “Fashionista High Tea”, which is described as being “inspired by the House of Versace” and “transformed seasonally to reflect the latest catwalk designs for the style conscious”. Hmm.
Given the above description, and of course being aware that the entire hotel is the vision of Gianni Versace, I was a little concerned that the Palazzo Versace was going to be rather elitist, however we were pleased to find it quite relaxed and a fascinating place to see all manner of people from young families to groups dressed up to the nines. High Tea is served in the “Le Jardin” lobby bar, which overlooks the pool area. The sun was coming in hard through the high glass windows – hence the harsh photos – however there seemed to be enough filtration in place to keep us comfortable.
High Tea is priced from $45 depending on whether you want champagne, and if so how expensive – we chose the package witha glass of Veuve Clicquot each for $70 per person (the next option was Dom Perignon at $110 per person). There is also a large variety of teas and coffees to choose from, and more information is available here.
The customary tray with three generously filled plates was brought out without too much delay. The savoury items were one quiche, one sausage roll, toast with capsicum dip, fresh scones (with jam & cream) and a selection of sandwiches including pesto with cheese & tomato, smoked salmon & cream cheese and curried egg on wholemeal rolls. Every item was delicate and delicious, although having to fight over one sausage roll and quiche was a little odd.
And here we have the dessert plate – all this is for two people, remember. Coffee eclairs, truffle “lollipops”, tiramisu in chocolate cups, macarons, lemon meringue pies, fruit tarts and cream filled lamingtons. Every item here was as amazing as the last, and light as a feather. We saw other trays being sent out with different flavoured macarons and cupcakes on them.
Tea (English Breakfast for us) was brought out as the last “course” rather than with the food, which we both felt was a nice touch as a separate item to enjoy. The service was friendly and efficient as you’d expect from such an establishment, and as we’ve experienced across the Gold Coast in general.
High Tea at Palazzo Versace is available from 11am-5pm daily, and bookings are only required for parties of 8 or more – we had no issues getting a table. We both felt that the food and experience as a whole was far in front of any High Tea we’ve had in Perth and is highly recommended.