The Langham is renown to have one of the best high teas in Melbourne, so what better way to celebrate my 23rd birthday than by taking part in one of their high teas… one with a theme of course!
It turns out that Barbie is moving out of her Malibu dream house and is residing at the Langham for the April school holidays. When I told Katherine they were serving a Barbie-themed high tea it was said as a little bit of a joke – we’re adults, not 4-year-olds – but she jumped at it.
So that’s how I ended up at a Barbie-themed high tea for my 23rd birthday!
The Barbie themed high tea included a selection of desserts – a pink suitcase cookie, a pink lamington shoebox, pink glitter cupcake, Barbie car shaped cookie, and a Malibu Beach jelly cup.
Don’t worry, it’s not all sugar – there’s also a ham and cheese sandwich, a tiara-shaped sandwich with sprinkles, and a warm fluffy scone with strawberry jam and clotted cream.
Kids – both young and older – can also choose between a hot chocolate and a Barbie-licious pink lemonade to drink.
You’d think with so much sugar on their plates all of the kids would be running around and yelling, but perhaps it was because they were dressed up or their parents – there were plenty of Mums, a Dad and even some Grandparents – had given them a stern talking to their was just chatter and no problems. It was perfectly peaceful, the perfect atmosphere for tea.
Served in gold-edged cups and proper silver teapots, Earl Gray and the Langham’s special Silk Road blend (White tea with Iranian rose buds) were the days choices. Between the cakes beautiful cakes piling up on the tables around us and our proper chinaware, I felt like I’d been transported back to a time when Ladies were encouraged to partake in such activities whilst discussing the events of the day.
After examining the menu for ages we each ordered a tiffin and decided to split each of them. Katherine and I ended up ordering two of the more ‘adult’ tiffins – the Tiffin at the Langham and Chocolate Indulgence Tiffin, with some extra teas as we went along. We also tried the ‘Barbie-licious pink lemonade.
Out came the tiffin piled high with sweets… and another… chocolate eclairs, and chocolate dipped strawberries wearing what looked like a tuxedo; miniature lemon tarts and chocolate mousse finger cakes. Perfectly cut sandwiches were hidden at the bottom and full of cucumber, salmon, cream cheese, egg or chicken.
I’m not much a fan of scones but when two perfect scones – one plain and one with sultanas – came out with proper clotted cream and strawberry jam, I was excited! Not too stoggy, not too floury, and the perfect filling accompaniment to an otherwise sugary high tea.
After a break from the sweets I sipped on my Barbie-licious pink lemonade. Light, sugary and bubbly; reminiscent of creaming soda but with raspberry flavouring. It was refreshing after the otherwise heavy foods we were indulging in.
More sweets such as a strawberry chocolate creme brulee, chocolate and Armagnac truffles, chocolate torte with gold leaf and the Brazillian chocolate roulade with mango and blueberries graced our table. Already stuffed from the other choices most of these came home with me, but there was still room for one more…
A birthday isn’t complete without a candle to blow out and some more cake – this time chocolate moose with some crunchy praline and a jelly cake with fresh strawberries (my favourite!) and mini M&M’s – yum! Thank you, Melba Restaurant and The Langham, Melbourne for having us!
Where’s your favourite place to have high tea?
Would you go to a Barbie-themed high tea?
The Langham, Melbourne
1 Southgate Ave
Southbank VIC 3006
Phone: (03) 8696 8888
Car parking at the hotel is AU$50 and is a worthwhile investment if you are going to be there for longer than 1.5-hours (the nearby car parks are around AU$48). If you can, I recommend the use of Melbourne’s public transport network as it is close to both train and tram stations.
Barbie’s Dreamhouse Children’s Tiffin
The Barbie’s Dreamhouse Children’s Tiffin will run on weekdays between the 1st and 19th of April, 2013.
There are two session times 10.00am – 11.30am or 12 noon – 1.30pm.
AU$30 per child* or AU$45 per child* with a take home Barbie Fashionista doll.
*Child up to 12-years-old
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