What gal doesn’t love a high tea complete with tiered trays of delicate little goodies, glasses of bubbly, and fine china cups of scented teas served by wait staff wearing pristine white gloves? There are so many establishments serving high teas these days that it becomes a bit of a dilemma choosing one that stands out from the pack. Origins in the Pan Pacific has earned a reputation for serving up fine fare with excellent service, so our group of eight booked in with high expectations. We weren’t disappointed.
The neutral decor, incandescent light fittings and expansive windows, combine to create a light, airy feeling, and the tall-backed chairs added to the comfort factor. Our wait-person introduced himself and started pouring bubbly without breaking stride. Gotta love a man who knows a way to a girl’s heart. Our first course was quickly presented: a refreshingly different glass of strawberry and basil gazpacho, a potato and seafood croquette, a tiny seafood tart with lovely buttery pastry, and a slice of something that I’m sure was delicious (everything was) but for the life of me I can’t remember what it was.
Tea was poured into our china cups and the bubbly continued to flow freely. Whilst teas were selected according to the food served, you could choose any others from the tea menu. Lychee was the crowd favourite. When our tiered plates arrived the oohs and aahs were audible, and I’m happy to say the goodies tasted as scrumptious as they looked.
The bottom tier held the savoury treats: coronation chicken sandwiches, smoked salmon open sandwiches, cheese and sweet chutney rounds, and mashed egg on brioche.
The second tier of chocolate mud cake with pretty pink icing, chocolate mousse cups and squares of lemon-layered sponge, was equally enticing.
The top tier was reserved for the ubiquitous scones, and these light little creations were the chocolate chip variety, served of course with whipped cream and pots of jam. Another mini chocolate tart kept it company on the top tier.
Origins was a fun experience, made all the better by a few glasses of sparkling and good quality food. All of this loveliness was ours for the reasonable cost of $49 per person. Ours was the first and the cheaper of two Sunday sittings, and it all ran like a well-oiled machine, albeit a very delicious one. We all concurred that this is one of the better quality high tea venues with charming and efficient service, thoughtful and delicious food offerings, and a refined but relaxing atmosphere. I can’t think of a better way to spend a lazy Sunday.