Afternoon Tea at ARIA Bar & Lounge, The Langham Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia
April 2015

The Langham Melbourne is located in the Southbank Promenade, south of the Flinders Street Station.  Within the Southgate Shopping Mall, The Langham has a commanding entrance hall leading up to the ARIA Bar & Lounge (left side of the photo).

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The Langham offers a number of different afternoon tea options depending on when you go.  They always have the Tiffin Afternoon Tea on weekdays and The Chocolate Bar on the weekends.  They also have other special teas available on their What’s On page (these tend to be on weekdays).

I went to The Chocolate Bar on a Saturday.  Seatings do start promptly at 2:30; no sooner, even by a few minutes.   We happened to sit by the main dessert display; so we didn’t get to see if there was a view from the window.  Being on the 2nd floor and not overlooking the river, I don’t think that we missed out on too much.

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The Chocolate Bar is more expensive than the weekday tea, but comes with a glass of sparkling.  It also comes with unlimited tea that you can switch out as many times as you like, but can be difficult to track down waitstaff to do so.

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The sandwiches were pretty good, but not outstanding.  The hot savories were a bit disappointing, mainly pastry with little flavor.  The scones were tasty with clotted cream and jam.  I found that a lot of places in Australia don’t serve clotted cream, just cream… I know!

The Chocolate Bar also comes with a dessert bar and chocolate fountain that you can visit as many times as you like (as you would expect from the title).  Some people took advantage of this as soon as they were seated and subsequently visited over 4 times!

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As expected, the sweets were chocolate-centric.  If you don’t like chocolate, this isn’t a good option for you.  I would have preferred for some of the sweets to have a more delicate flavor to balance out the richness of the chocolate in most of the sweets.  FullSizeRender_1 2

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No one rushed us, so we were able to have a somewhat relaxing tea time while watching people rush by and stuff themselves on the dessert bar.

Tea 4/5, unlimited, good variety
Food 3/5
Atmosphere 3/5
Service 3/5
Overall 3/5

The Langham Melbourne
10.30am – 4.30pm (Mon – Fri) Tiffin Afternoon Tea
12 noon – 2pm or 2.30pm – 4.30pm (Sat – Sun) The Chocolate Bar

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