Darkly faceted, softly reflective ceilings, cool champagne flutes crisp with dry Veuve Cliquot and the haute-iest of high teas. That’s what awaits you at the freshly-renovated Adelphi Hotel, where an afternoon of left-of-centre indulgence at OmNom makes for a fresh take on the classic high tea tradition. Ruby Slipper’s Iolanthe reports on an afternoon of decadence, critique of Tinder with friends fuelled by most excellent lemon-meringue cocktails. We approve!
Adelphi Hotel is an icon of culturally vibrant Flinders Lane – recently refurbished throughout and offering an urbane, coolly sexy take accommodation and dining. Their very own take on ‘hot lips Hoolahan’ in the entry foyer.
It was a relief to hop off the warm tram and out of the rapidly-heating autumn sunshine into the pool of cool respite that is OmNom – a Rubik’s cube of faceted, darkly mirrored feature walls where everything feels expensive. In a good way.
There are many different kinds of High Tea for a lady to take. This is one that a sophisticate would enjoy – a carefully curated, clever interpretation from the keen hands of Christy Tania (ex-Vue de Monde and Jacques Reymond). If I had a guest-list of fictional characters who would enjoy OmNom’s high tea, I’d shortlist Frank Underwood (House of Cards) and the Vicomte de Valmont (Dangerous Liaisions). Delicious, mysteriously alluring and curious – a fine match for this decadence.
On the high tea menu : a savoury macaron, pipette-jus calamari and the crispest tempura imaginable.
Nothing brings ladies together like a flute of champagne (or two) paired with deliciousness. A favorite? The glistening mango-choux pastries.
Special cosmetics and beautiful finishing touches are sure to make Adelphi Hotel a favorite for travelling fashionistas and culture-vultures come the impending Melbourne Fashion Festival.
Our thanks to Soda Communications and the Adelphi Hotel for generously hosting us for a memorable afternoon.