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 Assembly’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.


Bloggers including myself, Cecylia and Lisa and Katherine from Couturing had time to explore the Adelphi after our high tea experience.


Schmancy, eh?


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.