Photography by Brunch Addict and Grand Hyatt

“High Tea is about fun, food, fashion and femininity.” – Cristina Re

All a girl wants is to feel fabulous – lux, sophisticated and stylish. Gone are the traditions of getting dressed up to go anywhere with the exception of clubbing. Expensive dinners out no longer require a sexy, killer dress but instead take heed from our male counterparts who are in jeans and t-shirt. Going to church no longer means wearing your Sunday best, as people turn up in PJs to midnight mass. Well, have no fear, What a Girl Wants is set to change all this.

What a Girl Wants is a lux High Tea for every women who needs to inject a bit of femininity back in her life. It is a collaboration from style maven and luxury stationary / tableware designer Cristina Re with the Grand Hyatt, and Miss SL was invited to give it a whirl.

Miss SL:
“Entering Grand Hyatt is just that – grand. Chandeliers with gold-tinted, stylised glass with a large, open lobby that has an immediately welcoming vibe that is relaxed and sophisticated. The saloon was gorgeously decked out with colour tones that perfectly matched Re’s tableware – gentle tones of baby pink, lavender, powder blue and pastel green. The tableware by Re was immediately prominent in its simplicity and elegance. Rimmed with 24-carat gold each element infuses its French-Italian inspiration as we were delightfully informed of its low price point.

24 carat gold plated Cristina Re tea cup: $29.95

Served with Chandon Brut Rose on arrival, guests were left to pick a seat that was set in a way to encourage conversation and mingling, while of course, focusing in on the gorgeous high tea dessert and savouries stands provided by Grand Hyatt under the supervision of Jason Camillo – executive chef at Collins Kitchen. I was with The Doctor, and we grabbed a seat of four along a broad black leather couch, sharing our table with The High Tea Society.

Cristina Re gave a speech about the launch of What a Girl Wants, describing it as the ultimate experience of femininity – an opportunity to dress up and bond with other females – and to celebrate being female. The Doctor and I couldn’t agree more!

“High Tea is an excuse for females to bond” – Cristina Re

The scones came out shortly after we arrived and were complemented with an incredible rose Chantilly cream and a delightfully sweet home made jam. Yum! The rose flavour in the Chantilly cream was light and almost like lavender. When matched with the light-as-clouds scones the combination was heavenly! If they were served warm these would have been a 10/10 for me.

The savouries stand was really something to rave about. The Ocean Trout Coulibiac was unlike anything else. Soft, juicy ocean trout full of flavour in a shell of crispy pastry…delicious. The chicken and chive finger sandwiches were light as air with just the right level of salt within the mayonnaise.

Top tier: Ocean Trout Coulibiac, Middle and bottom tier: chicken and chive finger sandwich, Bottom tier: Soft roll with mozzarella and olive tapenade

Every single item on the dessert tier was magnificent, with Camillo explaining that the menu took careful consideration of Re’s latest tableware designs, carefully matching the colour tones and emanating the femininity that Re was looking to achieve. Starting at the bottom tier, the passion fruit tart was sweet and – well, tart! It got a bit too much for me but the sugar icing sticks were clever and delicious.

The blueberry cupcakes were really lovely; moist, semi-dense and perfectly balanced with the blueberry cream. What was really nice about this petite was that the icing sugar wasn’t too sweet. The strawberry opera was really something amazing – creamy and rich in every layer. This dish was complex but bursting with creamy-strawberry layers.

Top tier: Pistachio and rose macarons, Middle tier: Strawberry opera slice, White chocolate and raspberry eclair, Bottom tier: Blueberry miniature cupcake, Passionfruit tart

The raspberry eclair was probably my favourite other than the blueberry miniature cupcake. Simple to eat with dehydrated raspberries on top for crunch, these little beauties were injected with a raspberry filling that burst in my mouth upon consumption. By the time I reached the top tier – barely finishing my other dishes – I was stuffed. But, for the sake of our readers, I felt obliged to taste the macarons. I could only manage the pistachio macaron which was dense. The macaron biscuit had the right level of chewiness to it and the ganache was well-set.

What a Girl Wants made me feel glad to be a woman. I felt glamorous and celebrated. By the end of the even I was desperate to go to sister venue Where a Girl Goes in Collingwood. I would definitely recommended What a Girl Wants for a lush birthday celebration, bridal shower, baby shower… basically any excuse will do!”

Final thought: “Amazing venue – perfectly matched with elegant, timeless tableware to celebrate your next milestone”

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