Stepping as much as the tea… excessive tea, that’s


It’s ethereal, elegant and presents beautiful, sweeping views of the lake and a few of Canberra’s iconic places. The Marion restaurant is open in all its glory, serving a real high-tea expertise, writes eating reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

Wendy Johnson.

AT lovely Regatta Level, The Marion is called in honour of Marion Mahony, Walter Burley Griffin’s spouse and her inventive affect on the design of the capital. 

The Marion is about luxurious. Learn the fascinating historical past of excessive tea, which has been reigning since earlier than the 17th century, on the within of the menu.

Tea is clearly a spotlight. The Marion presents 25 varieties masking black tea, inexperienced tea, white tea and natural infusions, many with names transporting you to unique places.

The Marion’s high-tea choices start with the standard ($70) and transfer as much as glowing ($80), cocktail ($90) and piccolo champagne ($100). Youngsters’s excessive tea is $45.

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The 5 of us chosen the cocktail, delighting within the Marion Bellini and the Floriade, created by well dressed bartenders behind the lengthy, expansive, open-concept bar in the back of the restaurant. The Bellini is created with glowing, Chambord black raspberry liqueur, rosé and hibiscus. A particular contact, earlier than sipping, is a peach mist sprayed on the drink on the desk by attentive employees.

Floriade is right here, so a few of us celebrated by selecting the cocktail by the identical title. Assume pink gin, St Germain elderflower liqueur, glowing, free raspberries and blueberries, and fairly petals. 

We loved the cocktails with the savoury begin to the excessive tea, served on particular person plates with solely high quality components used. The skinny slices of Wagyu beef melted within the mouth. The small cup of mushroom consommé was earthy, memorable and simply the fitting temperature. We indulged within the delicate-looking and delicate-tasting asparagus and salmon tart. 

Subsequent up had been the swish tea towers, with a mix of finger sandwiches (no crust after all) introduced on the center plate. The joy constructed with the tiny, gorgeous-looking sweets. The hazelnut choo was mild, the apple with cinnamon not overly candy, the pecan dessert an ideal stability. We liked these and extra.

Our tea was served in extremely polished silver pots. Our picks included the Oolong peach combines Oolong and black tea with apricot and peach flavour. The Pai Mu Tan and Melon had intricate aromas.

Tableware at The Marion is refined. Our teacups and plates featured skinny white and crimson stripes and rims of gold.

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The Marion’s employees are educated to take the high-tea expertise to a different degree, they usually did. Attentive however not overbearing. Pleasant however not too acquainted. Completely happy to take photographs of friends in opposition to that incredible view.

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Ian Meikle, editor