// you’re reading...

hotels and accommodation, restaurants and cafes, southbank

HOT: Chocolate Indulgence Afternoon Tea, Aria Bar and Lounge, The Langham Melbourne, 1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank

DSC04862v1 HOT: Chocolate Indulgence Afternoon Tea, Aria Bar and Lounge, The Langham Melbourne, 1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank

Afternoon tea is my all time favourite meal. In fact, I could happily eat afternoon tea at any time of day, every day. I love the elegant atmosphere, the dainty food and best of all the decadent sweets and pastries.

So you can imagine my delight when Nuffnang invited a group of Melbourne food and fashion bloggers to The Langham to sample their famous Chocolate Indulgence Afternoon tea, which they offer on the weekends (they offer a Tiffin afternoon tea on weekdays). I accepted the invitation without hesitation and focused on choosing an appropriately pretty outfit with an elasticised waist.

DSC04944v1 HOT: Chocolate Indulgence Afternoon Tea, Aria Bar and Lounge, The Langham Melbourne, 1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank

The Langham Melbourne is one of the Leading Hotels of the World and The Langham‘s afternoon tea is held at Aria, a bar and lounge elevated from the lobby and accessed by a glittering grand staircase. We were seated on cushy couches and leather seats and given a brief talk by Head Pastry Chef Markus Bohm about what to expect: a silver tiered stand with scones and finger sandwiches; a chocolate bar piled on beautifully patterned hatboxes and featuring desserts made from single plantation chocolates from around the world; and made-to-order souffles. I’d died and gone to heaven.

DSC04915v1 HOT: Chocolate Indulgence Afternoon Tea, Aria Bar and Lounge, The Langham Melbourne, 1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank

DSC04932v1 HOT: Chocolate Indulgence Afternoon Tea, Aria Bar and Lounge, The Langham Melbourne, 1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank

I won’t go too much into describing the delicacies on offer but will just let you drool over the pictures.

The Langham Torte, an almond marzipan, cherries, brandy and Valrhona chocolate concoction.

DSC04960v1 HOT: Chocolate Indulgence Afternoon Tea, Aria Bar and Lounge, The Langham Melbourne, 1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank

A shot glass of raspberry jelly, fluffy orange mousse, chocolate and topped with wonderfully delicate chocolate antlers!

DSC04925v1 HOT: Chocolate Indulgence Afternoon Tea, Aria Bar and Lounge, The Langham Melbourne, 1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank

White chocolate strawberry mousse tart with berries.

DSC04912v1 HOT: Chocolate Indulgence Afternoon Tea, Aria Bar and Lounge, The Langham Melbourne, 1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank

Chocolate biscotti dipped in dark chocolate.

DSC04897v1 HOT: Chocolate Indulgence Afternoon Tea, Aria Bar and Lounge, The Langham Melbourne, 1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank

One of my favourites, miniature chocolate eclairs with a crisp dark chocolate icing dusted with gold leaf.

DSC04886v1 HOT: Chocolate Indulgence Afternoon Tea, Aria Bar and Lounge, The Langham Melbourne, 1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank

Lime and agastura bitters tart. Another one of my favourites.

DSC04888v1 HOT: Chocolate Indulgence Afternoon Tea, Aria Bar and Lounge, The Langham Melbourne, 1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank

Amarascata (cherry) and white chocolate roulade.

DSC04899v1 HOT: Chocolate Indulgence Afternoon Tea, Aria Bar and Lounge, The Langham Melbourne, 1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank

I’m not normally a fan of rocky road but I did like the huge macadamias in this version.

DSC04903v1 HOT: Chocolate Indulgence Afternoon Tea, Aria Bar and Lounge, The Langham Melbourne, 1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank

Lady Mogador Mousse Cake, a deliciously rich cake made with dark Venezuelan cocoa topped with a passionfruit glaze that cut through the richness. It’s a shame it was one of the last things I ate, because it was gorgeous but I was a bit chocolated-out by then. I also love the Escher-style pattern decorating the side of the cake.

DSC04955v1 HOT: Chocolate Indulgence Afternoon Tea, Aria Bar and Lounge, The Langham Melbourne, 1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank

The tier of sandwiches, including traditional smoked salmon, tomato and goats cheese and prosciutto with some form of cheese (definitely not cheddar). The fruit scone was light with a firm outer crust, just the way I like it.

DSC04982v1 HOT: Chocolate Indulgence Afternoon Tea, Aria Bar and Lounge, The Langham Melbourne, 1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank

DSC04973v1 HOT: Chocolate Indulgence Afternoon Tea, Aria Bar and Lounge, The Langham Melbourne, 1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank

Last but not least, the promised souffles. The miniature chocolate chip and passionfruit souffles took precisely 8 minutes to bake. I was impressed that they were transported from the kitchen in a portable stove so you don’t lose that hard-to-achieve high top.

DSC04984v1 HOT: Chocolate Indulgence Afternoon Tea, Aria Bar and Lounge, The Langham Melbourne, 1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank

DSC04991v1 HOT: Chocolate Indulgence Afternoon Tea, Aria Bar and Lounge, The Langham Melbourne, 1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank

If you’re now convinced that afternoon tea at Aria is a must-do, the best news is that on Thursday 10 June, The Langham Melbourne and all the Langham hotels worldwide are celebrating their 145th anniversary with a Global Tea Party. That means that every Langham hotel will be offering the Tiffin afternoon tea for the original price of 1 shilling 6 pence, or 20 cents! The catch is that bookings are only open to families booking for three generations or more, ie grandparent, parent and child.

Online ookings open at 1865 hours, or 7:05pm on Tuesday 8 June at www.ariabar.com.au and only 40 places are available. If you miss out on a place, you will be offered the opportunity to try the Chocolate Indulgence Afternoon Tea on weekdays in June for $28.40, 18.65% off the usual price of $35.

You can read more about the experience from fellow bloggers Much Love Anna, Sarah Cooks and Addictive & Consuming.

Thank you to the The Langham Melbourne and Nuffnang for inviting me to sample the Chocolate Indulgence Afternoon tea.

pixel HOT: Chocolate Indulgence Afternoon Tea, Aria Bar and Lounge, The Langham Melbourne, 1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank

Discussion

17 comments for “HOT: Chocolate Indulgence Afternoon Tea, Aria Bar and Lounge, The Langham Melbourne, 1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank”

  1. Oh gosh, that just looks amaziiing! How absolutely horribly decadent, I too love afternoon tea and sweets, especially of the chocolate kind! Will definetly have to investigate this!
    .-= Ashley´s last blog ..Movida Aqui =-.

    Posted by Ashley
    Twitter: squeewubs
    | June 5, 2010, 7:10 pm
  2. Oooh wow… *drools*.. No fair!! I want to join!!!!!!… That looks soooooo good…
    .-= msihua´s last blog ..Embrasse @ 312 Drummond Street, Carlton =-.

    Posted by msihua
    Twitter: msihua
    | June 5, 2010, 8:03 pm
  3. Jealous much? You lucky devils! That all looks so divine.

    High Tea is a such a treat :)
    .-= What’s For Tea?´s last blog ..Review – Miss Jackson – $$-$$$ – V =-.

    Posted by What's For Tea?
    Twitter: wotsfortea
    | June 5, 2010, 8:05 pm
  4. *scoops jaw off the floor*
    That’s a phenomenally dreamy afternoon tea there!!
    .-= Emma @CakeMistress´s last blog ..Chocolate Beer Cake =-.

    Posted by Emma @CakeMistress
    Twitter: cakemistress
    | June 5, 2010, 8:33 pm
  5. Awesome and to be honest, I think it was a great way to start a Saturday morning with fashion and food bloggers :)
    .-= penny aka jeroxie´s last blog ..Meatless Mondays #23 – Quinoa with moroccan spiced vegetables =-.

    Posted by penny aka jeroxie
    Twitter: jeroxie
    | June 5, 2010, 11:43 pm
  6. Mmmm looking at all the photos is making me want to go back again! <3

    Posted by Violet
    Twitter: violetlebeaux
    | July 6, 2010, 10:45 am
  7. Overindulged in this magnificent spread on Sunday.
    The food is delightfully delicious. My only other comment is that because it is so rich and chocolatey,despite having an empty stomach to start with, I was only able to sample a few of the offerings. I would have liked a few more savoury offerings as well.

    Posted by Dollie | July 13, 2010, 11:09 am
  8. WOW , That looks awesome. I need to take my husband there.

    Posted by Michael hunter | September 10, 2010, 6:11 am
  9. Looks absolutely wonderful! I would really fill my boots at that place!

    Posted by Spencer @ Moo-Lolly-Bar | October 8, 2010, 9:32 pm
  10. Oh, I think I’ve died and gone to heaven looking at this post. I hope to get there sometime. It looks so elegant.

    Posted by Rami | June 28, 2011, 8:19 am
  11. The dessert are so yummy. I wanted to taste all of it and start to crave at least 2 dessert from the picture.

    Posted by Scott | August 30, 2011, 2:15 pm
  12. This is amazing! I absolutely love sharing such amazing atmosphere, tea and sweets with my friends. It makes our chit-chats seem more “important” when done over such exquisite delicacies.

    Posted by Lily Rose @ Best Brain Supplements | November 29, 2011, 10:32 pm
  13. Waaahh… the white chocolate strawberry mousse just makes me want to forget about my diet … Gosh, i never thought that opening this post will be the end of me! Great images and pictures though!

    Belinda of wonder wheeler beach carts

    Posted by Belinda Stroming | December 11, 2011, 6:15 pm
  14. That strawberry mousse still makes me drool until today

    Belinda of garage door repairs

    Posted by Belinda Stroming | January 4, 2012, 3:16 am
  15. I (student at pastry school in Holland) found your website while looking for a recipe for a roulade. Wow!! This is amazing and inspiring as well. It all looks fantastic.

    Posted by Sonja | April 4, 2012, 6:38 am

Post a comment

Twitter ID
(ID only. No links or "@" symbols)

Welcome to MEL: HOT OR NOT

The decisive guide to Melbourne

Reviews of what's HOT and NOT in the city.

Recent Posts

HOT: Olivigna, 54-56 Brumbys Road, Warrandyte South
August 20, 2014
HOT: The Kettle Black, 50 Albert Rd, South Melbourne
August 18, 2014
HOT: Ascot Food Store, 320 Ascot Vale Rd, Moonee Ponds
August 16, 2014
NOT: Exxopolis Luminarium, Glow Winter Arts Festival 2014, The Jam Factory rooftop carpark, 500 Chapel St, South Yarra
August 15, 2014

Click for more in Archives

Get in touch

Want to say hello, ask questions, give feedback, advertise on the site? Email me at joyce@melhotornot.com

LIKE me on Facebook

We’re featured in LonelyPlanet.com

I'm a featured blogger on Lonely Planet
MEL: HOT OR NOT - The decisive guide to Melbourne Melbourne restaurants

Twitter Updates

    Categories

    Editorial policy

    Get Adobe Flash player