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Sunshine State High Tea

W Brisbane's new thrice-weekly spread uses native ingredients to dish up bites inspired by Queensland.
By Sarah Ward
March 14, 2023
By Sarah Ward
March 14, 2023

If you've had one high tea, then you know what you're in for — right? That's not the case at W Brisbane's new Sunshine State High Tea. It comes with a distinctively local flavour, which the venue's Living Room Bar has done before; however, this one is all about Queensland.

As great as scones and sandwiches are (and then more scones and more sandwiches), this thrice-weekly feast uses native ingredients to dish up bites inspired by the state it's being served in. That means strawberry gum, macadamia, rosella, wattleseed and more, all heroed in a spread that tells a Sunshine State story.

Sweet options include the beach-themed salted caramel mousse with chocolate and macadamia sand jewel; the exotic sunset marshmallow tart, which nods to Brisbane's golden sunsets; and a native spice-infused earl grey mousse, a dessert that takes its cues from Queensland thunderstorms.

On the savoury list: lobster brioche buns featuring seafood from Townsville, Yeppoon spanner crab on rye and Toowoomba free-range egg sandwiches.

There's also a speciality cocktail called The Ray to My Heart that's made with Milton silver rum, Malibu, clarified coconut and pineapple — and meant to evoke tropical North Queensland's climate.

Running every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am–3pm, the high tea costs $70, or $90 with a cocktail and $99 with champagne upon arrival.

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