High Tea @ Motion Bar and Grill

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I had some desperate need to have a high tea before L and I were married (we got married last weekend!  woohoo!), so in all panicky efforts to find somewhere, ended up booking at Motion Bar and Grill at the Marriott Hotel in the city. The decision was made because we needed somewhere for a morning session (hence no Stamford Plaza), and I didn’t want to travel to Mount Tamborine for my first choice, Tea and Niceties.

Motion Bar and Grill’s high tea comes at a price of $35 per person and includes sandwiches, petit cakes and pastries, scones, unlimited tea or coffee and a glass of Australian sparkling wine on arrival. Pay $45 per person and have a glass of French champagne instead.

Food took a while to come out, but was presented nicely on three tiered stands, one between every three people.

Cakes and slices included mini chocolate eclairs, brownie slices, and fruit custard tarts which were all lovely. The scones were warm and both fruit and plain varieties. Sandwiches were egg and lettuce, ham and mustard, turkey and cranberry and smoked salmon and caper mayonnaise. All of the food was reasonable and hit the spot.

Disappointingly, the tea on offer was not loose leaf and instead we were presented with pots with teabags hanging out. I had specifically emailed the restaurant prior and confirmed that loose leaf tea was on offer and so this was a definite letdown. I am huge tea fan and as someone who has 18 varieties of loose leaf tea at home, I fail to see how a restaurant hosting a high tea cannot offer loose leaf tea as an option. The tea was also served in coffee cups.

For this reason, unfortunately I cannot recommend Motion Bar and Grill’s high tea, and look forward to trying out other high tea venues in Brisbane.


Motion Bar and Grill
Brisbane Marriott Hotel
515 Queen Street
Brisbane City
Ph 07 3303 8034
High teas 7 days a week from 11am til 4.30pm

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8 Responses

  1. Randomriini May 29, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Yes, yes, YES!!! Tea bag is definitely a no no. For the same reason, if you never been, you can cross off Kerri Craig. I think they normally charge $40 for their high tea (lucky, I was using Scoopon voucher) and they used (*&#@(*& Twinnings!!! I admit I’m a tea snob so I scoffed. Places I can recommend for high tea (aside from the awesome Tea & Niceties) are The Willows at Mt Gravatt and Queenies at Nundah (they really know their teas).

    Apparently, the new Hilton got high tea too now and I’ve been trying to get someone to go with me. Wanna join me? :D

    • Brisbane Devoured May 29, 2012 at 9:50 am

      I was so disappointed in the teabag situation! Twinings is also a definite no-no. I am actually going to go up to Tea and Niceties in a few weeks for my grandmothers birthday so I am really looking forward to it, have heard good things!

    • Brisbane Devoured May 29, 2012 at 9:51 am

      The food was epic but the tea was not! We actually couldn’t finish off the food we were so full.

  2. TIFFIN May 29, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Well, it seems the tea bags are taking over aren’t they? It’s totally unacceptable for a relatively upmarket hotel such as Marriott to fail on such a simple thing. You are right too about the tea cups. No one like those rubbish little white cups (even the coffee drinkers). They are just so cheap and nasty. And, while I’m at it, it’s OK to have a branded coffee cup when you are at a cafe as it’s a way that small business owners can offset the cost by having the cups supplied. It is NOT OK for a multinational hotel to use these at High Tea. For goodness sake Marriott – have some class. Try and separate yourself from ‘the rest’. Thanks for the review BD and also your reader’s comments. Very informative. Congratulations on the nuptials – hope the nail polish was fab


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