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.
CMotion 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 www.motionbarandgrill.com.au/menus/high-tea-menu/