No one understands how perfect this union is quite like Chapter & Verse at the JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort and Spa. These culinary masterminds are synonymous with delectable High Tea experiences, each one choccas with the finest ingredients thoughtfully sourced from the GC hinterland.
Inspired by the echo of birds in the tranquil surroundings, there is a High Tea to suit all tastes and ages and yes ma’am, we’re going to tell you about them all.
Whilst deliciously different in their inclusions, each variation serves up freshly baked scones with double cream and homemade jam, coffee and teas, and a glass of Chandon NV Brut. Or, for a little more kaching, switch out the Chandon for some Moet & Chandon Imperial Champagne instead. Spesh.
Let’s start with the Traditional High Tea because, well, this seems logical. With a variety of both sweet and savoury dishes, enjoy hinterland wild mixed berry tart and JW macaroon using seasonal fruits. Leave room for the gourmet sandwiches filled with Bangalow pork, truffle Cheddar cheese, Witches Chase brie and JW Garden basil pesto and are you drooling yet, because we are ($64pp or $79pp to trade up your bubbles).
Your littlies can tuck into a Teeny Tiny Tea with mini mango coconut passionfruit slice, children character choux, chocolate candy lollipop, pate de fruit, candy favourites, ham and cheese finger sandwiches and salami and cheese rolls. Served with a special sparkling mocktail, hot chocolate or babycino, this $39pp (under 17 years of age) treat will delight your mini-me’s.
But brace yourself for the holy grail of high teas; the High Cheese. We’re talking Brie, blue and cheddar, served with quince paste, honey, dried fruit, grilled sourdough, crisp bread and crackers. Add in a local mix of fruit cheese tarts, strawberry cheese profiteroles, honey thyme and cheese financier and JW Griffin chocolates and it’s perfection personified ($64pp or $79pp to trade up your bubbles).
Seafood lovers, you’re sorted with High Seas. Locally harvested ocean treasures include natural oysters, tiger prawns, green lip mussels, Moreton Bay bugs, seared tuna open sandwich, smoked salmon tartine with capers and dill, and spanner crab sandwich. Then move into something sweet with mango coconut passionfruit slice, macarons, strawberry choux, seasonal fruit tart, praline financier and JW Griffin chocolates. Bliss ($74pp or $89pp to trade up your bubbles).
To mix things, why not try the High Bees with Spring sweetness infusions like honey ham roll with tomato and rocket, honey glazed turkey with Brie cheese and cranberry tartine. Devour honeycomb panna cotta, bees wax chocolate brownies and honey macadamia tarts, plus gourmet sandwiches filled with roasted honey mustard beef and onion jam. Nom! ($64pp or $79pp to trade up your bubbles).
And finally, for our vegan friends, may we present High Seeds And Leaves. Indulge in quinoa-wrapped roasted vegetables, green pea hummus and vegetable crudities, bruschetta tartine with sunflower seeds, and avocado on flax seed bread. Orange poppy seed cake, chocolate vegan coconut cake and chia seed pudding with coconut and berries round out this palette pleaser ($59pp or $69pp to trade up your bubbles).
We all like to play ladies (and gentlemen) so if you haven’t indulged in some JW Marriott High Tea fanciness yet, stop reading and start booking!
Where: 158 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise
When: Available weekends *bookings essential.
Words by Bianca Trathen.
STORY SPONSORED BY JW MARRIOTT GOLD COAST RESORT & SPA