High Coffee in collaboration with Crown Resorts Perth
Our little Perth staycation at Crown Towers earlier this month (full report here), saw us miss the launch of High Coffee at The Waiting Room (TWR) by just one week. Given both hubby and myself go out of our way for all things coffee and chocolate, we jumped at the chance to head back. Unfortunately, there was no hotel stay this time but we certainly had an indulgent and decadent afternoon all the same.
You know that saying… ‘time flies, when you’re having fun’? It doesn’t apply here. There’s something about Crown Towers Perth, where time runs slow. To me, someone that has made an art of being busy, it’s the perfect place for some indulgent, much needed, escapism. A place to stop the clock, recharge the batteries and momentarily get away from it all, in style. Mystery Case
THE WAITING ROOM (TWR)
For those yet to frequent Crown Towers, The Waiting Room (TWR) is the luxurious bar situated near the foyer inside the hotel. Like the rest of the hotel a lot of thought has gone into the layout and décor. On entering, I almost felt like we’d been transported back to Singapore and a modern-day Raffles. It’s the high ceilings, the generous seating arrangements and the opulent interiors that make you feel far from home.
There are several seating options within two distinct lounge areas, together with bar seating and a semi enclosed outdoor area. Over-sized lounges can accommodate larger groups or provide the perfect space for an indulgent date. Overall the design and layout with lounges, armchairs and tables generously spaced, means you can have a full house but still maintain a certain level of intimacy.
Food wise the menu isn’t extensive, as you would expect from a bar but what is on offer, packs an impressive punch, as do their signature cocktails.
High Coffee, the latest addition to the TWR menu, had me intrigued. Having missed the opening night launch due to another event, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. In my mind, I had this preconceived high tea notion but with coffee. I couldn’t have been more wrong. TWR’s approach to High Coffee couldn’t have been more right. Highly rated springs to mind.
TWR certainly puts a unique twist on the traditional high tea, serving four decadent chocolate and coffee infused desserts together with your choice of a Caramel Espresso Martini or Irish Coffee. Rather than being served on a high trolley like you’ve come to expect with high tea, your High Coffee arrives on a board.
The dessert board lineup is incredibly decadent and you will need to pace yourself. You could easily share one board between two for $35 with one cocktail or upgrade to include two cocktails for just $50. Non-alcoholic options are also available for $30.
On this occasion, we opted for a cocktail and board each. When it came to casing the cocktail, it was always going to be the Caramel Espresso Martini for me, while hubby had the Irish Coffee with a view to us sharing our drinks to get the full tasting experience. Although, I’m told I wasn’t doing nearly enough sharing. Just as it should be!
The dessert pairings included:
- a delicious over-sized coffee macaron which to me had an almost salted caramel fudge centre.
- caramel whiskey mousse that arrives in a ball, encased in a perfectly formed chocolate dome.
- Nutella chocolate cigar.
- affogato with a TWR twist, featuring creme brulée, coffee crumble, Baileys & chocolate.
Your High Coffee arrives with a dessert fork and a wet towel because drooling at some stage you’re expected to forgo the fork and your luxurious surroundings to get your fingers sticky with the Nutella chocolate cigar. It’s a delightfully delicious given. The other given, is that fact you just won’t want to leave and you’ll be planning your next visit as you eye off the 6 world cheeses platter being served nearby.
Our only complaints… TIME
My timing for one. Hubby was not impressed that I booked our High Coffee right in the middle of the Derby. While there were two big-ish screens at either end of the really long bar, I was relieved to find we were strategically placed out of harm’s way. Probably a good thing given the outcome of the game and the fact hubby supports the Dockers.
High Coffee is served daily from 12 to 5pm. Given the cocktail element, I honestly would like to see this extended well into the evening.
TWR High Coffee would have made the perfect end to our evening during our staycation. Although there were certainly no complaints in regards to the moreish cheese platter we had delivered to our room nearing midnight but we did go looking for something a little sweet, like this, a couple of hours after we finished our $50 banquet dinner at Silks.
Speaking of the Silks banquet which was part of the Ultimate $50 dinner promotion, there the many fab and affordable offers currently running throughout the entire Crown Resorts complex here in Perth, it’s worth signing up for their emails, as well becoming as a Crown Rewards member for special offers and discounts. We’ve already decided we need to head back pronto and take advantage of the Lobby Lounge High Tea for 2 from just $55. We also spotted $5 wine, $8 pints and several lunch options, including a buffet for $20 and under.
If you’re a lover of coffee and chocolate, I would definitely be casing High Coffee first!