Add a touch of luxury to your next gathering with a High Tea at Le Plonc
There are some weekends when you just want to relax with your friends. But instead of having them over to analyse what that message from your beau means, why not opt for a High Tea at Le Plonc?
Once a cinema, the 107-year-old building set on the iconic High Street in Armadale is now home to Le Plonc. Adjoined to high-end furniture showroom James Said, Le Plonc’s “salon de vin” style will immediately impress, thanks to interior designer Greg Natale. Featuring an opulent blue and white colour scheme, beautiful lighting, luxurious seating and gold trimmed tables, Le Plonc oozes Parisian glam.
Before you shy away from the idea of a High Tea on the assumption it will be overpriced cucumber sandwiches and scones, first try this modern take on an old tradition. For $55 per person (or $65 per person including a glass of French sparkling wine), executive Chef Allison Hartmire (ex State of Grace) ensures the food will hit the spot.
To start, enjoy “Caviar three ways”, including a delicate smoked salmon petit crumpet with crème fraîche and trout roe, a fresh oyster with champagne mignonette and Sevruga Caviar, and a beef tartare on potato crisp with Siberion Sturgeon Caviar.
The “Interlude” serves delicious morsels of smoked duck pâté , soft cheese petit tart and an arancini ball.
The “Finger Finale” ensures tasteless cucumber and egg sandwiches are nowhere in sight. Devour the poached chicken with walnut and chives, or the roasted beef with horseradish. Savor my favourite of the trio, the three cheese “toastie” with black truffle.
Sweet tooths will be spoilt with the “Mignardises” of lemon meringue, raspberry macaron, salted caramel tart with peanut brittle, and chocolate friand. At first, you might wish each delicious treat was slightly bigger, but you will be thankful that you have room left for the finale.
No High Tea is without, you guessed it, tea and scones! Deliciously fluffy plain and raisin scones are served with cream, raspberry jam and apricot jam. Meanwhile, relax and sip on teas including Earl Grey, Jasmine or Chamomile Citron.
Though the name “Le Plonc” is a play on what Aussies call “plonk” or “fancy table wine”, you don’t need to be a wine connoisseur to enjoy what’s on offer. The 75 bottle wine list focuses on marquee European varietals and unusual Australian grapes, but you can still find familiar favourites and be guided by the advice of the sommelier at Le Plonc. Try the Brut Domaine J. Laurens, Blanquette de Limoux from France.
The High Tea at Le Plonc is available on Fridays and Saturdays from 2-5pm. Le Plonc also has a range of other tempting options to suit any occasion, including a daily High Street Lunch ($39 for two course and a glass or wine, or $49 for three courses and a glass of wine.) Or, if you’d prefer a cheeky glass of wine and a snack, opt for the À La Carte menu. With the silly season here, splurge on a seven course Tasting Menu served every day for dinner ($115 per person, plus $65 per person for optional wine pairing.)
To book your high tea experience, visit their website here.
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