An Italian and Japanese fusion, Cafe Blush is redefining traditional High Tea

Forget predictable flavours and bland interiors, Melbourne’s Cafe Blush is turning the traditional High Tea experience on its head. With a distinct European influence, this Calia Collective project is all about decadent Italian dishes with a Japanese twist. 


Having worked with Michelin Star chef Francisco Javier Araya on the hugely successful Calia, a passion for Japanese cuisine was ignited. Further inspired by a transformative culinary tour through Italy, the Calia Collective knew a fusion of both cultures was the perfect progression.


From pastas to parfaits, the Cafe Blush menu boasts dishes with traditional Italian elements and innovative Japanese flavours. Created using authentic brined and seasoned Japanese pollack roe, nothing represents this fusion more than their mentaiko pasta. Striking the perfect balance of savoury and spicy flavours, it’s a must try for seafood lovers. A beloved speciality in Fukuoka, this Japanese Italian love affair has yet to hit Australia until now.


After something a little sweeter? Sit back, relax and enjoy the decadent desserts Cafe Blush has to offer. While you sip on freshly brewed Seven Seeds Coffee or a glass of Moet & Chandon champagne, patrons can witness the artistry of renowned Le Cordon Bleu pastry chefs. Why not treat yourself to a lush strawberry parfait or earl grey tea creme brulee with almond tuile? With dishes presented on Cristina Re teaware and Le Creuset servingware, Cafe Blush is a truly luxurious experience from start to finish.


Found within the heart of Melbourne’s CBD in the iconic Emporium building, Cafe Blush could easily be mistaken for a French tea house with its Parisian charm. As you step through the spectacular lace bifold doors, take in the light filled interiors and lush greenery. Hanging delicately throughout the space you’ll find magnificent paper roses individually handcrafted by Melbourne artelier, Amanda Ray. 


Never your typical high tea, Cafe Blush is bringing Japanese flair to much loved Italian classics. Open now at Emporium Melbourne, get ready for a whole new culinary experience 


Cafe Blush
Level 2, Emporium Shopping Centre