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Anyone who has a mother that age, or at least one who still loves cake, has become an expert on high teas in Melbourne.
Our family celebrates with her twice yearly on Mother's Day and on her birthday.
We have of course done the Windsor for the big 90 but other favourites include Jam and Cream and the Austrian bakery and patisserie Zimt in Surrey Hills. The Gables also has tables groaning with overload of treats and is in a stunning old mansion in Malvern.
My criteria in searching this place out was a reasonable price (given there were six of us), good accessibility now my mother is in a wheel chair (this included having no steps at the front door entry and accessible loos) and of course a delectable high tea. By Josephine met all these requirements.
So in other words this place is great for family gatherings as well as chats with girlfriends over cups of tea.
Regarding the high tea we were groaning with fullness as we levered ourselves away from the table. Savoury delicacies
include a selection of bouchees, croque-monsieur and French-style toasts. While sweets included Canneles, Financiers, Tarts, Cremes Brulees and of course Macarons!
But the specialty is by far the macaroons piped with cream and tinged with essences such as jasmine, rosewater and orange blossom and may call in people off the street just to buy these.
The only slight downside to this fabulous place is that looking out onto Sydney Road isn't quite as pretty as the pastel macaroons and cloud like meringues in front of one. Some lace curtains might do wonders.