When I think of high tea, I think of high costs. I love going to high tea and pretending to be posh but when I find prices starting at $50, I tend to be put off - add that to parking in the city and it all becomes a bit tiresome.
Noop at Gumdale is a cafe with a twist. From the car park, you see tiered wedding cakes, designer chocolate cakes and a bright orange sign. When you walk in, it's a patisserie of delights in the case; tarts, cakes and rolls and decadent treats fill your eyes on the left and the sweet smells mixed with coffee dance up your nose.
They do gourmet cakes, delicious deserts and their coffee is a signature blend that makes this seasoned coffee drinker melt. Nevermind if you aren't a coffee drinker, the drinks menu is extreme. Milkshakes, thickshakes- standard and exotic flavour (lamington flavour is highly recommended), ice chocolates, ice teas, so many different teas I can't even list.
But enough about that. The high tea is a little bit fancy as they all require. After you have sipped on your signature blend coffee or alternative tea, the Noop owner brings out the high tea stand. It's sandwiches on the bottom - my favourite was the cucumber and cream cheese. Then magical little balls of chocolate and pastry and something else that makes them to die for along with soft warm scones. On the top are miniature cupcakes, flavoured with lemon and vanilla and teeny tiny frosting. At $24 per head, we were in heaven.
After 3 tiers and as many coffees, my posh companions and I lounged and enjoyed the company. Being a locally owned business, no one makes you feel obligated to move on, so we were able to enjoy the lovely atmosphere for plenty of time.
The owner came to talk to us, asking us how our tea was and sneakily left a dessert menu on the table in case we weren't sugar-filled enough already. It's a new menu which they are showcasing until 10pm on Friday nights.
Be prepared for a sugar-coma after visiting Noop- it's a dining experience you won't forget.