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Hopetoun Tea Rooms

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Published November 23rd 2014
Since the first time I saw it, I knew it was a really good tea room from the gorgeous cakes inside its window. I've never tried high tea before and had not even heard of it before I came to Melbourne.

So when my friend asked me where can we could eat after my exams, it just came to my mind; Let's go to Hopetoun tea rooms!

When we actually reached there, a long line had already formed. Still, many people were gathering in front of the window to see the delicious and exquisite desserts.

I've known that it was a tearoom with long history, from its ancient style decoration inside the Block Arcade. The first thing I saw was the green wallpaper with gold colour pattern mixed in it; it looked like an imperial palace in the old times.

While we were waiting in line, we were chatting with an old lady who was waiting behind us. She complained, 'Why do we need to wait so long for afternoon tea?' She told us she had been a regular for many years and recommended the English breakfast tea and the poached chicken sandwich. She said that's what she always ordered. After around 20 minutes waiting outside, I was told that the chicken sandwich was unfortunately sold out, so I ordered the cottage potato with salad.

And of course, with English breakfast tea. It's very classical taste and the milk added to a better taste. I have to say I really, really liked the taste of my cottage potato, it was just so delicious. What surprised me is the meat underneath the potato. The combination of the potato and the meat was just wonderful, which kept me eating and eating and eating ...

After this, is the most exciting part, the dessert;

Hopetoun tea rooms is definitely one of the most affordable places for high tea, with the average cost of $30 per person. Also, the food was not bad compare to other more expensive places. One of the iconic high tea place to go to, I would say.
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Where: Shop 1&2, 282 Collins Street, Melbourne
Cost: $30 pp
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