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What more could you want on your Sunday morning? The brunch menu is High Tea style including smashed avo, dukkah and feta on toasted baguettes, salmon and dill cream cheese on potato rosti, cheesy bacon savoury and sweet scones, homemade bircher muesli and pastries.
You will always get bottomless scones with raspberry jam and fresh cream. Depending on your dietary requirements, there might also be a mixed berry acai bowl with crunchy granola & coconut whip, a mini chocolate croissant, and a mini cherry danish.
Enjoy your high tea and free-flowing mimosa and Pimms whilst surrounded by pretty decorations of flowers and vintage teaware.
These are the savouries we had at Mary Eats Cake. Your savoury items might not be the same but rest assured they will be lovely. Photo @nadinecresswell-myatt
Mary Eats Cake is an exceptional high tea venue on Sydney Road Brunswick and now there is a sister store at Montrose. It is a venue that keeps on reinventing itself, as while it started with high teas, it now does all kind of events, including gin inspired high teas in conjunction with Four Pillars Gin.
The space they provide is elegant and girly with vintage teacups, fresh flowers and dainty cakes
Bottomless scones as well as cocktails at Mary Eats Cake - photo @nadinecresswel-myatt
Like the décor, the menu is dramatic, eye-catching and cutting edge. Their offerings are always theatrical with silver pots with luscious jams and white cream speckled with red rose petals. Candles glow beneath glass teapots.
There are always separate plates for the vegetarians and vegans. No one misses out at Mary's You can tell that owner Jessica Hillbreck is a French-trained pastry chef as the feasts would not be out of place at a table at Versailles. The name, Mary Eats Cake even echoes Marie Antoinette's famous dictum, "Well, let them eat cake!"
But what of Mary? For co-owner Sarah de Witt, who is a tea sommelier and the face behind Impala & Peacock artisan teas, she 'is the part in all of us that loves to dress up, drink from vintage, raise our pinkie and feel a bit posh, laugh with friends over champagne, and eye off the last treat on the High Tea stand.'
One of the many lovely teas you can have here is *blooming tea. With great aplomb, the waiter places a large sewn bulb of blossoming tea into a teapot of boiling water. As the tea steeps the magic bulb unfurls, and a crown of Asian flowers surface seemingly pushed up by waving fronds that look like Kraken arms.